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Welcome to Jamrock Blog

Damian Marley's Video- Blessing or a.......

Blog by Big Mountain
(Forum Member)

I Was watching MTV yesterday with a group of International friends who came to visit. Damian Marley's video "Welcome to Jamrock" came on. I was in shock and awe. What was this guy thinking? He chooses to dirtiest streets with garbage piling up on both sides, people living in carboard boxes, shattered zinc homes, man eating out of garbage bins. Utterly disgusting to see the image this guy is broadcasting to the world. Not to mention the Jamaican Flag featured in the video was on a wall with paint peeling and filled with gunshot holes. To top it off he named the song "Welcome to Jamrock". As if this is how we live on the rock. I know these things exist in Jamaica and every country in the world for that matter but why make a video depicting Jamaicans living in garbage and extreme poverty and filth. One of the guys asked me who has never visited Jamaica, "does this guy really loves Jamaica?"
Luckily, Wayne Wonder's video came up with some beautiful Jamaican girls dancing on the beach and saved the day. What was this guy thinking?

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Lyrics
Welcome to Jamrock“Out in the streets, they call it murder!!!!”
Verse 1:
Welcome to Jamrock, camp where di thugs dem camp at
Two pound a weed inna van bag
It inna yuh hand bag, yuh knapsack it inna yuh back pack
Di smell a give yuh girlfriend contact
Some bwoy nah notice, dem only come around like tourist
On di beach wid a few club sodas
Bedtime stories, and pose like dem name Chuck Norris
And don’t know di real hardcore
Cause (?) a nuh back too, di thugs dem weh do weh dem got to
And won’t tink twice to shot yuh
Don’t mek dem spot yuh, unless yuh carry guns aloit
A bare tuff tings come at yuh
When Trenchtown man stop laugh and block off traffic
Then dem wheel and pop off and dem start clap it
Wid di pin file dung and it a beat drop it
Police come inna jeep and dem caan stop it
Some seh dem a playbwoy a playbwoy rabbit
Funnyman a get dropped like a bad habit
So nuh bodda pose tuff if yuh don’t have it
Rastafari stands alone

Chorus: (“Ini Kamoze sample”)
Welcome to Jamrock, Welcome to Jamrock
“Out in the streets, they call it murder!!!!”)

Verse 2:
Welcome to Jamdown, poor people a dead at random
Political violence caan dun
Pure ghost and phantom, di yute dem get blind by stardom
Now di Kings Of Kings a call
Old man to pickney, so wave oonu hand if yuh wid mi
To see di sufferation sick mi
Dem suit nuh fit mi, to win election dem trick we
They they don’t do nuttin at all
Come on let’s face it, a ghetto education’s basic
A most a di yutes dem waste it
And when dem waste it, dat’s when they tek di guns replace it
Then dem don’t stand a chance at all
And dat’s why a nuff likkle yute have up some fat matics
Wid di extra magazine inna dem back pocket
And have leisure night time inna some black jacket
All who nah lock glocks a dem a lock rocket
Then we full yuh up a current like a short circuit
Dem a run a roadblock which part di cops block it
And from now till a mornin nuh stop clock it
If dem run outta round I brought back ratchet

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