Voice notes which appear to be a conversation between artiste Alkaline and his former ghost writer, Kasanova, in 2014, have social media ablaze.
In the conversation, they discuss Vybz Kartel and the Gaza, Alkaline’s increasingly weird and erratic behaviour and a balance of $150,000 owed to Kasanova for songs written for Alkaline.
According to Loop News, Kasanova confirmed that the voice notes were indeed real and seemed surprised that they had surfaced and had been leaked to the public.
“I didn’t leak them, but people are speculating that it came from one of Alkaline’s old phones which he said he had lost in a locker room, or maybe it was someone who had access to his phone who leaked the voice notes,” Kasanova said.
He confirmed that the conversation in the eight-minute-long video between himself and Alkaline is real.
Sources close to Alkaline, have claimed that the voice note is a sham and attempt to use his name and career as leverage.
“It is obvious that the conversations are not related in any way, it is just desperation on the part of that artiste who is best friends with the person who appeared on ER dissing Alkaline. You can hear the pause between the conversations, they don’t relate, it is just a pathetic attempt to smear Alkaline…we don’t even want to comment on it,” a member of Alkaline’s camp said.
According to Kasanova, since the leak of the voice notes, he is already feeling the backlash.
“Right now, I am getting some backlash from the video on youtube, especially from Alkaline’s Vendetta fans, but slowly but surely, even some of them are jumping on my side, saying that the advice I gave him about dissing Vybz Kartel was true, and the part about his weird behaviour,” he said.
Kasanova, whose real name is Aeriel McIntosh, and Alkaline both attended Ardenne High School together and were close friends. Another artiste, Kranical, was also part of their Ardenne crew and aspired to be an artiste. Last year, Kranical appeared on an ER interview stating that he was betrayed by Alkaline after purchasing his black contacts. When Alkaline began his music career, Kasanova acted as a ghost writer for him, but the two parted ways in August 2014.
“All of us were friends, Mr. Morrison of Cahban Records, and who was our musical teacher at Ardenne invested 3 million in his career. He let the money, and the hype, and the waste girls change him. His pride and arrogance will be his downfall. Me did have to cut him off because his morals are different from mine, him ah say some things mi no agree with,” he said.
One key reason they parted ways also related to Alkaline’s refusal to give Vybz Kartel any credit for influencing his music.
“We actually discussed it and say we were going to say we ah gwaan run off the place till Vybz Kartel return. We are huge Kartel fans, we have always been, but he switched it up and said he is going to ‘morph’ into the new Kartel and take his place, and that caused a big friction with me, because it never feel right,” he said.
Asked if these revelations stemmed from the bitterness over the $150,000 Alkaline allegedly owed him to ghost-write some of his songs, Kasanova said:
“No, I am not bitter. Mi a ghetto youth, he didn’t pay me the 150 k and that’s why mi drop outta Mico College. I am not butter, this is just part of life, we were best friends growing up, but I cut the link when I realised that he let the hype get to him and he dissed Mr. Morrison, and then Notnice. Mek him crash and burn.”
He is signed to Super K Studios Music. Two of his new singles are ‘R.I.P’, a tribute to J Capri, and ‘Usain Bolt Gaza’, a counteraction to ‘Champion Bwoy’. He reportedly kicked off his solo career in October, and was quickly discovered by Super K Studios Music.
“While we take note of this controversy between Alkaline and Kasanova, this controversy will not be our main focus or marketing strategy going forward, we want to focus on his talent. We just want to clear the air and move on because we have promoters approaching us for shows in Philadelphia, Canada and Trinidad…we have even been approached by Britjam as well for their 2016 staging,” an official representative of Super K Studios Music, said in a release.
Kasanova recently released a mixtape called ‘Chrysalis Street: Don’t Fit in, Stand Out’.