Dancehall has negative effects on Jamaican youth. I agree!

16 Mar

Yes! Dancehall has negative effects on youths in Jamaica. “Studies have shown that explicit lyrical music can impact adolescent sexual and violent behavior” (Crawford 2010). Dancehall music tends to contain explicit sexual content that continuously encourages violence and promiscuity in adolescents and even adults. This genre of music is a vital part of the Jamaican society economically and culturally but over the years has proven to be more negative than positive. Consequently, skin bleaching and oral sex has become predominantly acceptable for young adults. The practice of bleaching was long before dancehall but skyrocketed when the popular dJ vybz Kartel sang about it, it was promoted using dancehall as a medium. This negative influence can even be proven with the huge sales received from songs encouraging bleaching. The ardent attention received from “bleaching” dancehall songs had almost every school boy and girl toning their faces. Dancehall music can also be seen in the same light as alcohol, very addictive and linked to sexual activities. Oral sex was once said to be an American culture “only”. Now it has become widely accepted in Jamaica. Since popular artiste Kartel and many others encouraged this sexual behavior and praised it in their lyrics both young and old people began embracing it openly. The song “Freaky gyal” hit number 1 on charts which later led to adolescent girls piercing their tongues and men openly displaying their like and acceptance for oral sex. It has been noticed also that when people drink alcohol they tend to want to have sex, just like listening to dancehall music. Many would say they get high off this type of lyrics which mostly contains sexual content. Dancehall music has a way of plaguing the mind. I can attest to that, whenever I listen to dancehall music a certain vibe is felt which puts one in a certain sexual mood. According to an author, “lyrical contents of dancehall genre have the potential to impact the brain, and affect emotional behavior in humans, especially for the young people”. (Crawford 2010)

Popular dj Vybz Kartel before and after Bleaching

In dancehall today, if an artiste is not singing about sex it is about violence, it’s very rare when positive lyrics are promoted. The violent lyrics that these songs portray are very influential in the lives of adolescents. Some teens demonstrate the actual violent scenes portrayed in the musical content which increases the crime rate in Jamaica.” Gangsters nuh walk wid knife, only Ak’s and forty-fives”, song by artiste, David Movado Brooks is a prime example. This can be linked to teens going to school with knifes but later transferring to guns for protection. They are often a part of crews which is connected to gang violence. The lyrics which glorify the use of illegal guns and supports violent behavior contributes to the deterioration of our nation. Dancehall artistes needs to realize that they are seen as role models and their music has great influence in the lives of both young and old people. If they should lessen the violent and degrading sexual content in their music it would be safe to say a positive change will definitely be seen in the Jamaican society.

Our youth’s minds has been corrupted from the impact of dance hall.




Crawford AD. The effects of dancehall genre on adolescent sexual and violent behavior in Jamaica: A public health concern. North Am J Med Sci 2010; 2: 143-145.


25 Responses to “Dancehall has negative effects on Jamaican youth. I agree!”

  1. expressyyuhself March 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    I so agree with everything that you have said and what is so funny is that they do not consider what they are doing as any form of impact on the persons who are listening to their music.

    • britney November 17, 2013 at 12:50 am #

      i need the full name of the author and the year it was wriiten to put in my project , lit review … AsAp!!!!!

      • Safiya White November 28, 2013 at 3:20 am #

        My name is Safiya White
        I wrote this 2013

      • Safiya White March 15, 2014 at 5:12 am #

        Correction 2012 sorry:(

  2. sheneika holness February 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Dancehall music certainly has a negative influence on youths in the Jamaican society.This can be seen in the way they behave, speak and respond to various situations. It is sad to note that dancehall music which is a genre for entertainment which most of us enjoy is proving to be so detrimental to the society.
    These artistes need to start promoting more conscious and positive lyrics.

  3. olivia March 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    thease people need to get a life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. sherdene March 27, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    thanks for the information it realy help

  5. Chantal Williams February 4, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    thanks for your intresting infromation it really help

    • Safiya White March 15, 2014 at 5:05 am #

      Ur welcome dear, i was apart of Bcat but I migrated in my second year

  6. Chantal Williams February 4, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    your infomation it really helped

  7. ashley March 14, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    i need author to put in my lit review

  8. Trudi-Ann March 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    Thank u so much Safiya . this reallynhelped for my internal assessment. You are gifted….:-) 🙂

    • Safiya White March 19, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

      Thank u for ur kind words. Im thinking you and your classmates have been given said assignment. All the best!

  9. johnmatis June 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    jamaican dancehall is baddest man

    • Safiya White June 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

      U wont get a grade for that comment my dear…and you are doing this degree you should note “baddest” should be in quotation marks. But goodluck John

  10. Malissa Sicard February 23, 2015 at 2:48 am #

    Can I get ur background information to put in my internal assignment

  11. kevin scott February 26, 2015 at 1:45 am #

    “dancehall songs had almost every school boy and girl toning their faces”. im sorry but that is BS!!!! in the highest form. i would say about 10% or less of Jamaican high school students bleach. that statement is incredibly false and misleading! whoever wrote that is clearly bias.

    • Safiya White January 24, 2017 at 2:26 am #

      Did u only read hAlf of the post. This idea was first introduced in paragraph 1
      “The practice of bleaching was long before dancehall but skyrocketed when the popular dJ vybz Kartel sang about it, it was promoted using dancehall as a medium”.
      Thanks for your input.

  12. amoy March 17, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    Thank you this has really help me♥

  13. Sugarboo September 20, 2015 at 11:27 pm #

    I do agree to that it gas brain washed many young people

  14. Pinky October 28, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    thanks for the info safiya it helped me in a way…….. thanks a lot

  15. Alliefrequent January 24, 2017 at 1:17 am #

    Thanks y’all. You help big time,,,,!!!alliefrequent

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