From Charlotte to Kingston, Too Much Blood Ah Run
“Another mother bawl when she see her son,” sings Rico Tayla in his new song, “spread out in him own blood on the ground.” As each new day seems to bring another horrific news report about police officers abusing their authority and killing the very people they are sworn to serve and protect, Tayla’s tune reminds us that there are good cops and bad cops all over the world—but some police are just plain bad news. With a system in place that protect its own, the problem is deep-rooted. “In every society worldwide those who don’t have power are always abused,” says the singer. “In some countries it is who have money and who don’t. In some it’s about color or race while in others it’s by religion. But the police or any other military force always abuse those in the society that aren’t considered important.” The tune hits iTunes tomorrow, but Boomshots is proud to premiere it today—because the way things are going, 24 hours might be too long to wait. Audio & Interview After The Jump…
“The story never change: shoot-out gwan and shots exchange” Run that…
Was there any particular experience that inspired this song?
Growing up in Jamaica as a youth, you are constantly exposed to the confrontational relationship between the police and the people—especially those who don’t live uptown. As youth who is not a criminal I can probably list no less than 10 personal experiences with police in Jamaica that if I didn’t know the amount of good police that I know, I would hate all police.
Your song is very specific to Jamaica but the issue is worldwide.
Yes it is, it’s about power. In every society worldwide those who don’t have power are always abused. In some countries it is who have money and who don’t. In some it’s about color or race while in others it’s by religion. But the police or any other military force always abuse those in the society that aren’t considered important.
Any thoughts on the current situation in the U.S.?
The truth is, worldwide the real issue is not even so much the police themselves, it is the overwhelming power that society gives to one set of people and the culture over the years that police protect police, the prosecutor protect police, the judge protects the police, so when there is a bad police officer and you as a civilian have an issue with that police then you, the corrupted police and everybody already know that nothing will come out of it. The truth is once you are not one of the privileged in society then the police will do whatever they feel like doing and they will get away wit it. The only difference between Jamaica and America is that in Jamaica u are measured by your money, your wealth and in America you are measured by your colour.
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