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Chase & Status

25 Jan


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25 Jul


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Jamaican Dancehall and Reggae artist have been increasingly accused of using homophobic language and promoting a anti-gay attitude within many of their songs.
Crossing over into other music genres, due to features and sampling methods these mentalities have continuously become more and more popular among musicians and Djs throughout the world.
Many of the evolving modern music genres such as Drum & Bass,Grime, Glitch and Dubstep often have a dark, aggressive beat and sound.It is here where the aggressive patois samples of the Jamaican musicians are commonly used to enhance the listeners experience and add some lyrics and diversity to the otherwise heavily rhythm based electronic sound.
Of course the Djs using these, often homophobic samples may share the attitude of the original artist but, what I find more likely, they much more appreciate the aggressive sound over the actual content of the sample.Without closely listening and translating the sample one can highly approve of this cultural creativity clash.Since the Jamaican Patois is such a growling, rough language it can be difficult to understand for English
The Jamaican tradition of promoting hatred towards homosexuals comes from a long history of white oppression. Explaining the complexity of this matter would lead too far within this article and is not what I intend to do. One thing that needs to be recognized though, is that many Jamaican artist, especially use many stereotypes to increase their popularity with the younger generation. This leads to the fact that the most aggressive,extreme or profane remark gains the most recognition. Common expressions such as, “burn dem” “butty man” “Me nah bow down” “Nah friend of no funny man” “Slew Dem” are clear evidence of homophobic attitudes within the Dancehall genre. This is nothing to encourage or approve of and should generally be recognized as wrong although it must be seen in the light of the cultural and historical background of Jamaica.
As in the track Dubby Man by Chase & Status which features Capleton, a renowned Jamaican Dancehall artist the main content of the lyrical sample from the original Dancehall track Who Dem? by Capleton is the eradication of homosexuals.
I am not trying to increase promote any of this attitude, but only want to provide any readers of this with a wide spectrum of good and interesting sound and music. Also since I find it interesting to have some background knowledge on certain context and lyrics of songs and genres I try to provide what I can to increase the critical perception but also to encourage further curiosity.