No sah! Big and serious, the Dancehall culture really does have negative effects on the Jamaican youths! You agree with me? Listen to a piece of this song by Vybz Kartel featuring Spice, two popular Dancehall artistes (Rampin Shop). You heard it? Its degrading isn’t it? Just by listening to the lyrics of the music one has to come to the conclusion that this type of filth will undoubtedly have some form of negative effect on the youths who drown their minds deep within. According to psychopathologist Camille Lemonious, cited by Hussey-White (2009) “lewd, sexually explicit music and early exposure to pornography can have a lasting negative impact on the children and in addition whatever we hear that is what we become.”
Based on a study conducted by Marcia Forbes (2009) the violent and sexually explicit music has forced some teenagers to evaluate themselves so as to meet a particular standard. Forbes gave an astonishing example of a girl who was “delighted to meet Kartel’s standard by having a tight ‘pum pum’ and one not ‘placka placka’ like mud,” Forbes (2009). You see it though? Can you believe it? The girl has shifted her mind and was magnificently pleased to meet the degrading and awful standard of Kartel’s. What a thing, eeh? Things really gone bad!
Dancehall is the 21st century form of Reggae; however it is more versatile and raucous with a hard-core sound. According to the research by Crawford (2010), it reveals that adolescences are influenced by the music to perform certain behavior. For example, the research pointed out that there has been an “overture of sexual and violence activities in the dancehall” which has influenced some adolosences to get involve in early sexual activites, thus being vulnerable to AIDS and HIV among other contagious diseases. The Dancehall industry has truly impacted on the mind and behaviour of most Jamaican youths.
Crawford, A. ( 2010, March). The effects of dancehall genre on adolescent sexual and violent behavior in Jamaica: A public health concern. North American Journal of Medical Sciences. Volume 2. No. 3
Forbes, M. (2009, November 9). Art versus Life: The Gully-Gaza Feud. The Jamaica Observer, p. 7
Hussey-White, D. (2009, November 6). Schools say lewd, sexually explicit music distracting students. The Jamaica Observer, p. 4