Monday, April 13, 2009

Ramping Shop

Ok this aint no Easter post!

Now nuff words have been said about the banning of Ramping Shop and other songs of its ilk by the Jamaican authorities. Although I have a view, I wont weigh in here on whether it was right or wrong cause some will argue society echoing art and others art echoing society, is a chicken or egg dilemma and too much interaction between the two for me to win an argument on that in a lil 200 word blog.

Now I hear the Ramping shop song a few times cause it been on the mixes for a few good months but I really aint pay much attention to anything besides the riddim. That was until this past weekend where I was walking around with the ipod and the song came on and I finally listened closely to the lyrics and realized how slack they were. I mean yea I've heard worse in my day but still ya cant consider this song decent nuhway ya look at it. Dem people was talkin bout some things dat turn mi head boy! Wha, I even had to google some of them lyrics to figure out what them was talking bout.

But one particular lyric in that song had me. It was the line Vybz uses about "Deal wid yuh breast like mi crushing irish". Potatoes I assume. Actually it reminded me of the Mavado "squeeze her breasts like the trigger of my gun" lyric from another dancehall song. So I stop in my tracks and was there visualizing some fella with a potato masher or a fork in he hand and he mashing way hard hard hard on the poor woman's boobs or another fella squeezing breasts like he is a shotta in a Die Hard II or Terminator movie and wondering if while he squeezing he duz stay low and keep firing, whether he shooting a regular handgun or a semi automatic and whether he duz dive bout like dem fellas in the movies while still shooting cause damn that sounds like some serious pain infliction to me. Ouch! And I was wondering but is how dat could be pleasurable to either party involved? Wha dat doan mek nuh sense. Wuhloss !

But that one line was an eyeopener for me. I mean I been listening to dancehall from since Yellowman and Lovindeer was running tings and it never really hit home for me until now. I mean I know the music is misogynistic an all but still something dawned on me that I hadn't considered before.

Ya ever notice that sex in dancehall songs doan sound pleasant at all? It duz sound like war and violence, murda in de market like somebody getting beat kill. I mean if I personally was an alien from another planet (and I not confirming that I am or am not) and my first introduction to Jamaica was via current dancehall music my first thought would be that sex in Jamaica is something akin to an ancient gladiator brawl or the WWF with all these wicked slams and that Jamaican women quite frankly must long time ago either have invested in full body armour for sex or are alternately all dead from being "killed with it" or are walking around crippled or handicapped from the nuff bruises, broken limbs and war wounds which are sure to have been inflicted courtesy of all the stabbing, jukking and daggering that duz be going on in songs. I mean 100 juks, 1000 stabs, wha ya cant pass that off as manslaughter no way ya look at it. Something so could only be premeditated murder in the first degree to me.

And then I was reading a ting on the Nation website yesterday and realize well is not only women suffering from this daggering thing cause according to them lately penises in Jamaica breaking rather fracturing at a record rate. Apparently all the daggering and juks and stabs backfiring and fellas getting wounded. Well a so it a go I guess.

Cuhdear!

Still all I saying again is if you follow dem dancehall fellas you cud only find yaself in trouble. All them juks and stabs somebody gotta get hurt and that is my perspective whether i is an alien or not.

13 comments:

Stunner said...

Yeah, it seems we Jamaican's are a violent set. Almost all of our sexual songs are violent. I thought about some of those lyrics in Romping Shop: "Damage it fi spite", "Sen it up inna mi tripe", "Deal wid yuh breast like mi crushing irish", and wonder how and woman would survive sex if the man was to do all those actions.

Miz JJ said...

That sounds painful. I bet those dudes won't be doing that stupidness again anytime soon. Ow.

Crankyputz said...

Ouch, I'm in pain reading this post....bring back the caress....

GC (God's Child) said...

oh dear
that doesn't sound like fun at all

Will said...

we were talking about this in the staffroom today... one of my (female) colleagues asked if you have to put it in a sling... wow...

but yeah... apparently (if our music is anything to go by) caribbean people engage in rough sex most of the time... soca music is rapidly saying the same things that dancehall music is... go figure...

ALSO:
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Mighty Afroditee said...

Sad fact is, so many women buy into this aggression as well, and the songs are evidently big hits.

What about the one that seemed to advocate rape "have to get yu body even by gun point..." sigh...

Empath said...

Hey Jdid,
I have been trying me best to keep dat song (and all dem daggering song dey) outta me head. It in every van in Vincy. De song dem don't mek one drop a sense.

Abeni said...

Broken penis had me not knowing if to laugh or cry. I guess them men really buy into all the crappy lyrics and instead of killing she wid it they on the way to killing themselves.

Guyana-Gyal said...

You see? You see? Daz why we can't wonder why them po' lil chilren growing up the way they growing up nowadays.

Daz all I got to say.

HOT TUNE said...

ITS JUST MUSIC RELAX IF YOU FEEL SOME SORT OF WAY ABOUT IT THEN DONT PLAY IT OR MAKE YOU CHILDREN LISTEN TO IT AND INSTEAD BUT ON BEENIE MAN "EVERYONE FLLS IN LOVE SOMETIMES" ITS JUST SEX NOWHERE IN THE SONG IS GOING OUT TELLING PEOPLE TO ENGAGE IN ROUGH SEX. IT HAS A NICE BEAT AND THE SONG IS SELLING.... SORRY BUT ITS JUST NOT THE SERIOUS THERE ARE MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE AGGRESSIBE AND ENNJOY ROUGH SEX!

Will said...

i'm sorry... aggressible?

Anonymous said...

nice post. i share the same sentiment and to "hot tune" it's NOT just music. culture is VERY pervasive and people internalize these ideas--whether YOU want to think so or not. it's true. young people are especially susceptible but the rest of us are not immune. some people may like rough sex as you say but it should not be the only sexual expression revisited again and again in violent ways. ALL expression has the power to influence and inspire the folks taking it in good ways and bad. i wrote something similar so i was glad to see your blog and find other voices that could relate! peep my piece at: http://trinidadjunction.wordpress.com/2008/12/14/hot-wuk-in-the-dancehall-so-whats-sex-got-to-do-with-it/

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