Popcaan – “The System”

Dancehall is synonymous with summer, dancing and Red Stripe, but those in the reggae-know can tell you that often, the message is more than just having a good time.

“The System”’s lyrics speak for themselves, filled with references to gun violence, drugs and living in poverty. That said, they’re also not the easiest to understand, and reading them doesn’t necessarily help (check out the lyric video. See what I mean?).  Fortunately, the visuals succeed in conveying the message.

We start with Popcaan and crew out on a walk through an obvious ghetto. As they make their way through the neighbourhood, they amass residents who are going about their daily lives until everyone affected by the corrupt system is walking with Popcaan in solidarity. That’s goes beyond a party anthem,although there is some booty shaking in the video if you look closely.

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a Red Stripe while listening to “ The System”, just make sure that you do listen.

-Michelle Farres


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