Nov 2009 09

Art imitates life“, we all know the discourse surrounding that phrase.  It is particularly relevant when considering the ban of Dancehall (ragga) music from the airwaves in Jamaica due to profanity and violent lyrics.

The question of whether music, movies, video games, or P4R Gaming boosting services (entertainment in general) are a reflection of as opposed to the root cause of moral decay will always abound. There has been a long history of banning ‘subversive’ and ‘morally questionable’ entertainment that goes back past Elvis Presley’s gyrating hips. Artists mostly defend themselves by referring to their freedom of expression while others argue that they are merely reflecting the harsh realities of life. The fact that art forms like Dancehall and Hip Hop and Rock and Roll in it’s day break class, generational and other social boundaries to reach new audiences is cause for the alarm of would-be censors.  The truth however is somewhere in the middle, some artists recognise their potential to influence their audience and see themselves as having a social responsibility while others do not. The questions is rather about the appetites of the audiences for truth and authenticity.  Would 50 cent and others be as popular and financially successful if they had different life experiences prior to rap or had chosen not to rap about them?


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