Police ShootingYou often hear that life is a cycle and it is only a matter of time before you repeat the things that you were accustomed doing at some point in your life.  Relevance of this reference, in the early 2000s, there was a large spike in the number of police killings in Jamaica, so much so that the country was considered  the nation with the highest number of police killings per capita.  This supports the constant position of mine that Jamaica is only a dot on the map but has been able to attain some of the biggest titles and labels; both good and bad.  After the early surge of the aforementioned police killings, there was a cooling off period (but never an absence of these incidences) in the mid 2000.  At the turn of 2009/2010, there was a flurry again, more serious that before, which warranted a commission of inquiry, INDECOM, to be established to investigate  all policing killings and malpractices.  As before, there was a reduction and a cooling off period.   I referred to these early instances of police killings to highlight the spike of present day.  The first 12 days of 2013 saw 18 lives ended at the hands of the police,  leaving me baffled by the 1.5 daily average, which, if continues will see 547.5 police related deaths at year end.  This pattern of sporadic killings followed by a calm can be analogized as pregnancy contractions; each being worse than the previous.  These contractions, from their initial appearance, persist until the baby is born.  Following this line of analogy, what kind of baby will be born at the end of these police killings?  To provide an answer one has to question the bloodline of the parents; the causes of these killings.  At the height of these killings (the end of pregnancy), who will this child (whom I have named Jah-lef-yah)  resemble or have more traits of, the mother or the father.  You heard me correctly, Jah-lef-yah.  Jamaicans often say Jah mek yah and as such, he will always be with our little island.  However, with the current state of the country, God must me very upset and displeased, thus making up his mind to leave.  If these police killings are to be addressed the causes must be examined.  On this note, let’s get to know the parents of the possible child at the end of these severe contractions.

In most cases, there is a close connection between a baby and his/her mother; a bond formed in the womb.  Therefore, the decisions to be made that will determine who this baby grows up to be is often influenced by the mother; who is often considered to have a greater influence over the child than the father.  Following this line of argument, I introduce to you, the mother of Jah-lef-yah, Crime.  In a country whose growth in every sense is hampered by crime, police officers often see it as their civic duty to protect the nation’s citizens, themselves included, by any means necessary.  This onus creates a ‘shoot first and ask questions after’ mentality which is more destructive than realized.  Adding to this problem is the existence of the bad cops that Anthony B speaks of in his song titled Good Cop Bad Cop.  These police are criminals themselves who use their job to camouflage their activities.  Therefore, when personal vendettas are delivered and murder is the result, these killings are swept under the ‘Cop on duty’ rug; inevitably contributing to the general statistics.  On the same note, most criminal activities have seen an increase over the years, which means that there is an ever increasing need for the presence of more police officers.   However, are these officers equipped mentally to deal with the harsh realities that they will face?  Maybe, maybe not, on any account, what is their coping mechanism?  Many officers will tell you that when on active duty, their gun is their only defence and they will use it.  With this chain of thought, body count will be racked up; even for a misdemeanor.

 

Police

As you will hear in most of the songs featured in this entry, there are numerous issues that citizens face when they encounter the police.  As Queen Ifrica mentions, members from all different echelons of society are always in altercations with the police; from the government to the taxi man.  Why, what is the possible common denominator of most if not all altercations?  I take the opportunity to introduce the father of Jah-lef-yah; Power.  In most police altercations, someone is often rendered powerless; though this absence is often mental.  The powerless party may be the police or the civilian but what remains constant is that in the effort to regain power someone gets hurt.  Queen Ifrica states that police officers have to think before they draw (their weapons) but this will be highly improbable if this craving for power persists.  The gun is often considered the ultimate source of power, thus when the police is the powerless party they will draw on their source of power to recover that power lost.  However, when the other party thinks they are powerless they are going to try to get some by whatever means necessary, regardless of the account taken to gain power, the police are going to wield their source of power; which seems to hardly be reholstered without being fired.  In  Baby Cham’s Babylon Bwoy¸ he thinks he was disrespected by the actions of the police (both the drape and the kick).  Being dissed (disrespected) is considered, by the disrespected party and possibly individuals present at time of the diss, as an immediate loss of power.  As such, listen to the heights of fury and rage that is developed by Cham, in all this rage (though it did not transpire in the song) he will aim to recover the power lost which is indicated by the line same way Ratty dem end up, yu wi end up same way.  Ratty was a feature character, played by Mark Danvers, in the prolific Jamaican film Third World Cop, who was the leader of the Ratty Gang; all of whose members were killed by police.  Therefore, in this earnest effort to recover power, power will have to be exerted, which often leads to the demise of one or both parties involved.

Jah-lef-yah has very influential parents who seem to be known in all corners of Jamaica and it can be seen that the places they frequent seem to have a higher rate of police killings.  There is little hidden, hence it is known that both parents have hands in the numerous police killings (of civilians) that occur around the nation.  Therefore, if these two individuals can be controlled, there will be an immediate reduction of police killings.  The conception of Jah-lef-yah has not yet materialized but if the parents are allowed to roam freely with little or no precautionary measures taken, this conception will be inevitable.  There is a prevalent axiom that says “If God ( Jah) is with us then who shall be against us”, which has been the foundation of the Jamaican play on words Jah mek yah.  Going by that premise that when God (Jah) is with a nation it can withstand anything, I have one question, what happens when  Jah-lef-yah?

Protect and Serve
Queen Ifrica

Protect and Serve Riddim

INTRO

Report over police scanner 

Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world

Where one committed every nine hours

And caught in the middle is the police

5-0, 5-0

Nobody move

Weh mi seh nobody move

Wi kyaa tek it no more

Go pan dig rung bwoy do move

Do officer no kill him, no kill him officer

Hey gyal go inna yu yard yu no see police

We need somebody now fi defend di poor

Bad man, police, everybody a kick dung wi door

It’s our concern ino

CHORUS

Government and police

Civilian and police

Taxi man and police

Everyone and police a war

Who mek I reach so far

Is a while now I no spot a squaddy in a lawn a par

Police haffi run from police

What is this pan police

Mi no know but di ting bizarre

Right now di force need CPR

It look like da wound deh a go leave a scar

VERSE 1

Officer yu kyaah throw gas inna faiya

Cause di people a go bawl and go fi di tired

Mek di church haffi go kneel and go inna praiya

When di people a rebel and a seh dem a suffer

A criminal elements alone no love di law

So why a di majority a call yu murderer

Mi tink we need fi hurry up and solve da puzzle yah

Remember our duty is to first uphold the law

No matter how it ruff yu haffi tink before yu draw

When di people dem no with yu den di criminal a plot

So no kick off mi door when yu come inna mi yard

Mi know di ting tuff mi know it ruff mi know it hard

Wi know seh dem yah youth yah dem no have no discipline

But police brutality is just a better sin

A hope yu really listening

Sopm wrong cause everybody bawling

CHORUS

Vendor and police

Soldier and police

Stage show and police

Soundman and police a war

Who mek I reach so far

Is a while now I no spot a squaddy in a lawn a par

Police haffi run from police

What is this pan police

Mi no know but di ting bizarre

Right now di force need CPR

It look like da wound deh a go

 

VERSE 2

Yu went into di force, no so, fi protect and serve

Yu mada neva with it so it mash up har nerves

But yu seh yu nah lef it cause u have a concern

Bout di youth dem weh a buss it and somehow dem nah learn

Yu ruff up everybody no respect yu nah earn

Extreme tolerance fi dat wi all yearn

Di people dem from di gully side, di gaza strip di lanes and di tavern

Wudda love fi see di day when every gun burn

Police get back a baton and di poor pocket fatten

Den yu wouldn’t haffi worry bout crime kaa

Di shotta dem a pree di dollar sign

So mek up unu mind cause wi looking around and we see nuff youth trying

A no kill fi kill help in a perilous time a chill fi chill so find di will

And no dis a no just rhyme move the veil from yu eye

Cause somebody obviously blind

CHORUS

Artiste and police

Highgrade and police

Bad wod and police

Everyone and police a war

Who mek I reach so far

Is a while now I no spot a squaddy in a lawn a par

Police haffi run from police

What is this pan police

Mi no know but di ting bizarre

Right now di force need CPR

It look like da wound deh a go leave a scar

Repeat VERSE 1

Officer yu kyaah throw gas inna faiya

Cause di people a go bawl and go fi di tired

Mek di church haffi go kneel and go inna praiya

Di people a rebel and a seh dem a suffer

A criminal elements alone no love di law

So why a di majority a call yu murderer

Mi tink we need fi hurry up and solve da puzzle yah

Remember our duty is to first uphold the law

No matter how it ruff yu haffi tink before yu draw

When di people dem no with yu den di criminal a plot

So no kick off mi door when yu come inna mi yard

Mi know di ting ruff mi know it tuff mi know it hard

Wi know seh dem yah youth yah dem no have no discipline

But police brutality is just a better sin

A hope yu really listening

Sopm wrong cause everybody bawling

 

CHORUS

Government and police

Civilian and police

Taxi man and police

Everyone and police a war

Who mek I reach so far

Is a while now I no spot a squaddy in a lawn a par

Police haffi run from police

What is this pan police

Mi no know but di ting bizarre

Right now di force need CPR

It look like da wound deh a go leave a scar

 

SONG ENDS

The Police
Masicka

Equinoxx Music

INTRO

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Yu si di hunger plus di

Inna di ghetto plus di

Suffering plus di

 yow plus di bills dem plus di

hunger plus di

hustle

 

VERSE 1

Iina di in deh mi come from

A no cartoon ting like Jerry and Tom

Thugs dem a roll out deadly and arm

Wi a suffer want money inna every man palm

Dutty Babylon

Stop everything weh wi try plant some greens him bun dung di farm

Put a gun pan yu wi lock dung in remand

Am a innocent youth how di judge seh mi wrong

Hell in the cell dung deh mi gone

Time will tell when Jah Jah come fi him land

Seh a nuff innocent youth sidung a jail

No bail and nutten nah gwaan

Police life gone back to di norm

Job him a do, nothing is wrong

Real life story not just a song

Dem nah judge me dem a judge weh mi from

Stress tun up, hungry tun on

Police a come like bees dem a swarm

Run if yu arm or not cause iina di ghetto guess wah, yu still a get corn

All when di kool wi a chill and wi a calm

Nobody wi nah kill and dem a handcuff mi hand

Think dem seh together we stand

How much innocent blood dem shed on this land

White collar criminal 911

Tru mi live inna di slum dem have dem eye pan man

Dem seh all wi bout is fight and gang

Waapm to di man weh fend fi him wife and kids

Mix steel and gravel and sand

Work like slave fi him family nyam

Want house big like pavilion

Fi get a good job, dat is the plan

Just memba no education

Mi a juggle some greens, money meditation

Police circle di base, girth mi inna mi waist

Jah know, real satan

 CHORUS

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the

 

VERSE 2

Anytime you hear these siren sound is a next dead body inside these town

Dem lock off di dance our vibes and fun

Dem kick weh wi foot fi wi lie pan grung

From di police arrive den run

All when yu don’t have a knife or gun

Haa, haa, haa, haa (panting) di police jeep a come

Nah go a jail go sleep a grung

A no every ghetto youth a squeeze a gun

Nuff time a job we a pree

And we plant good seed and a wait fi di tree blossom

So instead of rising we fall like leave a grung

But wi a get up and fight to di end

Tell dem, wi no soft like piece a bun

Instead of rising we fall like leave a grung

But wi a get up and fight to di end

Tell dem, wi no soft like piece a bun

Mi a hold a medz, trees a bun

A pree di world weh mi kids a go

It’s so hard to leave di slum

Pan coal stove cornmeal a tun

Di bills dem plus di cops

Di tax dem plus di shots

Belly full up a gas

Yu no haffi smart fi do di maths

Seh wah, seh mi need help

Human rights wi dung yah a melt

Dem a fling tear gas

Dat no good fi wi health

Wi haffi work hard

Wi no born see no wealth

Set up a stall in di streets and a juggle

Dem tek weh di stall and clear di shelf

Know how much youth dem plan up and kill

So mi haffi protect myself

From…………

CHORUS

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the police

Th, th, th, the

TALKING
Yu si police, yu kyaah too trust some a dem inno daag

Some a dem a some ole wicked

Just like how yu have wicked man a road, yu have wicked police to

One time mi a reason wid one a dem yu kno

An di man look pan mi and seh ghetto yute

Wi no deh yah fi fight crime

Kaa if wi fight crime wi no have no more work lef fi do

So more time we haffi create crime

Kaa a so wi create jobs fi wiself

So nuff a di time wi haffi corrupt di nation

And den act like wi gonna rectify it

Dat di man look pan mi and tell mi inno daag

 

INSTRUMENTAL & CHANTING UNTIL SONG ENDS

 

 

Good Cop Bad Cop
Anthony B

African Beat Riddim

INTRO

Yes I thought the police was here to protect and serve

But dem keep treating di people and carrying dem round curve

I and I a look now too long mi a observe

Unu get pan top a mi blasted nerve

Hey, unu no hear, unu no hear, unu no hear nutten yet

Now dis a di voice we Babylon fret

Unu no hear, unu no hear, unu no hear nutten yet

Anthony B voice get dem upset

Tru mi she………..

CHORUS

Good cop, bad cop

Cop weh rape people and cop weh bruck shop

Yu have good cop, bad cop

Nuff a build coke house and waah ganja base lock

Yu have good cop, bad cop

Nuff a boots crime and nuff want it stop

Yu have good cop, bad cop

Kick off yu door without warrant and yu door lock

VERSE 1

Watch dem inna dem red white and blue

Ready fi go slew, mash up any crew pan curfew

Seh dat dem no business a who, buss yu head in two

A no one mi hear dem kill few

Seh dem a law man, no business yaah man

Put gunshot underneath yu claw man

How dem so raw man police tun outlaw man

So who yu a go run to I protection

Cause yu have……

CHORUS

Good cop, bad cop

Cop weh rape people and cop weh bruck shop

Yu have good cop, bad cop

Nuff a boots coke house and waah ganja base lock

Yu have good cop, bad cop

Nuff a boots crime and nuff want it drop

Yu have good cop, bad cop

Dem doh like fi hear when mi chat

 

VERSE 2

Because

Babylon come iin and just a shot di yute dem

Innocent kid but unu execute dem

Waah waah waah unu pop off and shoot dem

Si dem inna dem jeep come mek wi grab di brute dem

Tell yu yu guilty til innocent proven

Wah inna dark now in open, yow

Ghetto youth no time fi joking

Unite a street side dem seh dat yu loafing

Try lift up yu pride, there’s no open

Babylon no like fi si di youth dem sporting

Beat yu up cause a cris clothes yu a go out in

Where’s di receipt for dat yu asking

Das why bobo seh a…….

CHORUS

Good cop, bad cop

Cop weh rape people and cop weh bruck shop

Yu have good cop, bad cop

Nuff a big up coke house and waah ganja base lock

Yu have good cop, bad cop

Nuff a big up crime and nuff want it drop

Yu have good cop, bad cop

Emperor Selassie bun dat

VERSE 3

Yow from yu swear gainst yu mada yu a mad man

Well a yu dem send gone look fi bad man

Well di two a unu a di same gun man

For a gun man dem a terrorize di nation

Yow di system lack a education

Government yu need fi mek some preparation

Look pan di youths dem have corporation

Beause yu police come a treat man like a hog man

When dem shot yu pan yu dem put a tag

SONG ENDS

 

 

Babylon Bwoy
Baby Cham

Bounce Riddim

INTRO

A who unu a deal wid

How unu a deal wid man so

Like man a criminal

A wah do dem bwoy yah man

Yow, wah do dem fool yah

CHORUS

Hear mi no Babylon bwoy

Mind how yu a touch mi Versace kaa it dearer dan yu pay

Hey likkle Babylon bwoy

A who yu wah fi drape and put yu finger inna dem waist like yu gay

Yu missa Babylon bwoy

Mi notice yu a try intimidate rude bwoy from wah day

Listen mi no Babylon bwoy

Same way Ratty dem did end up yu wi end up same way

VERSE 1

Watch him no

Come a threaten man and dem a scout

Mi well wah stuff up mi 45 inna him mouth

Jah know if him press ino a out him a go out

Gwaan like dem wicked and dem kyaah go a South

CHORUS

Listen mi no Babylon bwoy

Mind how yu a touch mi Versace kaa it dearer dan yu pay

Hey likkle Babylon bwoy

A who yu wah fi drape and put yu finger inna dem waist like yu gay

Yu missa Babylon bwoy

Notice yu a try intimidate rude bwoy from wah day

Listen mi no Babylon bwoy

Same way Ratty dem did end up yu wi end up same way

 

VERSE 2

Wah, box wah

Go box yu muma

Mi know yu and yu friend dem wudda kill mi if yu cudda

Kick who fa pickney inna dem batty well yu shudda

One mind a tell mi, but yu cudda

Hear mi a warn yu

CHORUS

Babylon bwoy

Mind how yu a touch mi Versace kaa it dearer dan yu pay

Hey likkle Babylon bwoy

A who yu wah fi drape and put yu finger inna dem waist like yu gay

Yu missa Babylon bwoy

Mi notice yu a try intimidate rude bwoy from wah day

Listen mi no Babylon bwoy

Same way Ratty dem did end up yu wi end up same way

VERSE 3

Yu tink a just so paasn get him gown

I’ve got a lot a friends in dis town

But mi a tek it easy

And do ma ting neatly

A my face mi frown anytime mi wah frown

CHORUS

Hear mi no Babylon bwoy

Mind how yu a touch mi Versace kaa it dearer dan yu pay

Hey likkle Babylon bwoy

A who yu wah fri drape and put yu finger inna dem waist like yu gay

Yu missa Babylon bwoy

Mi notice yu a try intimidate rude bwoy from wah day

Listen mi no Babylon bwoy

Same way Ratty dem did end up yu wi end up same way

Listen mi no Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Lou mi no Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Hear mi no Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Mek mi tell yu sopm Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Leggo mi no Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Box wah yu Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Drape who Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Thump who Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Mek mi tell yu sopm Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Lou mi no Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

Babylon bwoy

SONG ENDS

 

 

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