We're extremely excited here at Chrome Kids HQ to catch the new Major Lazer album when it finally drops. As big respectors of both Diplo and Switch, and all life long Reggae fans this should be one of our albums of the year... however. I have to say that personally I'm disappointed in the latest leak from the project.
It's not the weak lyric writing that bothers me. Dancehall generally has a long history of questionable lyrics that would make most songwriters recoil at their childish simplicity, but it has never stopped me from loving the tunes. Bashment is all about the fire, the passion and the delivery so we can forgive it's lack of poetic intricacy.
It's not even that I hate the way the vocoder / auto tune effect had been dominating the scene. I've long given up that rant and come to simply accept it as a given these days.
What bothers me is that in 2009, artists with such a following in the Dance music scene as Diplo and Switch, infact no the fact that any artists whatsoever, are putting out such blatantly homophobic hate tunes. This is coming from a man who at my own admission had copies of Buju Banton's Boom Bye Bye on both 12" when it came out and 7" as a remix some few years later. I was a regular at Ragga jams as a teenager, where artists would get the biggest cheer for cursing out 'Batty men', and I was one of those cheering. I'm not proud of these facts, but they are the facts no less and I won't try and make excuses for it either. However it is not just me that has grown up and seen the foolishness in such actions, society in general has grown up too, at least I thought it had. Reggae artists have been put under so much pressure not to preach such hatred by having their records banned or dropped from their label or not being allowed entry to countries on tour, that the level of homophobia within Reggae generally has been reduced dramatically. Pressure has also been put on the media as a whole to show homosexuality in a more favourable light and the stigma is just not as great any more. Even the younger hardcore Christian fundamentalists tend to be seen saying, "we think it's wrong but like whatever".
So why with all this in mind does the new Major Lazer track have lines such as "me a zombie and me don't eat gays / cos me don't like the HIV" (which is even more offensive in it's appaling rhyme flow, "cos me don't like AIDS" would have been a far more effective follow up line I would have thought), and make many an un-complimentary reference to "Batty Men"..
Actually, all Andy Milokanis does seem to do is eat brains, smoke cocaine and jack up heroin all day, so maybe we can forgive him his rather misguided outlook on life then, but the other two should know better. As this is just a leak hopefully they will address the point in question and this track won't actually make it onto the album after all.
I deliberated about actually putting the tune up, but as many readers come through various blog aggregators that pick up the music specifically it's been included.
**** late edition to the post ****
having just seen the video of these guys in the studio and realising that Andy Milokanis is in fact Andy Milonakis (and also finding out who he is) I realise that Diplo and Switch might have been so caught up in the darkly humorous fact that this crazy chubby Greek American with a congenital growth-hormone condition is dropping these kind of lyrics that they didn't give the actual content much thought, or consider it to be anything but funny, but unfortunately any humour is lost in the translation to many of us fellas and the track still needs to be scrapped.
This is the guy doing the vocals...
Actually on watching this I have the sneaking suspicion that he is actually gay, in which case the ironic humour isn't lost on me, but like I said, the whole reason for this post was because I took it on face value, I had no idea who this guy was so I think there needs to be some context to it all. I still maintain that it shouldn't be an album track but maybe a video that makes the humour more obvious.
(YSI) Major Lazer (Diplo & Switch) - Zumbi (Feat. Andy Milokanis)
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SOME OF OUR OLD SKOOL MIXES
Chrome Kids - Pyjama Ban
Welsh Electronic Mix recorded for BBC 1Xtra (Jan 2010)
Chrome Kids - Knowledge Me
Mix recorded for Knowledge Magazine (Nov 2009)
Chrome Kids - Pimp My Tour Bus
Mix recorded for Adam Walton's Mystery Tour on BBC Radio Wales (Oct 2009)
Welsh Hip-hop Mix Recorded for Rob Da Bank & Friends on BBC Radio 1 - Nov 2008