Reggae/dancehall artiste Mark Anthony Myrie aka Buju Banton has always had some form of controversy surrounding his name since he got his break and rose to the top of the local reggae/dancehall charts.
Banton released a number of dancehall singles following his 1987 debut but gained prominence in 1992 when he released two albums, Stamina Daddy and Mr Mention, the latter becoming one of Jamaica’s best-selling albums at the time.
One of the major controversies surrounding the artiste in the early years of his career was after his hit song Love Me Browning.
The ‘Brownin’ song featured on his Mr Mention album drew alot of criticism from fans and music industry players.
Many critics accused the reggae superstar of discriminating against darker skin tone women. Because of the lyrics, which read, “Me love me car me love me bike me love me money and ting but most of all, me love me browning.”
A few more lines from the controversial song goes, “Woman don’t worry yourself cause everything crisp and clean yeah, know say, next month ah come, and you must get de ring go in front of the pastor and get him blessing.”
Following the backlash from his controversial lyrics, which could be seen as discriminatory, Buju Banton seemingly agreed with the critics as he rushed to the studio to record a follow-up to the song entitled; Love Black Woman.
In the follow-up song, Buju Banton expressed his love for black women with a darker shade skin tone as he basically apologised for the perception Love Me Brownin left on the black community.
Source: (1992) Buju Banton’s Controversial Hit ‘Love Me Browning’ 31st Anniversary – YARDHYPE
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