Not only is Dancehall music known for its raunchy song lyrics, explicit music videos, and upbeat riddims, but it is also famous for its clash culture, where various artistes challenge each other in lyrical battles by releasing diss tracks or trading insults through music at stage shows (oftentimes at Sting).
Although Dancehall music has changed throughout the years, clash culture is still alive and well as the beginning of 2024 heralds one of the most talked about female clashes in a while.
The three-for-three diss track exchange between Jada Kingdom and Stefflon Don had multiple social media platforms, mainly TikTok and Instagram, in a frenzy. The online musical feud also spanned countries as citizens from Jamaica, England, Nigeria, and even the United States got involved to the point of requesting diss track song translations just so they could understand what was being said.
Hardcore lyrics and disses were exchanged between the two allegedly deriving from the fact that Burna Boy, Stefflon Don’s ex, gifted Jada a Birkin bag, among other things, and thus Stefflon Don subsequently shaded Jada in a song and then changed the song’s lyrics to explicitly state that she was talking about her. This kickstarted the war and a total of six songs, three on each side were released.
Stefflon Don released Dat A Dat, Dead Gyal Walking, and Dead Gyal Talking while Jada Kingdom replied to each diss with her songs London Bed, Steff Lazarus, and Accept Dat.
People were taking sides at every turn and while some declared Jada the winner, others held the opinion that Stefflon Don won the war.
Many viewers of the clash stated that they had not seen such an exciting Dancehall clash in a while and one specific person stated, “I am proud of Jada and Steff, this is the first clash in 16 years that got everyone excited. Thank you both, nuh matter what everyone can see how talented you both are.”
The question that remains however is whether the lyrical warfare between the two women was just a silly feud for entertainment or viewed more seriously as the biggest female clash in Dancehall’s history.
Among the list of female clashes that made their mark in clash culture, we have Lady Saw vs Spice, Lady Saw vs Macka Diamond, Spice vs Shenseea, Shenseea vs Jada Kingdom, Ishawna vs Dovey Magnum, Lisa Hyper vs Queen Paula, and Lady P vs Lady G vs Sister Charmaine vs Patra, and more.
At a time when many veteran Dancehall artistes and the Dancehall community at large think that clash culture is dying out or ruining the music, Jada Kingdom and Stefflon Don seemed to have sparked new hope for those who are in favour of the endeavour.
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