Producer Roach Blast Busy Signal Over “Artiste” Single

Busy Signal’s new single “Artiste” is creating waves in dancehall, but not everyone is impressed by it.

In the single released in December, Busy Signal take shots at certain members of dancehall.

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“From wah day lizard wah tun artiste, roach wah tun artiste, ants wah tun artiste wah diss?” Busy Signal deejay.

Coincidentally, popular producer Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels found the lyrics offensive, labeling the Turf Music star an hypocrite.

This is what Reoach said:

“Mi nuh know wey Busy a deal wid, mi feel a mi Busy a talk, but Busy used to select sound and be a conductor suh a turn him turn artiste wi nuh know bout no ants nor lizard wey duh music, but everybody know Roach, suh a me him a talk and a try distract the people by speaking of lizard and ants.”

“If a man feel sey him have a song wey can tek dancehall to another level he must have the chance. Nobody don’t know where the next big star is coming from. DJ Liquid was a deejay first, but food haffi eat so he became a selector. Some a di youth dem just decide to go both ways so that they can survive because music don’t have a 9-5 system for them to live off until they get the big break.”

Busy Signal manager Shane Brown has since stepped forward to address the controversy surrounding the single.

“The music business wants a facelift and cleanse, a lot of people are not as bold as Busy to make that cleanse,” Shane Brown said. “We are not saying that some dancers and so forth can’t become artistes but some people are just hypocritical and won’t say it as it is. Some people have talent but it’s not everybody that has the talent to be an artiste. There is a subliminal message in the song because Busy was a conductor but he had to harness his talent. Some people are just too shallow and don’t understand the subliminal message.”

“The point is that Busy Signal had to prove himself five, six, seven years, to be on top of his craft. But now with technology, everybody use a computer and become an artiste; that’s why, the song says all lizard turn artiste,” Brown said.

Listen to Busy Signal single “Artiste” below and sound off in comments.



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Danique Martin

why make a mountain out of nothing. I think u skin too thin and the busy I know nah trystop no man food or stop no man from buss. a clean hearted youth.

Newton Lawrence
Newton Lawrence

Beres say you cant stop a man from trying.

Lovely Aurelio Quame

big HOTTED! mi lov the lyrics, ah the real ting yuh seh……..keep it up.

Godfrey Bami
Godfrey Bami

Nuh every1 turn artiste a go make it big so u need sm1 2 tell dem straight u nuh go make it.

Simbah Auto-Dangerzone Kandemiri

dis track is splendid n Busy is saying di reallest ting inuh dancehall industry, dat is ah real fact, maybe Roach is so insecure. Mi seh big op Busy.

Mikey A. Kranium
Mikey A. Kranium

Roach is too insecure about that name he has. If insect want turn artiste and a roach is an artiste, then let it be! Everybody want turn artiste!

Kelvin T Kells Chikonye
Kelvin T Kells Chikonye

Lizard turn artiste…

James Maxwell
James Maxwell

Busy Signal have a point everybody waan turn artiste. too much trash music in dancehall. we need more good music. the producers them need to stop water down the music.

Main Street

busy song is good but if you really follow the music like me as the first time I hear the song I had the same feelings as roach. see roach is a big time producer if roach was unknown and was not papular in the biz then it would be an issue roach is international and a big part of dancehall so it affi raise issue. big Roach and big up busy busy need riddim fi voice pon and roach need artist fi voice pan the riddim memba jamaica say no problem!