"Reggae artist Jah Cure has had his Mobo nomination for best reggae act withdrawn, after organisers found out he was a convicted rapist.
The 33-year-old was given a prison sentence in 1999 for a gunpoint assault in Jamaica.
Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, was released in 2007.
Mobo organisers said they made the decision after finding about about the "severity of the crime" ahead of the ceremony in Glasgow in October.
The move leaves just four remaining nominees in the best reggae act category - Damian Marley & Nas, Alborosie, Khago and Mavado.
It's not the first time a reggae act has been dropped from the awards.
In 2004 Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man were both removed from the category after they refused to apologise for homophobic lyrics.
Jason Derulo and Alesha Dixon will host this year's ceremony, which recognises music of black origin such as R&B, jazz and hip hop.
The Mobos, now in their 16th year, take place in Glasgow on 5 October"
Dear Kanya King,
Why drop Jah Cure for a crime he served almost a decade of his life in prison for? They say "Do the crime, do the time," he did the time and still can't get a break? If he's 33 now, that means he was 21 when convicted. Almost a third of that for this crime. If I recall correctly, the witness that helped convict him said she recognised his voice. No other real evidence was there to support him committing the crime, but hey, he got on with is and served about 8 years in prison for it either way. Can't a man get on with his life? He isn't a serial rapist or anything. This isn't to belittle what he allegedly did, but I really don't get dropping him. If you didn't know about the crime beforehand, you are as withdrawn from music as previously thought. If you did, but have bowed to outside pressure to drop him, you are as weak as previously thought.
And why does this only ever happen to reggae artists? I can understand why you buckled under pressure last time, but this time? Nah. I never see MOBOs ban any US artists for encouraging gun violence. If 50 Cent turned around and wanted to perform a medley of hits, they'd bend over backwards to let him in. Or Eminem, who regularly takes the mickey out of gays. The way the red carpet would roll out for him.
This right here sums up the MOBO's. They couldn't care less about real Music Of Black Origin. They much prefer to celebrate black people making pop music and already in the charts over shining a light on those who aren't recognised as MOBO set out to do all them years ago. Give a damn if the Brits award them, charts and sales prove these people are big.
Which is another thing, MOBO's don't really care about UK music either. Champion it all you want for the moment, MOBO's didn't really care until they couldn't get US acts and then UK started doing better. Remember when Sway got Best Hip Hop over Game and 50 Cent? Oh, how we laughed. It's just for the benefit of a few really. I couldn't tell you who owns the other awards shows. Wonder why...
It won't make a dent on your viewing figures, because real people that care about real music don't care about the MOBO's anyway, hence the awards is in Glasgow (no disrespect to the Glaswegian's but even you know it's true). You've got Jason Derulo, an upstanding icon in the music world for making, well, um, we'll say "rural" music hosting it. We know MOBO's don't care about black people, really, you've just lead us on for a while. Don't worry about it though. Have fun with your awards show. It has been said that the show is as tired as the special occasion wig you roll out annually that people poke fun at whilst you make you drunk speeches (you can read that in the TweetView from last year's award show), but that's so immature and will take away from the point. Plus, I'm not that childish.
p.s. this song is quite appropriate for this occasion I think.
"Impossible to see the changes that I've made in my life
All they see is just the boy I left behind
Cos I swear I can be a better man
I swear, if only you could understand
The faith in me shall set me free, relfection"
Finally, I think I'll quote the interview I did with Jah Cure in about '09. Quite suitable
Marvin Sparks: You’ve always maintained your innocence over what you went to jail for, will you battle for your name to be cleared?
Jah Cure: I don’t want to get myself killed because this thing is bigger than how people see it on the outside. I’m the one who knows what happened. I don’t want to stir up the thing and make it bad for both of us - because at the end people are going to be on my side and I don’t want to start a rebellion that causes conflict. We have to understand that. Its split; there are some people on one side and some on the other side and there isn’t any joke about it. If I insist to...
My name will be cleared to the most high. My actions will speak for me futuristically; He will know who I am and He will see who I am. My lifestyle, my livity, my words and my work will prove me to that day. I have nothing to prove to man because the almighty know my deeds.
The arms of law has failed me, so I don’t need not to go through any system. I don’t like courthouse, I hate courthouse and all these things, so I will take the end of my stick. At the end of the day, the world will know who is Cure after all. Jah is the one, at the end of the day, who gives justice. Man doesn’t give justice. Remember, man failed to give me justice before so there is never a time I’m going to have my freedom and let any man fail me the way he failed me before. Jah never fails me, man fails. Now I have Jah to deal with the rest.
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Bashy wasn't brave enough to keep the song up on YouTube, but I'll quote him "Fuck da MOBO's"