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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Hypocrisy of Dancehall Artiste: Why hating on Tommy Lee

I heard Beenie man saying on a interview with CVM TV, Onstage with Winford Williams that he believes Bounti-Killa should not have exchanged song brawls with Newcomer Tommy Lee who is a kid. He insinuated that you cannot fight down the youths or argue with a kid. I profoundly remember the type of Music that Bounty-Killa and Beenie Man did when i was a child. Dance hall promotes lewdness, female vulgarity, male promiscuity, violence. Dance hall music glorifies the gun culture, the objectifying and sexual exploitation of young women. Our “elders” permeated these values decades ago and the society that we have now, is the product of the seeds sown by chronicler music in the minds of children then.I am not endorsing Tommy Lee music and i would be a hypocrite if i said that i did not like some if not most of his songs. I see him as a creative artiste, i am often amuse by the lyrical content of his music and i will not lie and say it does not often bring me to higher consciousness of badness! I often feel like to link one of my bad chargies fe stop some people from run in!!!!! My thesis is that Dance hall music is built on Badmanism and who a the Badder Man! I guess Bounty-Killa thinks Tommy Lee has taken it on a different level going the devil way, but in truth he has only augmented an integral sub tenet of marketable dance hall music. Sex and Violence sells Dance hall Music. Tommy Lee may not be virtuous in his music, but he is a lyrical genius and what he is doing in dance hall is hardly novel. What Tommy Lee has done is made the violence in dance hall music more graphic, grisly and gratifying. He has taken it to a different level and he has a big, not a small audience following behind him hence the opinions of a few people will not deter his music. I remember some time ago when Bounty Killa blast Ian Boyne in not so flagrant terms on his sanctimonious and contemptuous perspectives and expose on danchehall music. Ian Boyne has always being aggressively opposing to the slackness and violence endemic to Jamaican Dance hall Music and he has been blast countless times by Dance hall pundits for hypocrisy and being a pretentious , uptown ingrate. Ian might not have been wrong in his didactic but i believe as a blogger that speaking the truth will be received differently based on how the facts are written out. The entire tone of your conversation or the undertones of a discourse will surely infuriate a reader even if there is a measure of logic and truth in its content. I listened to Vybz Kartel a lot during my high school days because breast specialist was the artiste of my generation hence Kartel's power and prevalence now. I said it then and i will say it again that Tommy Lee is here to stay. I Know that from the toddlers i hear singing Tommy Lee's "Captain Sparta". My 2 year old runs around the house screaming "yammeeeh heee"! Just the other Tommy Lee attempted at making “non-demon” music as No love and Spartan Angel. These songs were wildy recieve yet many young clamoured that they prefer the grime music that Tommy Lee made before just as my dad’s generation loved the super cat bad man music of yester-year.Beenie man will always be a “girls” artiste just ass how my generation thinks Vybz Kartel like Beenie Man sounds better rapping about sex and women than badmanism. Badmanism fits Movado and Killa and Tommy Lee has definitely outshined them. I must add this disclaimer that I do not endorse violence, i was simply refering to an interview of older artistes who bash Tommy Lee for doing something that they had contrived years ago. It is like our leaders trumpeting corruption and some people might claim that it trickles from top to bottom.There are many artiste who do solid music like Jah Vinchi and Popcaan. We have rising star chronixx and I-octane who are doing well without volatile grimy music. It is easy to excoriate Tommy Lee but his audience is sometimes to be blamed. He is not going to cease concocting grisly lyrics if people continue to buy his music and there goes another topic and perspective to explore altogether. He is young so let us hope like Movado, he grows it out. Read more: http://musicouch.com/musicouching/the-hypocrisy-of-dancehall-artistes-tommy-lee-haters/