Shyne’s 21st anniversary album – from articulating struggles and desperation in hip hop to proposing solutions for the marginalized and disenfranchised




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Posted: Sunday September 26, 2021. 4:02 PM CST.

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By Shyne Barrow: On September 26, 2000, I released my classic self-titled debut album which articulated the struggles, frustrations, anger, desperation, determination, persistence and despair, that many people in urban communities across the world were feeling. and still feel!

I didn’t create the kind of music my dad played as a DJ at my predecessor Curl Thompson’s club “The Cottage” on Amara Avenue.

Nevertheless, Hip Hop / Rap music is the most popular / consumed form of music in the world! He sells the most records, he dominates radio, television, merchandise and touring! It is disturbingly and ironically astonishing that the music inspired by despair, violence, fear, courage to overcome fears, poverty, drug dealing, especially crack, provided by Oliver North and d ‘other agencies in African American downtown communities who in turn became millionaires by selling poison as agents sent to destroy their own people while making themselves rich, the fact that poets like me would become multimillionaires in a multibillion dollar industry, all created by songs of disenfranchised people facing the worst but blessed with a miraculous resilience that allows them to stand up every day and seek the best in every way leaves me amazed !

21 years later, I no longer build songs illustrating the hard life of the marginalized, 21 years later, I now build resolutions to the problems of the marginalized and disenfranchised! 21 years later, I work tirelessly as a servant and leader in the system I used to sing on to create a better reality for the new generation of musicians!

NB. Shyne Barrow is currently the Area Representative for the Mesopotamia Division on the south side of Belize City. He was elected for a five (5) year term in November 2020 and is currently one of five (5) members of the Opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) in the National Assembly. He was Leader of the Opposition for a short transition period in 2021.

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