“Pastor of the Dancehall” Stephen Blake had been publicly manifesting a collaboration with famous dancehall artist Spice since 2019, and he labelled the collaboration to be a success, however, Spice isn’t too pleased with the song being released.
In an interview with the Star, Blake said that it was hard to believe that three years ago he announced wanting to do a gospel song with Grace Hamilton. The two connected and met in 2020, but the pandemic did affect things a bit. He went on to say that the collaboration has taught him “endurance” and to listen to the direction God was pointing to.
The song titled ‘Solid Ground’ was released last Friday and it was produced by Vision House Records. The track was released on all digital streaming platforms and it has been doing good on social media by both the dancehall community and the church community. Blake, however, was still keeping an eye out for critics.
Blake went on to say that Grace taught him to seize opportunities in life. He added that she was a God-fearing woman with a Christian background and she mentioned doing a gospel track on multiple occasions. He expressed that he was happy to be a part of it, adding that he hoped to do more collaborations with other dancehall and reggae artists.
“I could’ve let fear of criticism and disapproval keep me from releasing the song. But God spoke to me following my recent three weeks of fasting and it is the appropriate time to release, to tell the people to hold a solid ground as the world is going back outside,” he explained.
According to Blake’s description of the track, ‘Solid Ground’ speaks against temptation and represents the importance of unity. He said it showed that dancehall and gospel worked good together. Referring to the virtual war of words between several female artists and Minister Marion Hall, he also stated that the track was bigger than any controversy.
Meanwhile, after the interview with Blake was published by Star Monday, the Grammy-nominated dancehall star got very upset that the track was released. In an Instagram post made shortly after, Spice released her frustration at the pastor who, apparently, released the song without her consent.
In her post, Blake’s face was crossed out as she wrote in the caption, “Stephen you claim to be a man of God. I asked you privately not to release this unfinished Demo that we started working on from 2020 and you still continue to clout chase because of your own church sister. I don’t know about you but One thing I don’t do is play with God !! TAKE OUT MI VOICE OUT A YUH SONG A GWAN YUH WAYS INNA JESUS NAME?”
Spice later made a second post addressing her fans to inform them that she would be temporarily leaving social media. “Besties I’m taking a break from social media, I’m not as strong as I use to be, Infact I’m weak and tired of being a target. Please pray for me while I pray for myself. I love you all, until the death of me.” At the end of her post she wrote a very clear caption that strongly indicated she wanted nothing to do with ‘Solid Ground’ track.
“The only Collab I have out now is with my son @official.nicho Po-Po video out now. LINK IN MY BIO RUN IT UP Until you see me again say a prayer for me , I love you all.”