Going Down: Songs With Taboo Lyrics In Dancehall

Recently, a certain Artist opened a can of worms with a rather “spicy” single. While folks are in a uproar about it, we’ve heard it all before. The Dancehall culture has had a stance on certain sexual practices for years, but with more people having an open mind, some Artists tend to stir the pot by adding taboo themes in their singles. Here are a few that sparked the conversation.

1. Sycamore Tree – Lady Saw (1996)

In a year when the “Joyride Riddim” was taking over airwaves, the Dancehall Artist born Marion Hall used her platform to chase away men who wanted oral “favors” on “Sycamore Tree”. At the time, a woman who was known to do such things were often chastised, even from the recipients. Things have changed in 20 years…Do you remember?

2. Tanya Stephens – Freaky Type (1998)

Before your favourite Artist did it, Tanya was not afraid to put a spotlight on it. If you “burned” it out in public, but did it in the dark, you may not have liked this song. To Tanya it was always the ones most vocal against it were the “professionals”. Over a Baddis Production, she sure liked the “Freaky Type”.

3. Ce’cile –  Do It 2 Me Baby (2003)

Ce’cile always sparked controversy in her singles, this 2003 hit was no different. Dedicated to those who were “Undercover Freaks”, Ce’cile rode that “Coolie Dance Riddim” and welcomed all who opposed her views. Artists flocked to the booth and chastised her for promoting Oral Sex. While the counteractions came, the song continued to make its way around dances. There was even an overseas based Artist who offered to give the male side on a Remix, but we never heard that one. Ce’cile said you shouldn’t care what anyone said, just do it to her.

4. Vybz Kartel – Freaky Gal Pts. 1 – 3 (2011 – 2012)

Vybz Kartel could do no wrong, he could put out a single today and it would be a hit in hours. If he bleached his skin, people would do the same, but when he unleashed his “Freaky Gal” series, it was like chains were broken in Dancehall. It all started with a voicenote being sent to “Juleen”, and opened the minds of many. A very controversial series.

5. Gage – Throat (2014)

Vybz Kartel influenced many people, and once he kicked something, others would follow. Gage was one of those Artists that borrowed a leaf out of Kartel’s book, and it worked with his 2014 single, “Throat”. Being more graphic with his lyrics, this single gave Gage a platform for the liberated, caused quite a stir, and propelled his music career.

Honorable Mention(s)

Lovindeer ft. Lady G – You Eat You Cook

The Mighty Sparrow – Saltfish (Yes we know it’s not Dancehall lol)

Baby Cham – Boom

Lloydie & The Lowbites – Yum Yum Pussy (This falls under Reggae/Ska)


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