Despite getting support from fans for her provocative single ‘Equal Rights’, Ishawna is receiving some backlash from the dancehall community.
Selectors have expressed reluctance to playing the song, while at least three male deejays have released response songs aimed at the singer.
Bishop Escobar said he would not be playing the song, in which Ishawna says men and women should both indulge in oral sex.
“There is no authenticity in her song, the rhythm is not even original. She is singing about her fantasy and I don’t see me playing that song. It can damage your character and cause backlash. Females have requested the song, but I tell them not while Bishop Escobar is playing,” he said.
DJ Ikel Marvelous noted he is a friend of Ishawna and respects her. But he noted that the song is not in his playlist and does not have to be since it is already popular on social media.
Artistes like Bounty Killer’s protege Prince Pin, KipRrich, and Don Vital have begged to differ with Ishawna’s position.
Their response songs have ranged from outright disrespecting Ishawna, to simply trying to steer her in the direction the artistes deem appropriate.
Carlington Wilmot, who produced KipRich’s song No Eating Rights under his label Wilmot Records, told THE STAR that Ishawna is rightfully using controversy to regain attention in the dancehall.
“Some artistes have to realise that when controversy got you out then you have to keep being controversial, so I guess she is going that route now. KipRich’s song is representing for the man dem weh know that they stay healthy by working out so they know how to satisfy their women without having to do certain things. It’s not every woman want oral sex,” Wilmot said.
Prince Pin, however, held no punches. He believes KipRich and other artistes were going too easy on Ishawna and only counteracted her song for attention.
“You have to send a clear message, we can’t mek dem mash up wi music, suh mi a fight fire wid fire. Some things yu see in the world, don’t bring it in dancehall. We can’t allow her to mislead the kids and I have a daughter so no bumpa inna face. Mi nah fake nothing, mi a be real and buss it for rights. ” he said.
Ishawna couldn’t be reached for comment. However, she did post a video on Instagram claiming the song was rising despite backlash.
“When dem seh your song nah go ever play in parties. Who vex? I love my fans,” she captioned.
Her ex-boyfriend, selector Foota Hype, who was drawn into the mix by Prince Pin, who mentioned his name on his record, declined to comment.
“No comment bout certain people,” he said.