Gordon Swaby

Quicker to Bash than to Praise (Local Media), Go Mavado Go

In the early days of Mavado’s career he got a lot of bashing for his crude lyrics, among other artistes, but he got a bit of “extra” attention because he happened to go “Mainstream” even more than Vybez Kartel, Aidiona, Busy Signal etc. People know him; uptown and downtown alike, so critique for his “violent lyrics” was a MUST. He claimed that they were just giving ghetto youth a “fight”.

As of recently Mavado’s career has taking of; and it’s flying high indeed. Rolling stone even named him the the “Best New Reggae”. Act i guess?

But to elaborate on what i really wanted to point out is the fact that our local media  and people who criticize dance hall artistes like Mavado for there violent lyrics are full of shit, yes! i said it. Why is it that they bash these artistes constantly about there lyrics, but when they decide to make a change and sing uplifting songs no one commends/highlights them for it? Mavado has a relatively new song called “We Shall Overcome“; it speaks nothing of violence, it does not bash women, gays or anybody of the sort it simply talks about the hardships we(Jamaicans) shall come out of no matter the odds. It should be getting crazy airplay, but i haven’t heard it much.  Give these artistes a reason to sing more songs like that.

If he sings it and it gets no attention then he’s going back to his old “Hardcore Gangster” lyrics…so that you guys can give him some publicity, because that’s all it is.  Outline him for the right reason not the wrong one.  Honestly if i was an artist singing “Gangster: lyrics” and i was getting extreme bashing for it and i decided to change and sing some clean songs and it wasn’t being publiczed and making any money then by god i’d switch back over to my “gangster” lyrics that were actually making me money. Regardless of what anyone says.  Whatever it takes to acquire money, eh?

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Friday, June 27th, 2008 at 10:01 pm. Filed under Jamaica/Politics, Uncategorized.

  • http://www.sheysmith.com Shey

    I don’t feel any need to give those artists praise when they sing a song without violence. It just makes them look hypocritical.

    The ones I commend are those that refrain from the violent culture altogether and consistently bring peaceful music.

    I’m tired of these artists who are saying in one breath how “bad” they are an how much guns they have. Then they come out with a song about God or peace and love like we’re supposed to ignore the rest of their stuff.

    That’s all CRAP.

  • http://taylor2nd.animesynergy.com taylor2nd

    lol @ shey.. but i get what your saying. The truth is they are violent to the core. But why not give em a pat on the back and hope they continue on the path with caused the pat.. the pat is the praise..

    i dunno if you following my loony ramble.

  • ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID

    Shey,very interesting point!!

  • http://mythoughtsonstuff.com Leon

    Very good point. I’m usually one of the critics of these dancehall artistes because they send several bad messages to today’s youth, but that’s not to say I won’t praise them when they sing something good. I’m glad he sang something uplifting, but I never heard it get much airplay. I wonder why?



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