Reggae versus Dance hall

Cannibal music versus wellness music


This comment by conscious Reggae artist Chronix, elicited a storm of reaction from fans of Dance Hall icon Vybz Kartel, that included death threats and numerous accusations of jealousy and other unflattering remarks.  The idea of cannibalism flew so far over the head of the ignoramus, many are alarmed that Chronix would even suggest that their Dance Hall don would eat human meat. Clearly missing the metaphor, and also missing the fact that Chronix stated emphatically the Vybz Kartel has done a lot of good, but that the media and the industry promote the cannibal mentality to appeal to the lower nature of the retarded.

Above video is an example of what the cannibal mentality and the cannibal music elicits. During the 2003 sting concert, another Dance Hall icon Ninja man was performing, when Vybz Kartel called him a pussy, a dire affront in any black culture, but more so in Jamaica. When Ninja reacted, he was set upon and pummeled by Kartel and his crew of bitch nukkas. As the dust settled, Kartel disappeared. He disappeared because he realized that Ninja man was not any old musician, but an actual connected O.G., with enough connection and power, to make Kartel disappear for good. Even while things were being sorted out the organizers attempted to right the listing ship, suggested this segment of the show concluded, the angry mob, in their cannibalistic mentality, hurled bottles and other items onto the stage.

Kartel had to apologize to Ninja man, but it didn’t stop this kat from continuing down the destructive path, that eventually landed him in jail for ordering the murder of a former associate.


A cannibal is a person who eats human flesh, especially for magical or religious purposes, as among certain european tribal peoples. A cannibal is also any animal that eats its own kind. In the context of Chronix’s statement, a cannibal is pertaining to or characteristic of a cannibal. This means an individual or group of people, whose mental outlook is a savage desire to immerse ones self in social scene where violence is the norm. And the more steeped and horrific the violence is the more ones reputation is enhanced

This is one of Vybz Kartel recent music:

 The sad thing is the movie, City Of Gods, which this video was made for, could have been Jamaica without the white people. All one has to do is some research on the garrison communities in Jamaica.
Below is a music by Chronix. Note the difference between the content of the two and the energy delivered.

Reggae music originally was created by the Rastafari community, as far back around 1933, as both a spiritual expression of their reLIEgious stance and a vehicle to indict the colonial government in Jamaica since the inception and decades long battle with the old colonial government and the new colonial puppets, currently running the Island nation into the ground.

Reggae music came out of the struggle for citizen and hue-man rights of a group who aligned themselves with Afrika, whilst still embracing Christianinsanity and Marxist ideology. Experiencing state sanctioned violence, many which were swept under the rug by the government, reggae music become the rallying cry for the poor and disenfranchised, mostly the blackest of Jamaica’s citizens. Reggae music became somewhat a flavor of the month during the independence celebration, but was quickly regulated to back yard  and “dance hall” scene, after the lights were turned off. Up until the death of Bob Marley, the industry’s selected spokes person for Reggae, reggae was long loved more internationally than locally. Yet when he died, a void was left that the industry decided to fill with frivolity and bullshit. Instead of promoting the Dennis Browns, the Peter Tosh, the Mighty Diamonds and others on the same level they promoted slackness music. What soon became modern Dance Hall.

With artist like Yellow Man, sister Nancy (yellow Man’s sister) and others with minimal talent and lots of hubris, dance hall drifted from a place where unsanctioned musical events were held, to become an entity of its own. Spawning its own unique styles…. men looking more feminine, pornography, violence and drugs, becoming the norm instead of the exception. Fast forward to today where the negativity of the Dance Hall scene is inseparable from the violence of a nation that has lost its moral way.

No one can say Dance Hall and Reggae can’t work together, as evidence by the offering from this star filled video

Yet contrast this positive musical lyrics and imagery to these videos…

There is no evidence that poverty and disenfranchisement has to be expressed in a cannibalistic way. Because the ourstory of Reggae music has always expressed the disenfranchisement in as positive away as possible

The economics of violence

Socioeconomic status (SES) is often measured as a combination of education, income, and occupation. It is commonly conceptualized as the social standing or class of an individual or group. When viewed through a social class lens, privilege, power, and control are emphasized. Furthermore, an examination of SES as a gradient or continuous variable reveals inequities in access to and distribution of resources. SES is relevant to all realms of behavioral and social science, including research, practice, education, and advocacy.

Community level risk factors for violence include increased levels of unemployment, poverty, and transiency; decreased levels of economic opportunities and community participation; poor housing conditions; and a lack of access to services.  In contrast, protective factors buffer individuals and communities from these risks. In communities, these buffers include a stable economy, positive social norms, abundant resources, high levels of social cohesion, and rewards for pro-social community involvement.

Research finds that PTSD, a common product of exposure to violence, has negative consequences for income and employment.

  • Individuals with untreated PTSD had significantly lower long-term income and employment rates than those receiving treatment (Murdoch, 2006; Savoca & Rosenheck, 2000).
  • A lifetime diagnosis of PTSD was associated with a nearly 50 percent lower probability of current employment (Savoca & Rosenheck, 2000).
  • Individuals with more severe PTSD symptoms were less likely to have full- or part-time employment (Smith. Schnurr, & Rosenheck, 2005).
  • Research finds that declines in academic attainment are common after exposure to or experience of violence.
  • Abused and neglected children showed significantly lower levels of academic attainment in adulthood (Perez & Widom, 1994).

Elementary schools that participated in bully and violence prevention programs had significantly higher student achievement scores than schools that did not incorporate such programs (Fonagy, Twemlow, Vernberg, Sacco, & Little, 2005).

  • Community violence was moderately associated with poor academic achievement in children. (Schwartz & Gorman, 2003).

It has been stated that there is a direct correlation between Violence and bad governments, and western countries while not immune from this, have done a better job than some of the smaller nations, with series of temporary band aid application, promoted by the media.

Lovers of Dance Hall are no different from anybody who lives a certain reality and strives to live and express that reality. Yet just because this is your reality, does not make it a healthy one. Reggae music used to be a healthy music. Soothing for the spirit, while at the same time inspiring the soul to grow the self into a better person. Dance Hall is about who can shoot how many, chop who, or fuck the most whatever…! This is primerely due to the fact that kneegrows, like any other of our cultural possessions, gave our legacies away to colonialists and pirates. They in turn tell us what we should like and reward certain chosen ones for promoting the worse element of this impoverish mentality. All the while the pirates take the best of what we have and make it their own. This reached its apex when cave savage Joss Stone won a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, over legitimate performers, last year.

Many modern Dance Hall artist lack the anchor of spirituality and morality that was evident decades ago. Many are responding to their own anger and frustration with a government…a succession of governments…that promises the world and delivers shit to the people. A government that keeps asking why there is so much violence among 2.5-3 million people, all the while promoting said violence through neglect and support of gangs, who act as enforcers for members of Jamaican parliament. Again follow the garrison community, its origin and how it grew.

Eventually the cannibals will run out of flesh and start consuming itself. Or there has to be an intervention by the people, who have chosen to stop being hyped and influenced by the fuckery permeating Dance Hall as it currently looks.

Note: I was gonna post up a few Dance Hall videos, to show the pornographic element pervasive in the industry, but the content was so tasteless, I am going to suggest you research  it yourself. I am weary of being accused of promoting pornography.

Still…Jamaica is at a cross-roads now between cannibalism and health. As far as I can tell, health is not looking too healthy right now. However, as more people get fed up with the level of violence, murders, rape, child abuse and other acts of depredation on the Island, perhaps this outrage can motivate people to focus on the music industry AND the two parties that take turn oppressing the people. Perhaps then, we may resuscitate reggae music from its sick bed and finally kill slackness and violence in Dance Hall.

BBC Reggae The Story of Jamaican Music

One thought on “Reggae versus Dance hall

  1. “Still…Jamaica is at a cross-roads now between cannibalism and health. As far as I can tell, health is not looking too healthy right now. However, as more people get fed up with the level of violence, murders, rape, child abuse and other acts of depredation on the Island, perhaps this outrage can motivate people to focus on the music industry AND the two parties that take turn oppressing the people. Perhaps then, we may resuscitate reggae music from its sick bed and finally kill slackness and violence in Dance Hall.”
    Great post! A very nice breakdown of Dance Hall music. Thanks for those video links as well.

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