Freakiness gaan in the Caribbean

Lisa Hype/Hyper and Vybz Kartel, back when the Portmore Empire was together.

Over the past few years you must have had to be living in a bubble to not realize what has been happening throughout the Caribbean, especially in Jamaica. “Freak, freaky, freakiness” whatever it was called was once scorned, looked at as filthy uptown people something and get a whole heap a bun out from Dancehall artist like Bounty Killer, Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Elephant Man and of course the man who has declared “freaky gyal a dem gyal deh mi love”  Vybz Kartel.

So what has really happened? How it move from bun a bow cat to “every time mi f**k my cocky get suck”?

Who can remember Shabbas classic “Dem Bow” no one is speared neither women nor man, it was a colossal hit in the 1990′s.

Well honestly I don’t know, I’ve heard some people say its just society moving forward, people a start accept it and the classic “a long time dem a eat unda sheet and a bun it out in public” Whatever the reason songs endorsing freaks remain at the top of Caribbean playlists.

Recently, a newly sprung Jamaican artist ‘Khago’ released a song called “Threesome” in which he told his girl to “call Winsome for a threesome” lol. Other dreaded artists in the Reggae/Dancehall fraternity like Sizzla Kalonji we not amused and dissed the young dj repeatedly. In on OnStage interview with Winfred Williams when pressed about the allegations of him being a freaky rasta, Khago simply replied, “Anno me alone” *I’m not the only one* LMAO!!!

Khago OnStage Interview

Now this whole situation in Dancehall and the Caribbean and the outspoken freaky desires of artist like Vybz implies that this didn’t just happen over night, and it a long time, artist and badman a eat it.

A shocking revelation was the fact that Kartel’s then protege ‘Lisa Hype’ (girl in the pic above) was servicing the self declared “Worl Boss” with the same oral favours him bun out in him songs. Hype now Hyper eventually left the Portmore Empire.

Following her departure Kartel released a tune that would become one of the biggest hits in Jamaica, the notorious ‘Freaky Gyal”. In this massive hit Kartel without apology declared his love for “freaky gyal” and prostitutes and said him love when they do the things to him.

Even more interesting is post “Freaky Gal” Dancehall every artist a come out and a seh how dem love freak from Beenie to Elephant to Konshens and even the big bad Bounty Killer who released a song names Lollipop. So hold on deh, a Kartel dem did a wait on to give them the go ahead to sing about what they love? HAHA!

So you mean to tell me that everybody a recieve and none not giving??? Dat nuh mek sense.

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Song of the Week

Garnett Silk

It is a tune filled with vibes and true words especially for those of us who have been caught up in a position where love, lust and desire has overwhelmed our otherwise stable lives. It is a story of being ‘committed’ to one but pulled to another that has been woven into creation by a crisp and well executed Reggae riddim/instrumental.

Garnett Silk – Committment

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Artist of the Week: Garnett Silk

Garnett Silk

Garnett Silk (born Garnet Damion Smith), April 2, 1966 was without question one of the greatest voices of Reggae at the end of the 1980′s. Garnett Silk had brought with him the rebellious sound with him from his home parish of Manchester in Jamaica and brought it to the forefront of the 1990s Reggae/Dancehall scene.

He had always known his path would be paved by the rhythm of the music and the bandwidth of radio as Little Bimbo( completely different from what you are thinking) as he was affectionately called when he began his music career at 12 years old. As Silk matured into adulthood his craft grew ever more professional, the lyrical themes and production became more immersive and it had become clear to the masses that he was it, the next big ting from Jamrock.

It’s Growing (1992)

Its Growing was release in 1992 amidst huge critical praise with AllMusic awarded the album 4.4 stars out of 5. The piece was a triumph. More important than the critics opinions was the fact that Silk stayed true to his belief in Rasta which guided him musical and directed his themes and lyrical delivery. Check out the review here, http://www.allmusic.com/album/its-growing-mw0000113108

Songs from the album include:

The artist career had seemed destined for the stratosphere when he sign a distribution with international label Atlantic and had began working on tracks with legendary producers  Steely & Clevie, Sly & Robbie among others. However his faith would take a heartbreaking turn for the worst when he went on a routine trip to visit his mother in the country. While he and his friends were reasoning one allegedly offered to demonstrate his skills and the firearm went off hitting a gas tank in the home. Silk, his brother and friends made it out unharmed, but they soon realized his mother was still inside the inferno Silk dashed back in to save her and the burning flames engulfed the house with them; killing both December 9, 1994; he was just 28 years old.

It is a truly sad end for a man who may have been the new ambassador for Reggae music. Regardless like Marley his music still lives on in dance hall sessions and parties in Jamaica, however he didn’t gain much popularity internationally and hence is largely unknown on the global scene.

Sitting and watching

Another day another thought and I’m just here sitting and watching; the unbounded hypocrisy which festers in abundance in Jamaica. For anyone reading a tour guide of our undoubtedly beautiful island in the sun, a man with dreadlocks may be something you expect to see, you know Bob Marley. With that image of a Rasta something else comes to mind even if its not shoed in the guide; thats right, herb/weed/ganja/sensi/kushunpeng whatever you want to call it. 

The image of a rasta smoking a ganja spliff has become a staple brand and is forever attached to the perception of Jamaica and Jamaicans by foreigners(farina). So when they get off the plane, kick of their sandals and lay in the sun on the sure of the private beach of the hotel, absolutely nothing would make the sunset more pristine than a stick of collie to help forget all the stress you’ve behind for the weekend.

While in the hotel you will smoke weed, while out in public you will smoke a joint, while in the river taking a tour of the country side, you will be smoking weed. In fact, you will leave the island thinking the herb is perfectly legal in JA. The truth is its very illegal and can result in hard time and criminal charges. Not to mention the occasionally beat down by police if you look poor or “ghetto”.

So why then, why can tourist partake of the medical gift which can just pop up in your garden while locals are hunted and jailed. Several factors affect this, weed is seen as poor people something and not of any class or decorum, the image of Jamaica as a spot for stoners has already been sold so the hotels work with it, politicians make revenue off cigarettes plus the grand daddy of them all; Uncle Sam. If Jamaica ever thinks of legalizing the plant we will be sanctioned and probably invaded. If they did it to Grenada, they will bomb us as well.

Jamaican artist, Diana King openly admits to being gay.

Diana King gay.

In a country consistent plagued with the burden of being homophobic in this increasingly liberal West, it is very interesting and somewhat strange when a Jamaican public figure come out clean and don’t play hypocrite (lord knows there a so many of them) and just says it. You know what I’m gay.

I sincerely doubt there will be any reprocussions after Diana Kings’ admitting her real sexual orientation besides from a few dropped jaws. And a few interviews where she explains why she held the truth secret so long.

In JA the problem really isn’t with the lesbians but with the gay men or ‘battyboys’. Many Jamaicans say by not supporting the gay lifestyle they’re being good citizen and upholding the ‘Buggery Law”; which should be noted was put in place and rigorously exercised by the British crown which ruled Jamaica.

I sincerely hope the best for Diana King and I wish her eternal blessings. Mi love yuh gyal!

Here is the Facebook post:

COMING OUT ISN’T ABOUT BROADCASTING WHATS GOING ON MY BEDROOM (and there in lies the problem if thats what U think) IT’S NOT ABOUT SELLING MUSIC OR GAINING FANS. KMT. IT’S A FREEDOM OF MY SPIRIT & A CELEBRATION OF ALL THAT I AM, EVERY PIECE OF ME. FROM MY BIG NOSE TO THE COLOR OF MY SKIN TO THE STRETCH MARKS ON MY BELLY. MORE PEOPLE SHOULD “COME OUT” OF WHATEVER IS HOLDING THEM BACK AND STOP WEARING THE MASKS OF SOCIETY AND LIVING IN DENIAL … JUST B WHO U R. CELEBRATE IT! LOVE IT! BE PROUD!!

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