The music industry has always had the stigma of having artists “sell their soul” for riches and fame, but the Caribbean music scene was not known for that allegation for the most part until now.
The island of Jamaica has exported some legendary artists in its time such as Bob Marley and The Wailers. Being the first true international stars from the island during the post civil rights movement in the United States, the group presented conscious music such as “Babylon System” that addressed the world’s governments for its oppression of the voiceless. The iconic Bob Marley’s lyrics went as the following:
“Babylon system is the vampire, yea! (vampire)
Suckin’ the children day by day, yeah!
Me say de Babylon system is the vampire, falling empire,
Suckin’ the blood of the sufferers, yeah!
Building church and university, wooh, yeah!
Deceiving the people continually, yeah!
Me say them graduatin’ thieves and murderers
Look out now they suckin’ the blood of the sufferers (sufferers)
Bob Marley would also attack the record music labels and industry executives exploiting artists talent and not paying in kind to the financial gains.
“Why boasteth thyself
Oh, evil men
And not being clever? Oh no
I said, you’re working iniquity
To achieve vanity, yeah (if a-so a-so)
But the goodness of Jah, Jah
As explained in Timothy White’s CATCH A FIRE book:
In what seems like a simple allegory in which a woodsman informs a large tree that it is about to be felled, “Small Axe” is actually a fascinating three pronged assertion that is readily understood by all Jamaicans but utterly obscure to almost anyone else.
Not only is “Small Axe” intended as a warning to oppressors everywhere that the people of the Third World will one day cut them down to size, but it is also a bit of bravado that had a particular application to the Jamaican recording industry. When the song was originally written by Marley and noted Kingston producer Lee Perry, it referred to “the Big T’ree,” the island’s dictatorial record company triumvirate-Dynamic, Federal and Studio One.
And the central image of tree-felling, accompanied by the excuse that it is being done according to the wishes of a superior, is a sober throwback to the old plantation-era pecking order, when slaves who were ordered to topple the island’s gigantic silk-cotton trees, which they held sacred, would sprinkle some rum on the roots of the trunks and sing a woeful song. This was done to assure the spirits lurking within that this destruction was not the slaves’ idea, but rather the will of their masters.
This bring us to the modern era Jamaican superstar artist, Shenseea, who is now being accused of corrupting the music scene with North America’s system of following certain practices for fame allegedly. WorldWide Entertainment TV has been following the rise of this charismatic Shenseea in her early stages as someone to look out for.
She has been under fire for her latest music video that has taken a direction that is not really what dancehall artists are known for. Many believe that the artist has gone a path for fame that is not what she originally was about. In the article, The Occult Meaning of Shenseea’s “Run Run”: Sacrifice for Fame, the visuals shown in the music video “Run Run” is summarized with the conclusion that Shenseea sold out to the elite after joining with the Interscope label imprint.
The article reveals how the writer explains how the rise of artists are targeted by certain executives who are into the occult that take the following of said artists for their own motives. The artist suddenly starts making the one-eye sign in photoshoots and releases a ritualistic video filled with occult symbolism. Shenseea has been called out for following this path with her latest photo shoot.
What even put more gasoline to the fire of the accusation is the music video “Run Run”. Run Run was directed by one of the elite’s favorite directors: Christian Breslauer. His most recent videos are Lil Nas X’s Industry Baby and Bebe Rexha’s Sacrifice which is about a guy being tortured and sacrificed … while Rexha drinks blood.Check out the video below and decide for yourself on the accusation set forth by some fans and critics who have shown concern due to not wanting these type of images in music coming from the Caribbean. The issue at hand is that artists are now using shock value instead of relying on lyrical content to reach the levels of past Jamaican stars such as Bob Marley.
The commentary by viewers under the video on the Youtube platform also speaks on artists such as Vybz Kartel infiltrating Jamaica’s music scene with the previous imagery that has now been followed by Shenseea(who had her first fame come at the hands of a Vybz Kartel collaboration).
Check out the controversial music video by the Interscope artist below.
The commentary under the music video streaming on Youtube is also receiving commentary that Shenseea has changed course and not for the better. Some also believe she was coerced to do it due to the standards set by reaching a certain level in the industry. What is your opinion of it all?
Shenseea has got accusations in the past of also stealing from other local artists supposedly such as Abenah. Check out the WorldWide Entertainment TV exclusive report on the issue at the time with “Foreplay music video.
Nonetheless of where one stands on the issue, Shenseea is starting to see success in the coveted North American music landscape. She recently hit up the Hot 97 studios and dropped a freestyle for the legendary Funk Flex. What are your thoughts on her skills below?