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4. Protoje, “Blood Money”

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“Blood Money” details a politically corrupt Jamaica, where the rich receive preferential treatment and escape criminal prosecution. The single immediately struck a chord, and caused a stir before it was available for digital download or a video had been released. Protoje courageously speaks for the many in this Winta James-produced track, which he hopes will bring about conversations leading to a more just society where status is not dictated by salary. Change doesn’t occur overnight, but raising awareness of an issue is the first step, and Protoje has certainly done that. — Gibbo

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