Protoje’s Blood Money Begs No Pardons Image

by Shana-Kay Hart

Every now and then, there comes a song that helps make sense of the world around us. Even if just for a minute, the song transports its listeners into the depths of an artiste's mind and soul, giving a voice to far too frequently unspoken, muffled or suppressed thoughts and beliefs.

As one of the world’s modern-day “soothsayer” or teller of truth, Protoje’s newest song Blood Money shines a glaring and inescapable light on masked issues plaguing Jamaica. As expected, he begs for no pardons in doing so.

With Blood Money, Protoje does what he is best at: mixing melodies and meaningful messages aimed at unearthing the truth. After being away from Jamaica for some time, the singer & songwriter came back with an adjusted understanding of the state of the country and uses this song as a way to address particular matters. “People who have less, are made to seem like the problem in society,” he says. “This is unfair, hypocritical, and widely inaccurate. This song seeks to bring about certain conversations: to talk about what is really happening in our society.” Brazen, bold, and defiant even, Blood Money hits deep and achieves just that. 

From the start, Protoje’s ethos has always been one of unforgiving honesty and transparency that has helped establish his music with every listener, new and old. A clear and clever work of social commentary himself, Protoje reminds us of the inherent need to be heard and speak out on injustices especially in today’s society. The tune comes almost a year after the release of his Royalty Free project and the artist hints that more is to be expected. “The most I can say is Blood Money” needs a home, it will be lonely out there all by itself.”

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