Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The Current State of Jamaican Music
There has been a lot of crazy news coming out of the tiny island called Jamaica in the last few months.
The country is basically attempting to go through a moral "cleansing" by censoring, banning, and flat out doing anything possible to rid dancehall music from the masses.
Even if you don't have much interest in the music it is still interesting to think that a government and public counsels can just ban music simply because they disagree with its content.
Personally, I think they are going about it the wrong way. By placing the title "banned" or making it illegal to play in public they are essentially making the music taboo in the eyes of the youth. Anyone with some sense knows that as soon as you do that you are only going to make the youth embrace the music and the culture behind it even further.
Look at N.W.A and 2 Live Crew for example. These artists received zero radio play in the 80's and 90's (until radio friendly versions came into play obviously) and yet their first records went platinum in no time mainly due to the parental advisory labels placed on the covers. Kids saw those records as something that their parents wouldn't approve of and thought that was a good indication that they would like what was on the record.
It's not rocket science folks. If you don't want your kids to become "shottas" or "bad men" just raise your kids right and stop blaming popular music for all of the countries' woes.