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Jun 19, 2012
 
Ok...Recently I found myself on a "youtube" binge. I was watching some videos of some of our hottest young dancehall artists and was flabbergasted at how "Americanized" they've become.

Take Ding Dong's "Snap Back" for example:


Now let's take a trip down memory lane for a moment. Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Early B, Lady Patra, Born Jamericans and etc. put Jamaican music on the map as far as Dancehall is concerned during and following the large influx of Jamaicans to the UK and Northern States in the U.S.

Everything from J.A. fashion to slang, was incorporate into urban American pop culture. Jamaica got it's shine on and hasn't lost it's relevancy since then...but lately I've noticed, the more popular we've become the more we have changed who we are in terms of "our swagger".

It's one thing to "rap" and cross over...but our riddims even changed. How do we go from snares and bass of "Dem Bow" or "Heartbeat Riddim" to r&b tune style riddims such as the one in Demarco's "True Friends"? LOL.

Am I the only one who noticed this? What is your take on this? Am I overreacting? Share.:)

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Jul 5, 2012
 
DiTruth wrote:
Ok...Recently I found myself on a "youtube" binge. I was watching some videos of some of our hottest young dancehall artists and was flabbergasted at how "Americanized" they've become.
Take Ding Dong's "Snap Back" for example:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =E3Uvc1qzLxgXX
Now let's take a trip down memory lane for a moment. Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Early B, Lady Patra, Born Jamericans and etc. put Jamaican music on the map as far as Dancehall is concerned during and following the large influx of Jamaicans to the UK and Northern States in the U.S.
Everything from J.A. fashion to slang, was incorporate into urban American pop culture. Jamaica got it's shine on and hasn't lost it's relevancy since then...but lately I've noticed, the more popular we've become the more we have changed who we are in terms of "our swagger".
It's one thing to "rap" and cross over...but our riddims even changed. How do we go from snares and bass of "Dem Bow" or "Heartbeat Riddim" to r&b tune style riddims such as the one in Demarco's "True Friends"? LOL.
Am I the only one who noticed this? What is your take on this? Am I overreacting? Share.:)
cos dem ah eediat....Why would you want to be americanized, when americans already think they better than everybody,and as if they rule the world. I'm Jamaican to di bone and that's how it's going to be til i die. I saw this passa passa dvd wit Ding Dong on it, and he acted and sound like a straight yardie, So maybe he's trying something new, i dont know. Take for instant the singer Denyque, she's Jamaican but she sound american when she sings, But in her interviews she have her Jamaican Accent, And Shaggy sounds american most of the time, but he still have his accent.
I think it's only a few Jamaican artists that are americanized....I dont know why but dey are idiots...We Jamaicans are the best along with our Culture.

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Jul 6, 2012
 
[cos dem ah eediat.

LOL. I agree. I remember there was a saying that 'If America sneezes, the caribean catches the cold'. To a certain extent that is true. Jamaicans have always influenced urban/popular American culture...and the world over however, lately, I have noticed that for many of our people it it "nuh come from farrin", it's like anuh nuttin, it nuh hot. I am a bit perplexed by the notion. But oh well, you make a great point in saying for the most part we do stick to our own values, concepts and way of life.
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Jul 28, 2012
 
DiTruth wrote:
Ok...Recently I found myself on a "youtube" binge. I was watching some videos of some of our hottest young dancehall artists and was flabbergasted at how "Americanized" they've become.
Take Ding Dong's "Snap Back" for example:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =E3Uvc1qzLxgXX
Now let's take a trip down memory lane for a moment. Shabba Ranks, Super Cat, Early B, Lady Patra, Born Jamericans and etc. put Jamaican music on the map as far as Dancehall is concerned during and following the large influx of Jamaicans to the UK and Northern States in the U.S.
Everything from J.A. fashion to slang, was incorporate into urban American pop culture. Jamaica got it's shine on and hasn't lost it's relevancy since then...but lately I've noticed, the more popular we've become the more we have changed who we are in terms of "our swagger".
It's one thing to "rap" and cross over...but our riddims even changed. How do we go from snares and bass of "Dem Bow" or "Heartbeat Riddim" to r&b tune style riddims such as the one in Demarco's "True Friends"? LOL.
Am I the only one who noticed this? What is your take on this? Am I overreacting? Share.:)
when u live in a foreign country I guess sometimes people lose their identity in a way guess its good to go back home and bring back the Jamaican way of life back to you:)
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Jul 28, 2012
 
Jamaican beauty wrote:
<quoted text> when u live in a foreign country I guess sometimes people lose their identity in a way guess its good to go back home and bring back the Jamaican way of life back to you:)
@ JaBeauty: to some point I agree with you. But on the other hand, it opens your eyes, when you away from home, and live in another country to see what is wrong and dislikes about where you country where you from! I personally speak out of experience. Like Jamaican Barbie, writes for an example, she is in the USA for opportunities, she cannot have in her own country!
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Jul 29, 2012
 
Shameka wrote:
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@ JaBeauty: to some point I agree with you. But on the other hand, it opens your eyes, when you away from home, and live in another country to see what is wrong and dislikes about where you country where you from! I personally speak out of experience. Like Jamaican Barbie, writes for an example, she is in the USA for opportunities, she cannot have in her own country!
ahh yes I see what you mean!

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