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Three questions for Jamaican DJ's from 'bigblackbarry'

Call us miserable but some things really need to be said about the music, it’s been bad for a while and it’s getting worse. In fact, have we already reached the point where all new artists are either generic ex-dancers or ‘i-insert-authentic-Rasta-name’?

It wouldn’t be so bad except for the fact that our music is what makes us known around the world: good or increasingly bad. The retarded spectacle of a deejay in tight pants preening onstage with his mantourage burning out gays. It won’t sell and it will get you banned…

We’re embarrassed and so should everybody. And yet the few with talent and originality that manage to breakthrough despite the backward local industry, often end up throwing it all away, like Sizzla after his classic Real Thing album.

Three questions tweeted from our equally curmudgeonly friend @bigblackbarry to be asked of all deejays, producers, journalists and whomever else we should hold responsible for 99.9 per cent of the sickness that passes for music locally:

1. When dem a do di battyman tune dem an pose up wid gunman, it neva occur to dem seh visa can tek whey?

2. When dem a stick up promoters an doan show up fi dem dates it neva occur to dem seh it ago dun?

3.  Wen dem a do a riddim album a month an saturate the market till di music jus a last fi 2 weeks, it neva occur to dem seh it woulda dun?

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4 thoughts on “Three questions for Jamaican DJ's from 'bigblackbarry'

  1. LOL! this is unfortunately the reality of what is happening to the music industry in JA and now affecting the entire culture. I guess i just have to big up FIRST for just spreading the awareness so to speak, because its about that time.

  2. G says:

    Please let’s be a bit more objective about the issue of music here. I am not a fan of pop music on a hold but everybody seems to be on the backs of local artiste when garbage gushes from the mainstream music in america which either promotes sex(at times in the most demeaning way) drug use and abuse(rap where now the use of party pills n hard drugs are at an all time high in music…lil wayne n such); symbolisms whether of a demonic or whichever religious background…what I’m saying is if America can get away with all this non sense why go out of ur way to BAN other forms of musical expressions? They burn crosses spit in the face of various belief systems but never get banned but a man says no to homosexuality whether peacefully or aggressively and the whole industry has to suffer? N we as Jamaicans don’t stop to see the double standard, even if a garbage wi have?! Wake up n stop moving with the crowd

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