Holla Bak hits out at Admiral

Young entertainer Rico Holla Bak Goddard has hit back at media personality Anthony Admiral Nelson whom he claimed ambushed him on live television on Wednesday night.

He claimed that Nelson sought to discredit and embarrass him during his appearance on the Festival Stage programme on state-run CBC TV.

Goddard posted a video online of the interview with Nelson, complaining that while it was meant to be about his song, My Life and the music video released for Sweet Like Ooh, the host turned it into an attack on his integrity and music.

“How can it be a hit song if I never heard it?” the Festival Stage host asked Goddard during the interview.

That line of questioning and Nelson’s harsh criticism of the 25-year-old guest resulted in the interview becoming very tense.

In a subsequent interview with David Davis, host of online show Tamarind Tree Thursday night, Goddard said he was not happy with the treatment he received on Festival Stage.

The singer was particularly upset about Nelson’s response to him saying that at the age of 15, he had written a song for Trinidadian soca star Machel.

“I will call Machel and find out,” Nelson had said.

Goddard said he felt extremely disrespected by the veteran broadcaster.

“For [him] to go to that level to make it look like I am telling lies about my achievements is disrespectful, and I do not respect him for that,” he said.

“Honestly, he had some valid points, but my problem was [him] not giving me the chance to defend myself, then discrediting . . . my achievements.”

Despite that experience, fans and supporters have encouraged Goddard to press on, and he said he would do just that.

“When you are talented, people will attack you,” he said. “I see myself as someone who is doing great work and I will continue to do great work.”

74 Responses to Holla Bak hits out at Admiral

  1. Aquarius Feb
    Aquarius Feb July 15, 2017 at 1:27 am

    Be strong and of good courage love you

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  2. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull July 15, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Never give up fam.

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  3. Orson Mayers
    Orson Mayers July 15, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Your music sounds grest. Keep making hits. Greer opportunities are sure to pass your way

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  4. Phoenix Sevyn
    Phoenix Sevyn July 15, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Bend Ova is awesome!!!! That’s a hit for sure…..Admiral doesn’t hear hits cause the sound of Gabby fist still ringing in his ears!

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  5. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 15, 2017 at 1:53 am

    ADMIRAL SHOULD STOP THAT BEHAVIOR NOW THAT HOW HE STRIVE

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  6. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd July 15, 2017 at 1:55 am

    HE STILL FEELING THE BLOWS GABBERTS PUT IN HIM

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  7. Tamesha Padmore
    Tamesha Padmore July 15, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Gabby ear bang he so he cant hear nothing

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  8. Boyce Jr Angus
    Boyce Jr Angus July 15, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Admiral just trying he hardest ta remain relevant in de world of entertainment…smh…….washed up relic. Criticism is his biggest talent

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  9. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte July 15, 2017 at 3:43 am

    I saw thw interview and admiral was unprofessional, combative, and really hateful. I listened to the music and sweet like oh is good. I like the rythm. these guys are changing the style of calypso. It needed to change.
    It’s time for admiral to apologize

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  10. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold July 15, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Keep up the Excellent work don’t pay him any mind that’s why he is still there attitude sucks

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  11. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt July 15, 2017 at 4:51 am

    These artiste making a lot of usless sounds. Admiral Nelson is straight up. That is the problem with you people. Bare smutty nonsense. Nothing constructive

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    • Philip Irie Clement
      Philip Irie Clement July 15, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Really… ? Ppl like you that wouldn’t give the young upcoming entertainers a chance is the problem… This JA admiral Nelson played a lot of smut back in the day from the back of a van so who is he to judge now.

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    • Dennis Taitt
      Dennis Taitt July 15, 2017 at 5:03 am

      The youths going astray they need positive lyrics. The time is now. The art form is lacking conciousness. Just my opinion Philip Irie Clement

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    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase July 15, 2017 at 5:15 am

      ‘You people’????

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    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv July 15, 2017 at 5:47 am

      Bro you right people that ain’t music educated would never understand Admiral and Admiral ain’t about destroying no youth he try teach them that to make money with any music genre from small countries must be done properly to go international that slackness ain’t taking them no way but in the alley.Take the tip And lesson from Admiral,This why TNT soca makes the carnival music world wide ask Lil Rick why he invited to Europe,America and more,Let me warn wanna I am a promoter we watch for new acts and any harm come to Admiral we going stand behind him and refuse who ever coming out of Bim.

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    • Dennis Taitt
      Dennis Taitt July 15, 2017 at 5:49 am

      True Admiral knows the art form I must compliment him

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    • Kym Reigns
      Kym Reigns July 15, 2017 at 5:57 am

      He was being downright rude and disrespectful. He could have criticised constructively. From the get go u could see how confrontational he was

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    • Dennis Taitt
      Dennis Taitt July 15, 2017 at 5:59 am

      I am not saying he was not rude I did not listen to the interview . But I know most of the music I hear so far has no essence.

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      • Sylvester Yarde July 15, 2017 at 8:33 am

        How can you Dennis taitt defend admiral Nelson in this regard when you have no idea of what went down in the interview. You too have joined the admiral in disrespecting holla back. You should be shame. Admiral was always disrespectful and insulting especially to younger people trying to push the art form. This is nothing new.

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    • Ronelle King
      Ronelle King July 15, 2017 at 6:02 am

      ^ you need to watch the interview before you base judgement then.

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    • Dennis Taitt
      Dennis Taitt July 15, 2017 at 6:07 am

      Admiral knows good music. Most of the season music I heard so far needs much to be desired. Most is misleading down grading women and promoting Alcohol.sex and to me that is not helping a failing generation. Straight talk. Wuck up rum rum. Nonsense

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    • Mary Amos
      Mary Amos July 15, 2017 at 6:14 am

      Dennis Let us stick to this particular story. Please listen to the interviews. I will await your comments after.

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    • Dennis Taitt
      Dennis Taitt July 15, 2017 at 6:15 am

      Most are filthy anyway. But I will listen to it

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    • Dennis Taitt
      Dennis Taitt July 15, 2017 at 6:16 am

      I will listen to the interview and the song

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    • Kym Reigns
      Kym Reigns July 15, 2017 at 6:16 am

      See?There u go judging unjustly. Listen to the guys work on YouTube then the interview please

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    • Phoenix Sevyn
      Phoenix Sevyn July 15, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Upload your ‘not so smutty’ song here.

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    • Marcelle Nicole Caine
      Marcelle Nicole Caine July 15, 2017 at 6:30 am

      I smile to hear older ppl say all young ppl sing bout is sex rum and wukup etc….. there are songs by Sparrow with sexual tones but u all like them…. Vincy songs bout rum are loved also… Yes some songs are over the line but let me say this Admiral is critical of to much ppl…. if ur doing an interview let the person speak about themselves…. play a song and ask how did they come up with it etc…. I watched the interview I was shock… the guy never really got in a word…. If u want to hear nice interviews and structure program…. vob Fire Works… they are the best.

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    • Diana Cave
      Diana Cave July 15, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Admiral is totally correct . He speaks as he sees or hear things , nobody likes a plain speaking person . I myself often wonder why these artistes have to sing such vulgar songs , especially about sex , untasteful and degrading .
      Check plastic bag , Edwin Yearwood , Gabby , Classic , Donella , Crystal Cummins , T C , , Ras Iley Gryner Lil Rick and many more good decent and proper music and still can hit a win or wins !! So admiral comments as he sees fit to do so.

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      • Dominique Tudor July 15, 2017 at 9:34 am

        Admiral owes him a huge apology.

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    • Crystal Fagan
      Crystal Fagan July 15, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Man i love this guy song

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    • Phoenix Sevyn
      Phoenix Sevyn July 15, 2017 at 6:36 am

      me too Crystal Fagan the one bend ova is a very sexy and groovy tune

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    • Crystal Fagan
      Crystal Fagan July 15, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Take my stress away nice too

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  12. Lady-Stylez Pilgrim
    Lady-Stylez Pilgrim July 15, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Everyone knows how Admiral is. Never go on a battlefield unprepared!!
    Time for the old veterans to accept the changes in the music industry.

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  13. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall July 15, 2017 at 5:14 am

    You should have got up and leave the interview.

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  14. Mark Rudder
    Mark Rudder July 15, 2017 at 5:28 am

    The Admiral and his opinions are no longer and never really was relevant. Admiral still thinks he’s the sh!t…he tried to call out Edwin a few years back too.

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  15. Kamiesha Small
    Kamiesha Small July 15, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Admiral right now loving this attention he creates… Idiot fuh years.. Good luck in the future hon!!

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  16. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv July 15, 2017 at 5:48 am

    people that ain’t music educated would never understand Admiral and Admiral ain’t about destroying no youth he try teach them that to make money with any music genre from small countries must be done properly to go international that slackness ain’t taking them no way but in the alley.Take the tip And lesson from Admiral,This why TNT soca makes the carnival music world wide ask Lil Rick why he invited to Europe,America and more,Let me warn wanna I am a promoter we watch for new acts and any harm come to Admiral we going stand behind him and refuse who ever coming out of Bim.

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    • Tanya Bretney
      Tanya Bretney July 15, 2017 at 6:07 am

      Stupse…so did you refuse Gabby??? At the end of the day…the point remains that the interviewer was rude and distasteful and I am sure that is not the mandate of the program. It also showed that the interviewer did not do his research on the interviewee and hence had no basis for the interview. Regardless of the interviewer’s personality…there is a place and time for everything and that wasn’t the place and certainly not the time for being so disrespectful. Respect is due even to a dog and the management of the TV station should insist that the interviewer issue an apology to the interviewee.

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    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv July 15, 2017 at 6:13 am

      Gabby and Admiral was friends before you ain’t born,They shared stages of shows,If people keep bringing Gabby little scene up not going change nothing plus Gabby is maestro he do not write slackness,stop using a scene that never change a friendship.

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    • Valerie Hoyte
      Valerie Hoyte July 15, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Ryan Videodv i respect your right to your opinion. The concern is the way in which admiral (he deserves no capital)treated this man. The way he spoke to him, the way he belittled him. Do you understand that?
      As for music, if i am hearing you correctly, you are saying this music cannot Go on a world’s stage. So let us look at history, sparrow used sexual innuendos in his music, blood, edwin, machael to name a few still do. It’s the same in dancehall which is highly sexualized.
      If you want to talk about responsible lyrics or how to write them well that is a different topic. But don’t act like these younger folks are destroying calypso. Calypso has always been steeped in sexuality.

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    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv July 15, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Lydia Collymore Admiral know Gabby is a Master he use to mix Gabby music when he use to Dj so no one knows what friendship Them had to make them go at the other.

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  17. Kerry Holdip
    Kerry Holdip July 15, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Admiral is a puke..

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  18. Marcia Walton
    Marcia Walton July 15, 2017 at 6:08 am

    This fellow is too thin skinned. When you are a pro you should be able to handle and deflect harsh criticism from whomever, wherever. I saw the interview as well and frankly, if he gets so defensive so easily and can’t handle Admiral, how will he be able to handle the rest of the world critics when they start to dig in . .. Some of whom has the make or break his career. He is talented but needs to learn how roll with the punches

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  19. fedup July 15, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Wait!! Admiral ‘music educated’? Lolol

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  20. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison July 15, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Admiral ?
    Who is the hell is that character ?
    For close to thirty years this underachieving ‘deejay’ has been trying to remain relevant in local music sphere after years of trying to bring his pseudo – American accented influence to Bajan radio. Mr Nelson was never an authority on Bajan music and despite years of being around it has never shown any inclination to be mote than a basis – less critic of local entertainers. While Larry Mayers and others have established themselves as critical thinkers the Admiral like his namesake has just been turning around in every direction without knowing his real place in Bajan radio.
    Constructive criticism is always welcome in the art form as this serves to push entertainers to the next level but his voice has always been there to undermine the development of young talent further retarding improvement to the art form.

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  21. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali July 15, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Same conversation. ..different year and listen out next year for the same old conversation

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  22. Earl Anderson Brathwaite
    Earl Anderson Brathwaite July 15, 2017 at 7:03 am

    My two cents. This talented young man hasnt made it yet. Although his songs has great melody and are catchy. By no stretch of the imagination are they hits. But they are good songs (my opinion). We all know there is some favoritism in all the music industries. So chief, keep doing ya ting. Be wary though of people who only have positive things to say and not constructive criticism at times. Deep down be wary of making hits ( hits are songs that you do just to appeal to market demand- e.g. what the DJs want to hear and play, what your crew want you sing). Those famous artistes created niches in the genre and made people love their style. Takes long. You will meet all kind of folks on your journey, focus on the constructive criticisms from the Admiral and ignore the presumed purpose. We all looking for plenty more from this dude, you are part of Barbados future.

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    • Pat BB
      Pat BB July 15, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Wait, it is one thing to look like someone but when u have the same name, that’s weird..
      My husband’s name is Earl Anderson and his surname begins with “B” as well.. Heheheheee

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    • Mesha James Sisnett
      Mesha James Sisnett July 15, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Earl Anderson Brathwaite
      That’s what I was saying. Admiral could have said what he said but in a more police way. Admiral’s intent was not nice and that is what is so wicked. It was an attempt to “destroy” an artiste not offer constructive criticism…….what I don’t understand is why?

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    • Phoenix Sevyn
      Phoenix Sevyn July 15, 2017 at 8:15 am

      But BAM BIM made it!!!!!! If that was a hit the sound of my sneeze could be a hit!

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    • Earl Anderson Brathwaite
      Earl Anderson Brathwaite July 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Pat BB really wow. Ya neva know, back in the day, things were keep secret, so ya never know Grand pa may have strayed

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    • Earl Anderson Brathwaite
      Earl Anderson Brathwaite July 15, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Mesha James Sisnett yeah, Admiral clearly had a bit of a chip or axe to grind.

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    • Mesha James Sisnett
      Mesha James Sisnett July 15, 2017 at 8:52 am

      Ye. Wish he would come and say why.

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    • Jai Khan
      Jai Khan July 15, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Agreed Earl Anderson Brathwaite, Admiral believes it is his way or the highway, but I’m seeing that interview as a fire starter for Holla Bak and I’m hoping he will take it just for that. Let the fire started on that show mobilise him to greatness…I’m looking forward to that extra kick from him next Crop Over

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    • Earl Anderson Brathwaite
      Earl Anderson Brathwaite July 15, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Yeah, he is good and will be great, no doubt. Sometimes they need a shake up from encounters like this to force them to reach an even higher level.

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  23. The Negrocrat July 15, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Admiral should be the last media personality to put anyone on blast.

    What is his training in media. Does he know how to conduct an interview, or is he just trying a thing.
    Outside of BPM, what does he know about music composition, chord structure, harmony etc?

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  24. Pat BB
    Pat BB July 15, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Some ppl needs to accept that the music has changed and there is nothing they can do about it, instead of criticizing, encourage the young ppl….
    That is y I love my “Tamarind Rod Show”..
    #Tamarindrodshow #RodderstotheWorld #Daviddavid #Michaelcarington #Djsnypa #LovewonnaBad

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  25. Dave Felix
    Dave Felix July 15, 2017 at 8:18 am

    He should tell admiral to do gabby so and get box down again

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  26. Amanda Greaves
    Amanda Greaves July 15, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Nobody watches festival stage anyway

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  27. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks July 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Keeping strutting ,don’t gave up. Remember in every thing u do, there is going to be that someone to pull u down. Always prove them wrong. Continued success and blessings

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  28. Julian Marshall
    Julian Marshall July 15, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I’m sure Admiral can’t do any better so he could as well go hush.

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  29. Harri Crich
    Harri Crich July 15, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Can’t tek Admiral, always critizing…… Feel he’s all da, stupse

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  30. Verla De Peiza
    Verla De Peiza July 15, 2017 at 9:05 am

    So wait…Admiral sets the standard now?

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  31. DE July 15, 2017 at 9:44 am

    The Admiral just hate local entertainers and think that he know ever so much about music and cannot pen a song for a boy. For years he has be doing this to local calypso artists on festival stage and you know they still going back to CBC because they want to be on TV.
    I always remember the year when the Admiral said that Crystal Cummins was trying to imitate Singing Sandra of Trinidad and when Crystal Cummins went on festival stage the following year and confront him about it, he try to denied it to the bone. He believes in the Trinidadian even when they sing a lot of garbage

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  32. Kemal harvey-bowen July 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Family he just vex because you as giid as gold and he had nothing to do with your achievements thats all assmaral is nothing more than an arragont self centered little boy that will never grow up and on the topic of music all assmaral knows how to do is select music question to him y if you cant sing you telling someone about singing cause you is a dj smh

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