Reggae artist Etana, currently embroiled in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against VP Records, has rejected an offer to record a Christmas song for the label. Etana took to Instagram to share an email she received from Shams, an A&R representative for VP Records, expressing his interest in collaborating on a holiday album.
However, Etana responded with a scathing post, likening Shams’ approach to the days of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and expressing her ongoing legal battle with VP Records. She also criticized Shams for working with a company that claims to own reggae music, highlighting the numerous talented producers in Jamaica, including his own father.
Shams clarified that his approach was a personal initiative and not instructed by VP Records. The ongoing lawsuit between Etana and VP Records involves claims of breach of contract, copyright infringement, and unpaid royalties, with Etana seeking damages exceeding $10 million.