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A track titled "Reparation' recorded by Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim has reportedly been banned by some local Jamaican radio stations. In the song, Reparation, the two suggest that the practice is not wrong as long as the benefits are not used to fuel violence. They call the practice 'reparation', which is the making of amends for wrong or injury done supposedly to the ghetto youths.
In the song's chorus Gaza Slim sings, "As long as dem nah buy nuh gun, nah support nuh war/ Big up the man dem star from near and far/ Dem call it scam, mi call it reparation / Every ghetto yute is a star, suh dem waan live like one."
Vybz Kartel then deejays, "Big up every scammer, weh mek US dollar/ Build up the house fi yuh mama/ Western Union people fi gi wi more honour", "Who seh di scammer dem wrong?/ No/Hungry, poverty, that more wronger/ Better dem dweet than tek up the bomber/ Memba the youth dem nah squeeze trigger/ A just true dem a nigger" and "Mi just warn the youth dem, nuh rob Jamaica/ Doan buy gun fi kill man/Foreign exchange is good fi the country/ Franklin USA, Sterling England."
Accoring to Gaza Slim, it is her "right" as an artiste to choose whatever topics she wished to sing about. She further stated, "Jamaica have more problem right now dan lotto scamming that the Government need to sort out. I do music not scamming, and I think that I have the right to do songs about any topic. I am just biggin up the youths who are hustling to make money widout shooting and killing anyone. Them jus ban the song because they can, don't? As weh Worl Boss (Vybz Kartel) say inna di book, a society shouldn't prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable!"