Why does the word murder get used so much in pre-digital dancehall and old reggae?
For example, this Barrington Levy track https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmdhqRgRsmE
Is there any reason or significance?
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Murder means "serious business". A reggae performer of that era once explained it like that in a radio interview on a London radio station back then. So not literally murder, but a colourful word for "something to be taken seriously".
But there are other possible meanings, depending on context : See also: https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090320003325AAvq3f9 https://www.reddit.com/r/reggae/comments/216l56/why_do_reggae_artists_use_the_phrase/