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Riddim of the year according to the JAMRID voters. Produced by Zip Jock Chrome , a new name to me.
You might be fooled by the title, but it's just another ganja tune again from cartel on the Triple Bounce.
Perhaps you've noticed and JA music, and reggae in general, is getting less and less political. In the sixties and seventies the music was a very political, commenting on international affairs, but local politics in particular. Music was even pretty much the same thing as politics at one point in time. With Marley JA music went into a international “protest song” kinda thing, and many JA artists went with that. Sufferas music. To some extent this was just empty poses to sell music, but in many cases it was a true consciousness from the artists of how the international economic system was design to keep the poor poor and the rich richer.
These days dancehall and reggae does not contain any political, or even social, messages at all. A few songs, true, but *Ja music used to be seen as the channel where the poor could make their voice heard and comment on social and politician matters. No more of that.
You may think that it's the artist that have lost interest in these matters, but I don't think that is entirely true. In JA, and most of the third world, music used to one of the main channels of information to the people – aka voters. Politicians could not afford not to be heard through this channel. But these days there are so many other channels of information that the role of music as a way to reach people is of no importance. In addition, the other channels are more trustworthy and richer. After all, most of the reggae artists where not exactly experts in politics. Perhaps they knew what change they wanted, but few had any idea of how the system worked.
So before you blame the artists, consider the fact that perhaps it not the artists that lost the interest in these messages, but the senders and receivers that has lost interest in the artists and their music as a method of communicating and receiving political and social messages.
However, once in a while great political, or “conscious” if you will, songs are made. This year had one that stand out, Sizzlas (who else?) - World Leaders In Problem. Released at the hight of the financial crises on Pharfars rumbling Collie Monster riddim, it captured the poor mans view on crises the really was only a threat to the already rich. Sizzla's delivery is apocalyptic, the riddim massive, the message... wow! World crisis? Yea, if you have something to loose that is.
“Rob from the poor and talk bout bankruptcy
Burn, burn, burn... Babylon burn, Babylon burn”