“Dancehall is Losing Respect”: Usain Bolt Pinpoints What Killed a Once-Popular Music Genre

Published 11/19/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 Usain Bolt is seen on the grid before the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


The Dancehall genre originated in Jamaica back in the 1970s. After being a sporadic version of reggae music, Dancehall garnered attention for the excitement it brought to the Jamaican audience. Hence, it has been a rich part of their history.

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However, in recent times, the genre has lost its prominence. Legendary athlete Usain Bolt opened up on his concerns about the genre becoming extinct and how he misses that part of history.

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Usain Bolt misses dancehall

With artist Vybz Kartel leaving the industry, Bolt spoke about how it led to dancehall losing its respect on the global platform. Moreover, Bolt also seemed dejected with many Jamaican artists heading towards trap beats with the dancehall genre. Bolt spoke about the importance of dancehall getting its recognition back.

“I grew up on hardcore dancehall, it’s hard to see the change and I think that’s why dancehall is losing its respect.”

“No disrespect to all the other artist they doing their things they making money, cool, but the respect that dancehall had that everybody want a piece of is different now because it’s not the hardcore like ghetto type of dancehall anymore,” said Bolt.

With Bolt releasing his debut album ‘Country Yutes’, the newly established music producer hopes to get the essence back of the missed genre. Thus, the 35-year-old athlete wants to make traditional-sounding dancehall music with other artists.

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Bolt’s Country Yutes

The sprinter is now a music producer as his debut album rocked the charts. Collaborating with his manager Nugent “NJ” Walker, Bolt released a fantastic album filled with songs connected to his roots.

Ever since he retired from athletics, his passion for music has further grown. He always wanted to become a music producer and finally achieved his dream. The album topped the iTunes reggae charts for some time as Bolt introduced himself to the music world. He always spoke about his passion for music is very serious.

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“I’ve loved music all my life. If you followed my career, you know that I was dancing [and] always having a good time… So now that I’ve put in the work, I think people have really seen that the quality of music that I put out with the album Country Yutes is good,” said Bolt.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt gestures in a news conference during an event arranged by his sponsors in Mexico City, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Being the personality he is, Bolt wants to be the best artist in the world. Surely, his influence in the music industry is all set to rise, given the passion he possesses and displays.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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