Controversial Rastafarian Reggae artist Fantan Mojah responded angrily to death threats issued on Instagram following the release of his latest YouTube video, Touch that Body, which features over 40 buxom-bodied gyrating females on the immaculate white sands of a beach.
Despite the gorgeous Venuscape, one user with the unfortunate name of ‘gunrass‘ vowed: “When we hold yu freak rass, a dirt!”
The Stronger singjay seemed unperturbed by the threats.
“Dem can only talk, no bwoy caan see me inna streets and step to me. Yu have to have the maroon power, bwoy drop and skin over and dead in front of me no matter how much gun him have,” a confident Fantan Mojah told DancehallMag.
“Dem caan threaten me, dem can only talk, dem ah Internet badman, no man caan step to me in the streets. Dem haffi can street fight like me.”
Several Dancehall fans have mocked Fantan’s latest creative choices in his salacious video.
“Fantan did something unrasta like and it gave him some spotlight. He is going to try ride on the controversy, maybe to the detriment of his career,” one user said.
Another was even more deeply critical of Fantan’s apparent mid-life creative crisis.
“Fantan has reduced himself to a poppy show. This kind of music, aside from his supposed faith, doesn’t suit him. A big old gray beard man singing about pum pum smacks of desperation. I don’t like the explicitly vulgar lyrics regardless of the artist, but if anything Fantan needs to leave it to the younger folks,” another user said.
The comments did not get more complimentary, as another wrote: “This man is entitled to sing about whatever he chooses. But that chorus sounds terrible. How did this leave the studio? I’m truly discombobulated.”
Another opined that Fantan Mojah was simply courting controversy in a bid to remain relevant. “Well what I’ll say is fantan is going for the shock value again going for what worked for him getting his first comeback. What he doesn’t know is that it will only work once.. plus the prev song had a catchy vibe to it and persons were also shock that a roots reggae rasta would sing these type of sexual explicit songs but I don’t think persons will react as much to this one,” the user said.
Uncowed by the comments, Fantan Mojah is pleased with the general public reaction to Touch That Body thus far.
“Everybody love the song, everywhere it ah create a buzz, Suriname, Caribbean, Africa. People love the dancehall side of Fantan Mojah. I had always wanted to go dancehall, but I never found a producer who was confident enough to try the dancehall side of Fantan Mojah until mi meet T from Goals and Golds Production, ah long time dem know say mi bad,” he said.
Fantan’s New Dancehall EP
Fantan Mojah has recorded a battery of Dancehall songs such as Have Dem a Fret, produced by Krav Music, Pum Pum produced by dancehall singer Carlton ‘Ghost’ Jackson, and All Over Again for Down Sound Records, which will be released as part of a 12-track EP this summer.
“Even though an EP is supposed to be 7 songs, ah 12 mi ah go, if it’s an album, it would be 15 songs cause I believe in giving people value for money,” he said.
In recent times, Fantan Mojah has routinely courted controversy. First with his Fire King single, which earned fire emojis from Popcaan and other Dancehall stars.
However, he earned the ire of Mutabaruka, who used his popular radio programme, The Cutting Edge, to lambast the Stronger artist about his raunchy music video. Muta said that Fire King was in direct opposition to the Rastafarian values of probity and righteousness that Fantan Mojah espoused in the past. The two exchanged barbs and Mutabaruka even threatened to sue Mojah for defamation.