There are few artists who are disliked as much as Rameses Brown is in Barbados.
For those of you who don’t know who Rameses Brown is,
he is a soca artist who came to local Barbadian prominence in the mid to late 90s.
The reason for this dislike has always baffled me and I thought, why not dedicate a blog post to try to answer the question.
Why does everyone hate Rameses?
1. Rameses sings ok.
Rameses might be the first to tell you he is not a technically gifted singer. He can’t do the runs like Anderson Armstrong or hit you in the back of the room like Dr. Anthony “Gabby” Carter.
He simply stays in key for the majority of a song.
But you ask, there are other artists who are just ok singers as well that do not generate the level of “chupsedom*” Rameses does. What is wrong with singing ok?
Well, that is a good question and the answer is that Caribbean audiences generally like singers that can woo them or those that can’t sing who make them laugh.
Rameses is neither.
2. Rameses has muscles.
This may seem like a strange one to put here as muscles are a good thing.
But for him
Rameses’ gym work seems to turn off guys who are haters and women who inevitably say:
“He feel he look good!”
Why this happens I am not too sure but this a music blog post not an anthropological one.
3. People have never forgiven Rameses for All Circuits Are Busy.
Rameses most popular hit was as catchy as it was hated. The song’s lyrics spoke about not being able to make a phone connection. Check it out below:
Due to the content and #4, many people hated the song. It didn’t help that Rameses went on to release several phone themed songs right after. A lot of people have never forgiven him for this with many unable to give him even the slightest forward.
4. Rameses has a nasal and light voice.
It has been shown that men with deeper voices tend to ascend the corporate ladder. A deep voice commands respect…
Rameses doesn’t have a deep voice.
He therefore sings with a nasal tenor voice which to many seems a little strange coming from a man his size.
5. Rameses doesn’t wuk up.
The wuk up dance is a big part of Soca music in Barbados.
Rameses doesn’t wuk up.
Instead, he stalks the stage like an itchy brown bear that is full of rhythm.
This lack of standard movement once again puts Rameses in the back of the love line.
The five reasons I have listed here are not held by every one of course. Rameses does have fans even though I have never met any. Personally, I think he is unfairly treated as haters let their biases as identified above cloud their judgement of his current work.
So people, stop giving Rameses blows and realize your bias. So next year my post would read:
Why everyone loves Rameses?