In the midst of the upcoming election set for September 3rd, social media has been set ablaze with dancehall artistes making dubplates for politicians. Recording artiste Vybz Kartel, who's presently serving a life sentence for murder, called out other artistes such as Shenseea, Stylo G, and Teejay for their actions in it.
A few members of parliament released their ads and Jamaicans seem to be enjoying themselves. Lisa Hanna utilized dancehall princess Shenseea’s anthem, “Trending Gyal”, to highlight herself as a prominent candidate, while Peter Bunting went with Stylo G for his dubplate, singing “Bunting out and stunting/ Coil dem thick like dumplin/ Comrade gyal dem jumping/ Bunting call seh the dub just reach.”
Floyd Green also utilized a dubplate by Teejay from his hit song “Owna Lane”. Not to be outdone, the comrade leader, Peter Phillips, drew for Dovey Magnum's "Bawl Out".
With all being said and done, the self-proclaimed 'World Boss' who has a history with politicians such as Lisa Hanna, who spoke of the deejay's music as being violent and contributes to poverty, called out certain artistes on his Instagram, stating vehemently, “Dancehall burn politics, now artistes doing dubs fi dem.smfh..me stop do conscious song bout ya.. a bay gun lyrics !! cause unuh beyond learning tpc!” Some fans agreed while others disapproved of the deejay's statement.
One Instagram user wrote, “Everybody a use dancehall fi vote but don’t support the music.” At the same time, another added, “Watch them nw a try style Kartel when hes actually right dancehall was abt bun politics an Babylon etc but when u dont know u culture a so u act foolish the irrelevant joke bad tho.”
Politics and music have always shared a relationship -- love and hate, pimp and 'worker' -- and at this point, it is safe to say that there is no end in sight.