In the song “Rain Shower,” Sizzla Kalonji chanted the following lyrics: “Mi bun Jamaica a that Babylon corrupt and curse.”
It was hard to fathom those lyrics as it is difficult to think of a place like Jamaica being cursed by Jah. After all, which country has more freedom fighters per capita than Jamaica? Not one—Jamaica leads that category by far. From the day these Africans landed on the island, they have been leading the fight for freedom physically, verbally, and spiritually.
However, when a dancehall reggae producer like Russian could blatantly disrespect Jamaica’s first national hero without any recourse then it is obvious that Sizzla’s lyrics does carry some weight. How can this kind of disrespect happen to the great Marcus Garvey? According to Russian, Marcus Garvey is a common criminal who can only be credited with “his little Black Star Line ponzi scheme.”
A ponzi scheme? One has to wonder how much research was done by Russian before making these ludicrous comments. Or was he too lazy to do any research and is blindly buying into the scheme J. Edgar Hoover and his F.B.I agents plotted against Garvey?
You would think Lisa Hanna would have released a video asking Russian for an apology. Of course if it was Queen Ifrica giving a “Big up to straight people,” she would have long had something to say. In this case, however, the person doing the disrespect is from uptown like herself, so she turns a deaf ear.
Anyone who would blatantly disrespect a country’s first national hero, clearly has no love or respect for the country. So Russian is basically a culture vulture, stealing, raping, and pillaging the dancehall Reggae culture. The fact that Russian can get away with this shows that Jamaica has totally lost its roots.
A prophet is never honored in his own land.