“...kinda worried with the direction of how things a turn still, but me just a be optimistic because Jamaica is our place. We just really need to get it back up and running. But the social infrastructure of the country a fall apart... really falling apart. No unity, no love, nobody got love round here again. Nobody. The yout dem got no jobs so they're just hostile, volatile, wild, crazy bang band shoot dem up. You understand, especially if you have to live day to day and commute through the ghetto. I'm not really trying to discriminate the upper class, people in their big Mitsubishi vans, Pyairo something like that, Rav4, just leave from him big company and gone up to his nice house it doesn't really matter. But we all in the same boat so we need to just work hands and heart in oneness and just try and get back things on a proper level. Because until the poor have something the rich is not going to be comfortable, cuz the crime will just walk up on them doorstsep, people getting shoot up in their house, kids dying. Well the latest crime wave now is like when domestic affairs just turn out violent like it's not working out with a man and his wife, and him just like kill the kids and just behead him wife it's terrifying. Even me just living in the ghetto more times me wonder, me in a my sleep and just hear like 15 shots run out, consecutively like bang bang bang bang bang, and me just a jump outta my sleep and just a wonder if my little roof just got shoot up or something like that. Because the frequent crime wave, ya understand me. But me just optimistic and me just feel like a change will come. Me half to just beat on that and hope for that. A change."
– Terry Lynn
"In 2007, Jamaica saw yet another substantial rise in murders (18%), shootings (14%), and break-ins (11%) when compared to 2006. By the end of 2007, the total murder count was a staggering 1,574, versus 1,340 in 2006. A number of these homicides were explained as politically motivated violence during Jamaica’s national elections that occurred in the fall of 2007. The weapon of choice used for murders and criminal activity continues to be firearms. Crime generally in Jamaica, and specifically in Kingston, can be related to a few key factors: poverty, retribution, drugs, gangs and politics."
- The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Jamaica Crime and Safety Report 2008 <here>
Terry Lynn captures with words a sense of Kingston’s environment and Jamaica’s struggles the way a camera captures images with a lens.
The sound is distinctive, hard and impassioned unlike anything heard from the sunny shores of this Carribean hotspot, matched only by the equally unrelenting imagery of The Afflicted Yard.
Terry wrote directly about the life swirling outside her window with Phred sourcing sounds from around the world. 1.0 was created, and 2.0 evolved the concept further. Days to weeks, months to years, airmiles, studios, sweat and tears, and the project took shape. Add to the mix imagery shot by Peter Dean Rickards of The Afflicted Yard, or filmed by the Rickards Brothers, and the layered perspectives of message, sound and vision, combine to shine light on and transcend day to day life and logic in Kingston.
The 9th of nine children, Terry Lynn was born and raised in Olympic Gardens, otherwise known as Waterhouse, an impoverished area in Kingston, Jamaica. Terry grew up a tomboy competing against boys all her life, from skateboards to rhymes. Her favorite hobby aside from survival was lyrically clashing with guys selling produce amidst the chaotic markets and crowded arcades of Kingston. She would fiercely take on anyone causing an uproar from passersby witnessing a female spitting hard, insightful lyrics about the city swirling around them.
As a female with a different perspective, Terry didn't fit into the local studio system of rapid recording and was frustrated by the subject matter. She would not compromise her stance to fit in, opting instead to wait for a time to do things differently. They took as much time as needed to write complete stories and songs capturing her life experiences as she lived them, ignoring time pressures, and removed from the local industry grind. Then they created them once more again. The result is two sides of KINGSTONLOGIC. 1.0 & 2.0 -the first shall be last and the last shall be first.
The hotter the battle the sweeter the victory.