Valiant, the rising dancehall sensation, recently paid tribute to reggae artist Kabaka Pyramid and addressed the controversy surrounding his latest single, “Rasta“, in a recent interview with Jamaican media outlet Zip 103FM.
During the exchange, Valiant clarified the meaning behind the song’s lyrics, which some have found controversial. When quizzed about Kabaka Pyramid’s thoughts on the song, Valiant praised the Grammy-winning artist for his recent achievement before explaining the wordplay and meaning behind the track.
“Nuff people nuh really understand wordplay, and certain people nuh understand certain song you see it, me never disrespect no Rasta, me nah disrespect,” he declared. “I don’t think Rasta is our culture, but Rasta a the way of life fi we, weh most Jamaican live.” He added.
Valiant went on to elaborate on the lyrics of the song, stating, “the whole title a di song, from you, hear the song a start, you hear dog dem a chop pa pa, what his he saying, a wordplay, so man a live like Rasta no beef no passa, never say pasta but you ago expect the word pasta because me seh Rasta, you know and dung inna di song yuh done know me nuh seh nutting bout no Rasta, we just use that fi ketch dem first.”
After explaining Valiant’s hopes that the reggae-dancehall community would have gained some clarity from his interview and lyrical breakdown, despite the controversy surrounding the track.