Popcaan denies claims by Kingston Music Fest promoter that he was provided with private jet and paid JM$22 million for his performance.
A man who says he is the promoter for the Kingston Music Festival is responding to Popcaan’s criticism at the show on Sunday. In an interview with Brandon Gonez, the organizer Dwayne Hines responded to Popcaan calling out the organizers for the shoddy organization of the show. The Toronto music festival went viral for all the wrong reasons on Tik Tok as partygoers say that they bought VIP tickets for $250 but wanted a refund after the fence that separated VIP and general was torn down.
Popcaan had criticized the show, noting he only performed because he didn’t want to disappoint fans.
“Hear mi a say now, yuh zeet, to the promotion team fi da concert ya now, make me talk to oonu clear. A lot of my fans vex and angry because the promotion ah f***kery So hear wha now, yuh see when yuh book superstar pon show make sure oonu fix every bumbo***t thing, right, you hear that!” the dancehall artist said.
The artist added, “Listen to me again! you see all a dem hardworking, independent people yah, weh pay dem money for da bumboo***t show ya, Oonu disappoint them and disappoint me. If a never fi them mi gah mi yard, and oonu fi know that.”
“Fix up oonu bumbo***t self,” Popcaan concluded.
Hines has taken offense to the statements by Popcaan as he tried to drag the artist for being seemingly ungrateful for past bookings.
“We weren’t going to address this but one of the situations, and I am addressing this as not only has worked with Popcaan but has provided Popcaan with his first visa ever to enter into Canada many years ago when he performed at Sound Academy… Second time when he performed at Rebel and third time when he performed with Spice…We have given Popcaan his Canadian opportunities many many times,” the alleged promoter claimed.
Hines also claimed that he sponsored Popcaan’s jet and paid the artist a sizable amount of money, US$150,000, roughly JM$22 million to be exact. Instead of taking accountability for the problems that took place at the festival, Hines lashes out at Popcaan for “riling” up the concertgoers.
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“Now when you pay an artist $150,000 US which is 22.5 million JMD… provided him with a private jet to get here, to tell him as the main artist and he’s riling the crowd up to give, to ask for refund and to blame the producers which wasn’t our fault,” he said.
He added, “are you going to give up your performance money that you got paid? Remember we have to pay our staff, who 550 staff, are we going to take back their pay because you riled up consumers to get a refund? You can’t do that. They have to feed their family the same way you took that money to feed your family or your friends in Jamaica.”
Popcaan also responded to Hines immediately after the clip with the remarks going viral as he noted he didn’t know who that person is and noted that he paid for his jet.
“Whoever you be…guh s*ck yuh mumma p***y!!! You provide jet fi who!! P***y a me get me own jet and pay for it out of my pocket. Guh s*ck out yuh mada and stop try pretty up things likkle f**,” Popcaan wrote.
Elsewhere in the interview, Hines said there will be no refunds for partygoers since there was damage to the fences, which caused the sound system to fail.
Videos of partygoers pushing down a flimsy fence in the general section to get into VIP have gone viral, and while many attendees called out the festival for the lax security measures, Hines says that fans were “excited” to be at the event.