BREAKING NEWS: COBRA SHOT + Voicemail's Oneil Critical

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Caribbean Lifestyle Media-Michael Jackson's, 'man in the mirror' comes to mind when we confirmed this morning that Mad Cobra has been shot. With lyrics like:
Mi press trigger mi nuh press people button Nuh bodda chat come face mi wid somethin Like how mi have twenty two inna mi somethin Ten haffi use so mi get di next dozen, fool!!! Press trigger mi nuh press people button Nuh bodda chat come face mi wid somethin Like how mi have twenty two inna mi somethin Ten haffi use so mi get di next dozen

We can draw parallels to the Hip Hop scene in the late 90's when Tupac Shakur and Biggie were both murdered. There is something strange about artistes who sing violent lyrics and in reality, they face the same fate they sing about. The positive is, while it takes drastic measures to get there, Hip Hop cleaned up its act. In the same tradition, we hope Dancehall (The music we love) clean up its act.

It is only fair to say that at Caribbean Lifestyle Media, we have and are aware of the positive music coming from Dancehall artistes. Unfortunately, these acts of violence is hard to separate from those who portray the Gangster message in their song. This recent shooting comes on the heal of Oneil Edwards, 1/3 member of Voicemail, who was shot and is in critical condition. Many has positives things to say about Oneil. We can truly say that based on Oneil's music, this was shocking. Voicemail is a pop Dancehall/Reggae group and has a squeaky clean image. Edwards shooting joins a long line of innocent victims who was shot by gunmen or the police. While many continue to pray and send kind words, Mr. Vegas has taken action, he organized a peace rally for Oneil in Half Way tree using twitter-many turn out to show their support.

It is true, when famous people fall victim to violence, everyone pays attention. We hope that the industry understand the power of their voice. The recent Dancehall music that we have heard has a variety topics. However, for so long the industry has been unbalanced, it will take the general population some time to catch up. The impact of the ongoing violence is immediate. We hope Mad Cobra recovers from this recent tragedy and we continue to send blessings towards Oneil Edwards.

*Photo by AXE-S Media-Stacious, Natalie Storm, Tifa

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