STAR of the Month : I-Octane defends use of curse words, blasts Broadcasting Commission

April 11, 2017

STAR of The Month I-Octane has stayed clear of releasing lewd lyrics over his decade-long career.

However, despite keeping a clean image, the singjay is not opposed to the practice of releasing music that is sexually explicit or contain curse words.

He lamented that curse words are a part of the Jamaican culture and very much appreciated by foreigners.

"It's all about preference and I have no objection. I have one or two songs that I use curse words in, and when I do dub plates I use bad words," he said.

But he clarified that he does not support using curse words to attack a person.

"But aside from that, I don't see no problems with people using it (expletives) as slangs. When you go foreign, if yu nah sey 'b@*b$claat, Bob Marley or wah gwaan', it's like you are not saying nothing or you are not from Jamaica. They love our curse words and they accept us," he said.

The singjay also blasted the Broadcasting Commission for attempting to censure dancehall music, yet allow edited hip hop and pop music to play on air.

He also revealed that he has helped other artistes to pen sexually explicit songs, but would never release explicit records of his own.

"I don't do two versions to songs because most of my songs are done clean, except the Spice song and a few others. I think the Broadcasting Commission is mashing up creativity and getting too technical with it. There is a thing called the Internet and free speech and soon those mediums will replace radio, so what will you do then?

I-Octane said persons cannot put the responsibility to raise their children on artistes, while they (parents) have helpers raising the children.

"At the same time, you allow edited hip hop to play in Jamaica for one hour and a half every day. When we go to America there is no major

station playing one hour dancehall and reggae. Broadcasting Commission a mash up radio," he said.

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