Brothers in the United States and brothers in Jamaica United and gave the world one of the most beautiful nights since the COVID-19 pandemic started. For the most part, people were talking about the greatness of the event and how entertaining it was, yet there were a few with their “crab in the barrel” mentality that found something negative to say about it.
The morning after Beenie Man Verzuz Bounty Killer, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland the founders and organizers of Verzuz should have been planning how to top such a great night but instead they were clearing the air with Major Hype and Tony Matterhorn. Even though it was obvious that the event would be a positive impact for both dancehall culture and hip hop, some people had a problem with it from the time the event was announced.
The sad thing is was not just sound system selectors other promoters that was bashing the event but even some fans got into the negativity. Some small minded and short sighted fans were questioning why Beenie and Bounty could not meet on a Dancehall platform instead of a Dancehall platform. As silly as it sounds, there were even people in the Soundclash Fraternity group on Facebook questioning whether or not Swizz Beats was a culture vulture. Then there were some Jamaican fans saying how much other Caribbean islands must be jealous of Jamaica.
While the Verzuz showed the marvelous things that can happen if Black people could just unite as a whole it also showed up difficult it is to attain full unity. While other races seem to have no problem uniting, Blacks just can’t seem to get it together. So here we are in 2020 and the words of Marcus Garvey are still ringing true: “You race of cowards, you race of imbeciles, you race of good for-nothings, if you cannot do what other men have done, what other nations have done, what other races have done, then you will die.”
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Men lie, women lie, girls lie, boys lie; however numbers do not lie. For those who want to see the benefit that the unity of hip and dancehall brought about, just look at the number of Instagram followers Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and VerzuzTV had before the event and the numbers they had after.
No sane person should question the power of Black unity. The question should be how we get more of it. Likewise, we should never question why a hip hop platform is catering to dancehall and vice versa. What we should be asking is does hip hop and or dancehall has to rely on a white establishment platform like Instagram?
We need to start building out own technology platforms, however, to do that we need to go back to the words of the great Marcus Garvey: “In your schools, homes, churches and everywhere possible, you must teach the higher development of science to your children; and make sure that we have a race of scientists par excellence. For in Mathematics and Science lies our only hope to withstand the evil designs of modern materialism.”