In the Caribbean we have a huge problem, what is the problem? The problem is access to data. Data is information and without it we can never begin to answer the questions to the problems we have.
The other day while I was listening to some music (Hip-Hop and Dancehall) on the radio. I started to notice a particular theme to the music that I never realized before. It seems a lot of popular music has a lot of paranoia.
I do feel a lot of music in Caribbean has a lot of under-tones of, “dem a wicked people”, “jealousy”, “friend against friend” and “don’t trust anyone” messages. I’m not sure if there is any correlation between listening to this type of music and Caribbean people’s feelings regarding their trust issues and the treatment they feel in their own communities.
I was going to just generalise and say that Caribbean music was the only offenders of this point, but I did notice it in other music originating outside of the Caribbean region. In conclusion, I don’t think music can force you to act a certain way, but it can add influence to those that are easily influenced.