There is an old saying that goes "it takes a village to raise a child." In my view that is still the case and is needed now more than ever. The days when the lady down the street would reprimand a child she isn't related to are long gone. In some cases people just don't care and would rather focus on their own problems, or are afraid of being "re-reprimanded" by relatives of that child. The take over of the "see and blind, hear and deaf" culture is what I find to be one of the major factors contributing to the deterioration of the moral richness of where I like to call "the conservative's haven." In the western hemisphere I considered Jamaica along with Cuba, the last of this kind.
People like to down play the "americanization" of Jamaica. Whether the americanization (yes I think Jamaica has been) is good or bad remains debatable. What have we taken, the I'm a star lifestyle and an I don't care what the next man is doing attitude, but what about the good traits of America? The traits I refer to are family values, for instance both mother and father being the backbone of the household and also holding people accountable for their actions. The "informer fi dead" doctrine needs to be abolished. It's become obvious that many individuals actually believe that certain bad things will never happen to them. We sit and watch the news night after night and the horrible things we see go in and out of our minds. A policeman kicks down someone's door and takes advantage of his power but guess what? It isn't us or someone we know personally so we just say, "dem wicked eeh" and move right along. This has been the case in almost every aspect of our society, including our music.
I must admit I have been a fan of some lewd and violent songs and am still a fan of a few. However, I think it ridiculous to believe that music has no effect on people's minds. If one can listen to a love song and feel like its talking about your relationship puts you in a loving mood, why don't we think a song based on violence wouldn't have an effect on individuals who find being a badman attractive? When music fans start requiring more creativity from musicians, only then can we get a wider range of song topics. Black people love instructional songs, bend over, point pon a gyal, gun hand in the air, and the list goes on. Check out most popular dancehall songs and you will find some form of a directive in it, directly or indirectly, and most times its never anything uplifting.