The following was written by a poster called Similac Child, and it was in response to: Tarrus Riley and the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about.
You something else. This site should be called “Reggae News for the race-obsessed.”
You do understand that Billboard rankings are based solely on records sales, right? If it were based on true talent alone Tarrus Riley would be top ranking every week of the year. It is an insult to Tarrus to compare his music with that of SOJA, Rebelution, etc. But like it or not, those bands sell more records than Tarrus. Why? Because they have a wholly different sound and vibe, a fusion of rock, reggae, and pop that has much wider appeal than the brand of reggae that Tarrus sings.
It has absolutely nothing to do with race. Like you say, when Tarrus teams up with another artist to record a crossover tune he gets much more exposure. What you should be doing is hailing up Tarrus for staying true to himself and his own sound in the face of the stark reality that in doing so he is confining himself to a much smaller audience.
You act as if Tarrus audience is black. WTF? His audience is predominantly white.
If not for white fans reggae would have never left Jamaica to begin with. Blacks don’t dig reggae. They never have.
And one more thing…you seem to have a deep seated resentment of white people. Again, reggae would still be confined to the clubs and hotels on the North Coast had people like Chris Blackwell not invested millions upon millions of their own money into Jamaican artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, Inner Circle.
Reggae would be nowhere if not for whites like Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Comer, Randall Grass, Gary Himelfarb, Chris Wilson, Duncan Browne, Bill Nowlin, Robert Schoenfeld, Sir David Rodigan, Beth Lesser, Steve Barrow, Mick Hucknall, Adrian Sherwood, Mike Cacia, Pete Holdsworth, Penny Reel, John MacGillivray, Chris Lane, John Masouri, David Katz , Lee Jaffe, and Jeff Walker (read about Jeff Walker and how close he and Marley were). Those are just the ones off the top my head!
Consider Chris Cracknell and Chris Sedgwick, two white Londoners who launched Greensleeves in 1975. By the mid-1980s they were distributing once-obscure reggae records to every corner of the planet. Same with RAS Records. Same with Shanachie. Heartbeat. Nighthawk. Man, reggae would have never made it without these dudes…Check yo facts and come correct…Bless