HDQ Carlene Demands Credit For Dancehall’s Influencing Hip Hop Amid Saweetie’s Backlash

I have to big up (Culture) Minister Babsy Grange because she is the only person outside of the industry players themselves who make sure that people know who to give credit to for certain things,” she continued. The point of displeasure came because many felt that DHQ Carlene was not given her credit for the inspiration behind Saweetie’s outfit. “Is it because we are Jamaicans and we are entitled to it?” she added. She used Lil Kim as an example. I changed that,” she said while adding that instead of acknowledgment, all she received was people who heavily criticized her and tried to pull her down. It was big clothes, heavy clothes. She also said that she believed that if Americans knew who to credit they would. When asked specifically how she felt about Saweetie’s outfits, she said while it was clear that it was borrowed from dancehall, she doesn’t think that the rapper knows who to credit. You look back and see! Many dancehall fans expressed their anger recently on social media after US rapper Saweetie posted photos of an outfit that she wore, which many believed looked a lot like one of the designs worn by legendary 90s Dancehall Queen Carlene. And none of them have ever said, ‘I am doing this because of what Carlene did or what any of the original dancehall trendsetters did’,” she said. Many of those irate fans took to Twitter to express their annoyance with the way the outfit was used. “That’s dancehall all the way. They all come with the sex symbol kinda thing, but that wasn’t dancehall before me. “Way back when, Lil Kim said in one of her interviews that her look (with the blue wig) was inspired by dancehall, and so if they know who to credit, they will,” she said. It’s because of this that she thinks the critics should not get so worked up. Many felt that it was another form of cultural appropriation, which they said is not uncommon coming from US performers. Twitter
Facebook But I can’t bash her for not crediting dancehall because she may not even know who to credit. She further explained that she did not believe that Americans should take from the culture without giving the proper credit but that “if we want that respect, it starts right here at home.” She added that she has never been given her full credit from home or abroad for the way she helped to mold the dancehall culture back in the 90s
“Go back and look what music fashion was, especially in hip hop before the 90s. Dancehall Queen Carlene is demanding more credit from other genres using dancehall culture. We changed that. The STAR spoke with DHQ Carlene about her feelings on the matter, who said that while she agreed that artistes in the US borrow many styles, she thinks that Jamaican people are also to blame for not honoring their own culture and those who influence its direction. Some even posted photos of Saweetie’s outfit alongside a few, which were worn by DHQ Carlene. “I have never heard a Jamaican artiste big me up for what I have done.