"Always listen to the people in the business before you.... Believe in your dream, don't give up on what you're doing. Try to improve on it and things will work out in the end," says Lil Rick

Director of Santia Bradshaw of Pyramid Entertainment management inc. flanked by Lil Rick and Ruel Ward(CEO) announcing the launch of Lime's Dis is Rick- Night of Champions Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at the BTI Carpark, Cavans Lane, Bridgetown,Barbados.

Lil Rick talking about his return to the islands annual competition and plans for the upcoming site Dis is Rick- Night of Champions.

BY ROY R. MORRIS

I’m starting yet another column with a confession: I’m an avid Lil Rick fan. I have been for many years and I have said so before. When I heard his latest release for Crop Over 2014 I was moved to again state my admiration.

You see, his offering Can’t Kill My Vibe, I believe, is a fine example of the calypsonian/poet capturing the essence of what is a major challenge for far too many people in modern Barbados. Yes, some would say that the matter about which he writes and sings has been with us for as long as man has been around, but it seems that modern technology has propelled our ability to hurt each other in previously unimagined ways.

When I first heard the song, even though the “vibe” was compelling, I did not so much as move a hair, and those who know me know I don’t have much of that. Instead I listened and smiled, then listened again and smiled some more – then listened again.

All I could say was: “Rick’s just good!!”

The tune might be different and the speed significantly higher than the original Rick, but in every sense of the word it was classic Lil Rick. I know we live in a society where we have cultivated the art of liking a song not based on its own merit, but on who is singing it or who wrote it – or whether its melody conforms to what we believe a particular genre of music should sound like, but I encourage everyone to take a listen.

In fact, I recommend it to church folk, particularly those who sit in church every Sunday and judge everyone else. You know the type, those who rather than being born-again Christians were born Christian – those who have never done anything wrong in their entire lives.

I’m sure I don’t have to recommend it to young people, because its “wuk-up” value is strong. But every now and then ease up on the waistline shots and listen to the lyrics. They are powerful.

And you can hear the passion in his voice. I have no doubt Rick sings what he knows, what he has experienced. I’m sure that he, like so many of us, has been judged and found guilty by those to whom we really ought only to say: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone . . . .”

So the next time you feel overwhelmed by the hurtful chatter of others, remember these lines: “So let the heathen rage and the enemies rise; still can’t kill my vibe. You can’t dictate nutting or programme me; this is my frigging life. Run off yuh mout , talk wuh yuh want; tell those lies, still can’t kill my vibe.”

And if that piece does not work for you, try this one: “You can got a big house on up pon de hill side; Wickedest ride or de prettiest wife; Even if you broke and barely getting by, haters still in yuh life. So yuh must be careful what bad mind see; everybody dem see dem big mout speak; everything dem speak informers leak. But none a dem can’t kill my energy. You can’t dictate nutting or programme me; this is my frigging life.”

What the heck, here’s the whole song:

CAN’T KILL MY VIBE

Don’t let the hypocrites get you down

Don’t let the dutty bad mind get you down

Push up yuh chest and lift up your shoulder

Take your head out of the ground

It don’t matter who yuh be in a life

Everybody ain’t gine like you

Show them love and give dem yuh last

Somebody still gine fight yuh

All in yuh face dem ah laff and grin

But behind yuh back criticize yuh

Pon dead weight and friends dat hate dem

Intentions is to blight yuh

So let the heathen rage and the enemies rise

Still can’t kill my vibe

You can’t dictate nutting or programme me

This is my frigging life

Run off yuh mout , talk wuh yuh want

Tell those lies, still can’t kill my vibe

You can’t dictate nutting or programme me

This is my frigging life.

Bun out bad mind , fake friends and dem associates

All in we business so inappropriate

Living pon we name but we stepping up we game

If a dutty fake friend get cut off so be it

Bad mind mek friend turn enemy

Enemy mek wunnabe diss family

That’s why right now we don’t trust nuhbody

And I don’t give a damn if you don’t like me

It don’t matter wat yuh be in ah life

Everybody ain’t gine like you

Show them love and give dem yuh last

Somebody still gine fight yuh

All in yuh face dem ah laff and grin

But behind yuh back dem criticize yuh

Bum dead weight and friends dat hate dem

Intentions is to blight yuh

So let the heathen rage and the enemies rise

Still can’t kill my vibe

You can’t dictate nutthing or programme me

This is my frigging life

Run off yuh mout and talk wuh yuh want

Tell those lies, still can’t kill my vibe

You can’t dictate nutting or programme me

This is my frigging life.

You can got a big house on up pon de hill side

Wickedest ride or de prettiest wife

Even if you broke and barely getting by

Haters still yuh life

So yuh must be careful what bad mind see

Everybody dem see dem big mout speak

Everything dem speak informers leak

But none a dem can’t kill my energy

Cause it don’t matter what yuh be in ah life

Everybody ain’t gine like yuh

Show them love and give dem yuh last

Somebody still gine fight yuh

All in yuh face dem ah laff and grin

But behind yuh back criticize yuh

Bum dead weight and friends dat hate dem

Them intentions is to blight yuh

So let the heathen rage and the enemies rise

Still can’t kill my vibe

You can’t dictate nutting or programme me

This is my frigging life

Run off yuh mout and talk wuh yuh want

Tell those lies, still can’t kill my vibe

You can’t dictate nutting or programme me

This is my frigging life.

Don’t let the generic viagra online hypocrites get you down

Don’t let the dutty bad mind get you down

Don’t let the hypocrites get you down

Don’t let the dutty bad mind get you down

Don’t let the hypocrites get you down

Don’t let the dutty bad mind get you down

Push up yuh chest and lift up your shoulder

Take your head out of the ground

So let the heathen rage and the enemies rise

Still can’t kill my vibe

You can’t dictate nothing or programme me

This is my frigging life

Run off yuh mout and talk wuh yuh want

Tell those lies, still can’t kill my vibe

You can’t dictate noting or programme me

This is my frigging life.

 

(Nation News Barbados)

 

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