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The Government of Jamaica Blames Specific Lyrical Content In Dancehall Music for the Cause of Crime in the Country

With a spiraling crime rate specifically murder and rape, an unstable economy, and the effects of a pandemic, Jamaica's Prime Minister, Andrew Holness blames specific lyrical content from the music of some dancehall artiste as the cause of crime. His statement caused outrage within the music industry.  There are some industry players who agree with the Prime Minister's views but several popular artists have come out against it using constructive and insightful arguments to make their points. It is also important to note that the Prime Minister in his last election campaign during the peak of the pandemic, had dubplates recorded mimicking some of the same content to which he refers and even taps into the music culture bearing an alias name as he sported Clarke's shoes to demonstrate his 'down-to-earth persona and attract targeted young Jamaican voters. Aspects of the election campaign replicated a hardcore "Dancehall Clash." While this writer must agree that so