Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley has slammed Danchehall artists in Barbados for the lyrics they spewed on the joint project ‘Trojan Riddim’ track.
Madam Mottley said she was horrified at the video and the lyrics and that she was “personally disappointed in the artists who have not recognized that there is an obligation on their part [to accept] that to whom much is given, much is expected.”
The riddim begins with popular Bajan artist Lil Rick singing: “Shoot straight like Messi from Argentina, with a big f**** gun singing sweet like Selena. Gunshot clap out and skin you out like Sabrina ’cause you like to inform and run chat pon social media.
Ya idiot, nobody ain’t ‘fraid for you, me neither. We shot you up to pieces, lef’ your body ‘pon de freezer like meat so when them violate, just know wha’ we pulling up with…” In another part of the riddim, he sings: “the old rusty rife with the knife ‘pon the tip’.”
Although artists on the song Lil Rick, Mole, Screwface, Mallis, Lead Pipe, Brutal Crankstar, Chiief Diin, and Quan De Artist have all said they were not encouraging gun violence, that has not stopped public outcry against the new banger.
Prior to the PM’s condemnation, Home Affairs Minister Wilfred Abrahams slammed the artists and the song, saying it was “irresponsible to the highest order.” Abrahams further expressed his point of view on Barbados TODAY, where he said that the government needed to send a firm message that these types of lyrics, especially as it pertains to killing informants, would not be entertained.
“Government does not condone the use of illegal firearms in any form or fashion. When you look at the video they have the guns showing off. While other people ’bout here fighting hard to reduce the incidence of violence in Barbados, they are promoting violence that can take the life of anybody, not just a policeman,” he said.