Jamaica has been suffering for many years from a number of negative publicity internationally. The things that causes this are not foreign to us; the music being produced by or Artiste is one of the main contributing factors.
Sex, drugs, gun and partying are the main themes in our musical lyrics and most artistes and aspiring artistes are heading down this destructive path. These themes contributes to the deplorable state of our society.
Some young girls have lost all their pride and all they are thinking about is "Dashing out" in Jamaican terms. This leads to the rise in teenage pregnancy, single parent families, STDs, and will create greater strain on our economy. Might I add that the female artistes who are supposed to be endorsing values and positive attitudes and be the role models for the young girls; are the ones who are protesting to be rebels.
Our young boys are now more involved in guns and drugs and again this is the main theme of the male artiste. Just recently we heard a song that endorses scamming. This can't be the case at all. Imagine, young gangs even in primary schools? I was at a basic school some time ago, where two 4 year old boys had a dispute over a toy. The one who was over powered, went to get his 6 years old brother and his friends to come and recover the toy. I watched and laughed at the time, but it wasn't until weeks after it dawned on me that this is what our society is like. As I said before, the music contributes to this significantly.
We as a nation need to realize that change will come but the finer details contributes to the bigger picture. Sex, drugs and guns are not positive messages and the music that contains these themes should be banned. Not beeped. Banned! And not just from airplay but from being circulated and criminal offences be attached.
A better, safer jamaica is what we all crave and we must at times make harsh decisions in an attempt to attain this.
Johnoy Godartiste Davis