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click to read VICE’s interview with Jonathan Emile regarding the “Heaven Help Dem” controversy

 

Negril, Jamaica/Montreal,Canada rapper/producer Jonathan Emile’s video and song “Heaven Help Dem” featuring Kendrick Lamar was posted on Youtube and Soundcloud on Saturday January 10, 2015 in keeping with an original pre-planned production schedule for a full iTunes release on January 19, 2015. Over the course of the week the video grew to 105,000+ views on YouTube. “On January 18, 2015 a copyright claim was made on YouTube by the IFPI (youtu.be/bIw2Px2VBO4) and on Soundcloud by Universal Music Group signaling the suspension of the video and audio content,” says Jonathan. “The original video and fan-made videos were removed, but not by us. A slightly altered video has recently been re-posted by us in its place for the time being. We look forward to resolving this claim and not losing sight of the music, and the issues addressed in the song and video: past oppression, police brutality and urban violence. Having a song with such an important message being censored by Universal Music Group and the IFPI at such a crucial time is clearly disappointing. This severely reduced the visibility and accessibility of ‘Heaven Help Dem’. The song was released on iTunes on Martin Luther King Day. We will leave you with this quote: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter’. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Emile was in the hospital fighting cancer when he created his philosophy of “MindPeaceLove”, which he named his independent record label after. He appeared on the Grammy long-list in the ‘Rap Album of The Year’ category and ‘Jazz Album of The Year’ category as a member of the Franco Proietti Morph-Tet. Proietti also performs alto saxophone on “Heaven Help Dem”.