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Chris Brown's "Questions" make Jamaicans mad

Thursday, August 17, 2017

There we were-- scrolling through our morning YouTube feed when I saw "Questions" by Chris Brown released just 19 hours ago. Dear artistes: Why must you release videos while we are sleeping? At least on my side of the world here in hot, and beautiful Jamaica. Wanna know why Jamaicans are mad at Chris? Keep reading!

The video opens with a girl dressed in a merino dress with rasta colors (similiar to Rihanna in Work), thigh high gladiator heels and a side pony. We see Chris Brown giving the "shhh" gesture then he begins singing and we hear the familiar words of "Turn me on" a worldwide hit in 2004 by St Vincent Soca artiste Kevin Lyttle ft Jamaican dancehall DJ Spragga Benz. As we listened, we also noticed the moves were dance-hall and there were patois/patwa (Jamaican dialect spoken by 80% of the people).

Some (not all Jamaicans) in the comments section below the video were mad because they claimed that Chris Brown "stole" Kevin Lyttle's song! Dear Jamaicans who were mad in the comments, this is called sampling. See the definition below for sampling:

"In musicsampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece".

With that being said International artistes realize that Dance-hall and the Jamaican culture on a whole is hot right now and they are capitalizing on it-- it's a business. If our local artistes are not producing quality music to compete on an international level of course it will seem like international artistes are "culture vultures". Just, relax and remember it is a business and instead of saying people are "stealing our culture", let's step back, look into ourselves and see where we're lacking and produce quality. To the Jamaicans who said he stole the song, please read, research and try to understand what you read.

We like the song and video and think it's a great way to resurrect a popular hit to suit this generation.

Just call me Bad Boy Marcus!

Look out for more of my commentary on issues in the community and social media.

Let's hear what you think in the comments below.



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ZANSTYLE at Stylebest Biggest Sale of the Summer starts today

Monday, August 14, 2017

I do not know about anybody else but two words I love to hear in summer are “Summer Sale”. One of our recent (favorite) online shopping sites is having a huge Summer Sale for a brand on their site called ZANSTYLE! We found some high quality clothing on sale and thought we would share a few of them with you. If you are interested in the ZANSTYLE Sale on, keep reading.

We’ve decided to make things more visually appealing by selecting 3 items from the sale and show you how we would style them. See below for our top 3 picks.

Just in case you didn’t get the memo, the cold shoulder trend is here to stay! This dress is great for errands, brunch, an evening event or even a date if paired with the right accessories.

This just in – the shirt dress is trending and we are all for it! I love this trend because it gives you a lazy yet chic vibe and you can go from casual to dressy in no time. This wine color is great transitional colour for fall.

Ladies, you need a simple basic top in your wardrobe and this one from Stylebest is perfect! I like that there is a modern twist between basic and trendy! I chose this colour as I have no shade like this in my wardrobe and it’s always great to add a little colour to shake things up.

The ZANSTYLE sale on Stylebest runs from August 14- 21, 2017 and features quality items for both men and women. To purchase items from the sale, visit the website and search for “ZANSTYLE” in the search bar. Be sure to always refer to the size guide on the site to select the correct size for your body type.

Order > $50, save $20 | Order $100 > save $50 (just limited for Zanstyle)



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We're on a Break!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Hi Guys!

If you have been an avid reader of this Blog you know that I hate taking 'Blog breaks" simply because this is a fast paced business and views translate to being paid $$$ (let's be real)

We here at The Haute Lifestyle is undergoing a growth spurt thanks to my wonderful team Natasha, Dwayne and Dale. We will be experiencing positive changes in the next couple of months and we feel a break is necessary for us to have time to focus on projects while we re-brand and move into a new season of Blogging and Business. We will still release all sponsored posts and all other major commitments we made but there will be no daily Blogging.

We will be back in 2 weeks with fresh ideas and hopefully a new look!-- fingers crossed. In the interim, please check out our sponsored posts and we will also be sharing popular posts that you love.

Also, at the request of some of our readers here and overseas we have created a DONATE button to the right of the page for those who would like to make a donation.

Photo Credits
Dwayne K Smith of Dwayne K Smith Photography


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Nick Cannon is King of the Dancehall

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Nick Cannon and Kimberly Patterson-- Image courtesy of YouTube Red
Rapper, Actor, Comedian, T.v Personality and now Screenwriter/Film Producer, Nick Cannon last Tuesday released his film "King of the Dancehall" which pays homage to the Jamaican sub-culture of Dancehall. 

The multi-faceted Cannon released an exclusive preview of the movie on popular entertainment show ET and also appeared on "The View" with one of his co-stars in the movie Whoppi Goldberg. According to Cannon:

 "This film is Edutainment-- when you see the film you'll see that you're learning about a sub-culture that is global. When you see Beyonce' and Rihanna doing these dance moves this is where it originated from-- and it came from Kingston. Just the power of Jamaica in it self to celebrate their culture"

From left: Nick Cannon, Kreesha Turner, Kimberly Patterson and Louis Gossett Jr | Photo Credits: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images
The film deemed as "A modern Dirty Dancing" sees Nick's character known as "Tarzan" undergoing struggles and changes that leads him to Jamaica in hopes of starting a new chapter of his life and to support his mother played by Whoopi Goldberg who is ill. Tarzan experiences the Jamaican lifestyle where it's "Gangsta" by day and Dancehall by night where he meets a friendly Jamaican girl in "the dancehall' who teaches him about the dance and culture.

The movie also features Busta Rhymes, Louis Gossett Jr., Kreesha Turner and the lead female, new comer Kimberly Patterson.

The movie is available on YouTube Red, which is a paid subscription channel on YouTube that offers high quality movies. However, when The Haute Lifestyle team tried to use YouTube Red, it was realized that it is not available in Jamaica. We went on YouTube Red chat and spoke to a representative as it relates to using the platform, however our efforts were futile. We are curious to know, how and where you will be watching the movie?

Did Nick make the right choice by releasing the Movie on YouTube Red?
Also let us know what you thought about the movie (if you watched)



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#Branding/ Identity crisis

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Hi Guys!

We are in the month of August and some have said August is the month for new beginnings. New Jobs, new house, new opportunity , new blog name? We are in a bit of a predicament!

We recently realized that there is brand confusion with "Haute"! This became apparent when an event we will be sponsoring next month seemed to have googled "The Haute Lifestyle" and used the first random logo they found with the name rather than using the logo we actually sent them with our actual branding! How could they have been so careless? We could run into serious trouble for them using that logo! It then dawned on us after a whatsapp group chat they we need to change our name and branding!

We are not opposed to change and starting over but this will take some time to get the right name and branding as things rushed never work out well for anyone. For the next couple of months, we will be experimenting with names and looks (things might get crazy) but we ask that you stick with us and trust the process.

Help us find a new name!

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