Dancehall is once again bearing the brunt of the blame where violence and crime are concerned. This time some artistes from Barbados have come under fire for their offering on the “Trojan Riddim” track. The compilation of songs features some very gangster lyrics that caught the attention of those in authority.
The riddim begins with popular Bajan artiste Lil Rick singing: “Shoot straight like Messi from Argentina, with a big f**** gun singing sweet like Selena. Gunshot clap out and skin you out like Sabrina ’cause you like to inform and run chat pon social media.
Ya idiot, nobody ain’t ‘fraid for you, me neither. We shot you up to pieces, lef’ your body ‘pon de freezer like meat so when them violate, just know wha’ we pulling up with…” In another part of the riddim, he sings: “the old rusty rife with the knife ‘pon the tip’.”
One of the first to raise consternation was Home Affairs Minister Wilfred Abrahams, who said that the video was “irresponsible to the highest order.” Abrahams further expressed his point of view on Barbados TODAY, where he said that the government needed to send a firm message that these types of lyrics, especially as it pertains to killing informants, would not be entertained.
“Government does not condone the use of illegal firearms in any form or fashion. When you look at the video they have the guns showing off. While other people ’bout here fighting hard to reduce the incidence of violence in Barbados, they are promoting violence that can take the life of anybody, not just a policeman,” he said.
Of the artistes on the riddim, Peter Ram and Mole are part of the Ministry of Education’s Anti-Violence and Peace campaign.
Following his comments PM of Barbados Mia Mottley also shared her anger on the matter. She said that she was horrified at the video and the lyrics and that she was “personally disappointed in the artistes who have not recognized that there is an obligation on their part [to accept] that to whom much is given, much is expected.
The rest of the artistes included on the project are Lil Rick, Mole, Screwface, Mallis, Lead Pipe, Brutal Crankstar, Chiief Diin, and Quan De Artist. They have all said they were not encouraging gun violence.