There is no doubt that gun tunes themselves are a deeply controversial aspect of Jamaican music. And I am not here to defend the tunes or the negative aspects of this mix. Music and art about violence have been around since, well, since the beginning of art itself and my podcast page will not solve any debates. What I hoped to show in this mix was the way in which the artists whose songs are included took the theme of violence and elevated it through metaphor, delivery, etc. into something closing in on the sublime; and when all is said and done, taking violence and turning it into art will always be positive.
Track List: Gun man medly (Barrington, Terror, Cobra, Panhead), RIP (cobra), Still (rickey General), Can’t Frighten Me (Red Rose), would a let you go (Jr. Cat), launch an attack(General TK). Dem a bad bwoy (Little Kirk), permit fi gun (Super Cat), ruff chat(Terry Ganzie), bad boy gringo (Terror Fabulous), coppershot (Bounty Killer), order (Terror Fabulous), who to Trust (Terry Ganzie), Long or Tall (Bounty Killer),Shine & Criss (Shabba Ranks), Wanted Outlaw (Terry Ganzie), Find & Kill (Cobra), Bad Boy (Super C), send another one come (pinchers), Go Away (Bounty Killer, Nitty Kutchie, Angel Doolas), Copper & Chrome (Ricky General), Old Dog (Terror Fabulous), bandelero (Pinchers). Greendelero (Beenie man), Bow-de-lero ( Wickerman ), Gundelero (cobra), Point of Conflict ( Ward 21), When the Sun Goes Down (Terry ganzie), Whoa (Cobra), Murder (Pinchers), Murder (Terry Ganzie), Cowboy Style (Josey Wales). Gun Bag (Junior Pops). Lodge (Bounty Killer), Spy Fi Die (Bounty Killer), Mark Death (spragga Benz) Mark 10 (Cobra), No Long Argument (Spragga Benz), Shot a Kill (Ninja Ford), Shot A Talk (Cobra), No Mercy (Bounty Killer), Boy Nuh Run (Bounty Killer/Ninja Man), Shot Em Up (Beenie Man), Batty Boy Fi Die (Red Dragon), Yush (Cobra), Twenty One (Pinchers/Bounty Killer), No Borrow Gun (Pinchers), My Magnum (Red Dragon), Gun Man Tune (Panhead), Say A Prayer (Spragga Benz) Not Another Word (Boounty Killer), Area Bad Bwoy (Frisco Kid), Mobster (Beenie Man), Iron Gloves (Jr. Cat)