On April 18, 2012, the Jamaican Observer published an article which speaks of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) presenting a recommendation to the government to make payola a criminal offence.  In simple terms, Payola is the act of paying disc jockeys or deejays for airplay.  This has been a raging issue in the Jamaican music industry over the last 5 years, resulting in a down spiral in the quality of music being penned and produced..  Some media houses, more than others, have been guilty of such an act; this can be deduced from the routine playlists that disc jockeys select from on a daily basis.  I agree with the BCJ as this issue has resulted in many quality songs being shelved and those that are lacking the oomph and the zeal, which is missing from the music, are constantly on rotation.  I say kudos to the BCJ for the direction they are trying to steer Jamaican music in and I do hope the government takes the recommendation seriously which will lead to them tabling a bill which will eventually be passed; making payola illegal.

The issue of payola has been brought to the fore as background for a more serious issue to which I will segue.  The issue of payola may seem simple but it leads to more dire issues which may stem from the constant airplay a song receives, a song lacking in moral but more so, is preaching or dwelling on practices that are wreaking havoc in society.  The songs in the spotlight for this issue of TL provide differing views on a major, but seemingly taboo issue in today’s society, Violence Against Women.  All levels of violence to me are important but this particular act hits very close to home, as close friends and even family members have fallen victims with little or nothing been done to provide redress.  The first song, Mi a di man by Popcaan, sheds light on the frame of mind that many men in society have.  The idea that they are the man in the relationship and what ever they say is final.  The entire song, from intro to the final verse, is laden with directives and the repercussions if they are ignored.   The authoritarian attitude that covers each line of the song should never be one that is present in any facet of society as there is a very high possibility that violence may be the end result.  I will now bring payola into the picture. This song is on every radio station, which is not necessarily an indication that the act of pay for play was present, but many songs with similar content and has less popularity has reached the airwaves because of the prevalence of payola.  The constant airplay that this song receives, provides more opportunities for it to be heard by those shallow-minded men who practice everything they hear uttered by musicians.

I am 100% against VAW and that is the reason why I am so disgruntled and peeved about the lack of airplay that the next song, Dangerous Love by Tarrus Riley, gets.  It is a very soulful song with brilliant melodies laid on a brilliantly orchestrated riddim, but most importantly, it promotes the ideal course of action to take to avoid VAW.  The song opens with quite an annoying young lady who obviously was never told that grievous words stir up anger.  The song is also an ideal response to Popcaan’s song because Tarrus speaks of the routes he will go to avoid the practice of VAW.  So opposite are these songs and their lyrics that and ideal response to one can be found in the other, note Popcaan states kyaahn throw mi outa apaatment complex but Tarrus leads off his first verse by saying  a radda to live pan di housetop dan ina contention wid ma woman.   The latter song falls in a category of music that is hardly being played thus stifling the growth of many aspiring artistes.

Artistes profess their never-ending love for women in one song then go on a different track and provide contradicting lyrics; in my opinion, any act of violence against women is a misogynic act.

Me A Di Man     

By PopCaan

Crowd Response Riddim

INTRO

Patwa, (laugh) Don Corleon

Heey, stay true to the streets ino pawdie

Gyal kyaahn clown man unless mi no yaadie

A mi grandfather rule fimmi granny

Gyal clown no gyal kyaahn call mi

CHORUS

No gyal kyaahn gimmi no chat because a mi a di man

Otherwise from Corleon a mi a di don

If mi seh no lef (d)i yaad gyal a deh yu fi tan

Yu kyaahn clown mi no gyal no own mi

Yu kyaahn gimmi no chat because a mi a di man

If yu giit weh first it nah go be a second

Kyaahn attack fry yaiy wid any weapon

Yu kyaahn clown mi no gyal no own mi

VERSE 1

Gyal, kyaahn gimmi breakfast ina bed ino

No gyal no run man head ino

If yu dream seh  yu dwiit, try no wake, play dead ino

Kyaahn watch di place dem weh mi go

Easter time yu betta lou (leave) bun an start buy bread ino

Sopm a go crack like egg ino

Faaty (forty) gyal mi get a Portland splash when mi an Zebbi go

Gyal a run mi dung any weh mi go

CHORUS

No gyal kyaahn gimmi no chat because a mi a di man

Otherwise from Corleon a mi a di don

If mi seh no lef (d)i yaad gyal a deh yu fi tan

Yu kyaahn clown mi no gyal no own mi

Yu kyaahn gimmi no chat because a mi a di man

If yu giit weh first it nah go be a second

Kyaahn attack fry yaiy wid any weapon

Yu kyaahn clown mi no gyal no own mi

VERSE 2

Ey, so when mi text dem come iin don’t read dose (those) text

Kaa mi know fi a fact seh  a you going vex

Certain type a feeling dat kyaahn express

Kyaahn throw me outa no apaatment complex

Some man a mek gyal a tun dem ina fool

My teacher no teach me dat ina skool

Kyaahn mek mi eye full a water like pool

Di bible seh  a man fi rule

CHORUS

No gyal kyaahn gimmi no chat because a mi a di man

Otherwise from Corleon a mi a di don

If mi seh no lef (d)i yaad gyal a deh yu fi tan

Yu kyaahn clown mi no gyal no own mi

Yu kyaahn gimmi no chat because a mi a di man

If yu giit weh first it nah go be a second

Kyaahn attack fry yaiy wid any weapon

Yu kyaahn clown mi no gyal no own mi

 

Repeat VERSE 1

Gyal, kyaahn gimmi breakfast ina bed ino

No gyal no run man head ino

If yu dream seh  yu dwiit, try no wake, play dead ino

Kyaahn watch di place dem weh mi go

Easter time yu betta lou (leave) bun an start buy bread ino

Sopm a go crack like egg ino

Faaty (forty) gyal mi get a Portland splash when mi an Zebbi go

Gyal a run mi dung any weh mi go

 

CHORUS

No gyal kyaahn gimmi no chat because a mi a di man

Otherwise from Corleon a mi a di don

If mi seh no lef (d)i yaad gyal a deh yu fi tan

Yu kyaahn clown mi no gyal no own mi

Yu kyaahn gimmi no chat because a mi a di man

If yu giit weh first it nah go be a second

Kyaahn attack fry yaiy wid any weapon

Yu kyaahn clown mi no gyal no own mi

Repeat VERSE 2

Ey, so when mi text dem come iin don’t read dose (those) text

Kaa mi know fi a fact seh  a you going vex

Certain type a feeling dat kyaahn express

Kyaahn throw me outa no apaatment complex

Some man a mek gyal a tun dem ina fool

My teacher no teach me dat ina skool

Kyaahn mek mi eye full a water like pool

Di bible seh  a man fi rule

CHORUS

No gyal kyaahn gimmi no chat because a mi a di man

Otherwise from Corleon a mi a di don

If mi seh no lef (d)i yaad gyal a deh yu fi tan

Yu kyaahn clown mi no gyal no own mi

Yu kyaahn gimmi no chat because a mi a di man

If yu giit weh first it nah go be a second

Kyaahn attack fry yaiy wid any weapon

Yu kyaahn clown mi no gyal no own mi

Song ends

Dangerous Love

By Tarrus Riley

Dangerous Luv Riddim

INTRO (Woman Quarreling)

Four o’clock

Weh yu a come from

How mi a call yu an yu nah answer yu phone

One a dem night yah yu a go come home an doan (don’t) si mi

Watch (kiss teeth)

Kyaan tek no more

Oooohoo, yu a hear mi Troyton

VERSE 1

A radda (rather) to live pan di housetop

Dan ina contention wid ma woman

Radda plant greens ina di jungle

Dan fi a war wid mi girl every second

First shi love mi den she hate me

Everyday mi feel like is warfare

We fighting on the daily

Mi and yu together girl it unfair

CHORUS

We got a dangerous love woman

We got a dangerous love

What a dangerous love woman

We got a dangerous love

VERSE 2

Mi no waahn yu kill me or me kill you

Nah go a prison an spen’ life chuu (because of) you

And mi nah look up ina no sun, mi nah go mad chuu you

A radda see yu sometime, a radda pass chuu (through)

Hey baby yu naah fi lonely

Di day yu seh yu done girl yu know seh I leave

Doh haffi  gimi no bun girl yu naah fi run me

Instead a fighting please avoid me

Yu love me den yu hate mi

Everyday mi feel like is warfare

There is a thin line an yu crossed it

Mi an yu together girl it unfair

CHORUS

We got a dangerous love woman

We got a dangerous love

I no waahn no dangerous love woman

An yu no need dangerous love

VERSE 3

Well I no waahn fi be no victim

Dis relationship sinking

An di same one yu kissing

Waahn report yu missing

An mi naah go do yu nutten

An no mi naah go hurt yu

Fu a next man go employ yu and start fi work yu

 

Repeat VERSE 1

Radda (rather) to live pan di housetop

Dan ina contention wid yu woman

Mi radda plant greens ina di jungle

Dan fi a war wid mi woman every second

First yu love mi den yu hate me

Everyday mi feel like is warfare

We fighting on the daily

Mi and yu together girl it unfair

CHORUS

We got a dangerous love Jah know

We got a dangerous love

Kyaahn tek di dangerous love jah know

Mi no waahn di dangerous love

What a dangerous love

Woman yu got a dangerous love

Kyaahn tek di dangerous love

Mi know yu no waahn di dangerous love

No

Oohooo heeeey ooohooooo

Kyaahn tek no more

Oohooo heeeey oh oh oooohoo heey heey ooo

Kyaahn tek no more

Oooohhooo baby

First yu love mi den yu hate mi

Everyday mi feel like is warfare

Wi fighting on di daily

An a mi an yu together girl it unfair

CHORUS

We got a dangerous love jah know

We got a dangerous love

Kyaahn tek di dangerous love jah know

Mi no waahn di dangerous love

Hhm, wi try and wi try

Nothing changes

But can we work and go through the phases

Woman a love yu but dis love is danger

A kyaahn afford  to let yu come an.. hooooo

 

(Song ends)

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