Shenseea's manager, Romeich Major, says he is prepared to endure even more bashing from Gaza fans, as he insists the version of the 'Loodi' song, which features his artiste Shenseea, is better than the original which only has Vybz Kartel.
"The real people that know music will prefer the collab. If me haffi get a flogging, me a go get a flogging. It (Shenseea's version) sounds way better than the original," he said. "The track that you hear out there now is the exact track that was sent to us, to do it in a female version utilising most of the lyrics, and that was what we did."
Since news emerged that the song which catapulted the fast-rising dancehall star on to the music scene was not an actual collaboration, Shenseea and her management team have been coming under heavy attack from the public.
A version of Loodi was uploaded to Vybz Kartel's official YouTube channel with the caption, 'My song was never a collaboration', and that was enough to send social media into a frenzy, as they accused Romeich and Shenseea of stealing Kartel's song and passing it off as their own.
But in an interview with THE STAR, Romeich sought to set the record straight, stating that he nor Shenseea have never failed to give Vybz Kartel credit for the song.
"I made a general statement about my artiste that she writes her own lyrics. I didn't say Shenseea wrote all her songs, especially Loodi. If you watch closely, most of the interviews that she did, at no point did she ever say she wrote the lyrics. She just say Romeich got the song from So Unique to do and that's what she did," he explained.
"If you listen the song, a couple changes are there. If a producer send you a track and say change the verse into a female version, what are you supposed to do? He did not say write over the song. I was working with the producer."
Romeich added that it was his understanding that Vybz Kartel and the producer had ironed out all the details regarding the collaboration, as he has never spoken to Vybz Kartel or any member of his team.
"In music, one artiste don't normally talk to the other artiste when dem a do collabs, and it's the producer who most times have the talk when it comes to the song, depending on the contract dem sign with the artiste," he said.
"I don't know the arrangements that were made between them. Everybody is attacking me and the artiste Shenseea. We are not the producers of the song, so go and look for So Unique Records and ask him. The producer link me and ask me to do a collab with my artiste with Vybz Kartel. Who wouldn't want to do a feature with Kartel? There is no issue between Vybz Kartel, Shenseea, and Romeich. The issue would have to be between Kartel and So Unique Elvis."
When THE STAR questioned Romeich about whether or not he had been in touch with the producer at the centre of all the drama, he said he has not been given an explanation on how the current issue with the song could have arisen. He also said that the producer is also trying to get to the bottom of things and has refused to give any statement to the media until then.
THE STAR tried to contact Elvis of So Unique Records, but our efforts were unsuccessful.