Who’s In Charge of the Rompin’ Shop?

So who’s in charge of the rompin’ shop? In the case of Shabba Ranks and Lady Saw it’s a clear draw. And, not so surprisingly, even the frontrunners of the reggae revival are singing rompin’ shop songs . . . . Unlike Lady Saw who performs slackness, Jah9 performs innocence.

Chávez Duppy Dream Sista P

Yu nuo di big prablem wid Jamieka? Unu ches tuu ai; an unu yai tuu big. / Yu know di big problem wid Jamaica? Unu chest too high; an unu yai too big. / You know what’s Jamaica’s big problem? You all are much too vain and greedy.

Patwa Step Up Inna Life!

Native speakers of English are often not hooked on ‘correctness’ in the way that up-tight, second-language learners often are. They actually experiment with their mother tongue, making it do all sorts of interesting things. Words like ‘bling’ and ‘diss’ have found their way into English not just as slang, but as ‘respectable’ new vocabulary, heard on the BBC.

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