Williams opposed to guns, violence; says Lead Pipe should have been interviewed
Director of Digicel Barbados Ralph ‘Bizzy’ Williams’ stance on the promotion of gun violence has not changed.
But he has admitted that he acted hastily by deciding to cut ties with Lead Pipe, one of the artistes featured on the controversial Trojan Riddim Mix.
“I made a mistake. I made an immediate decision to do something but I didn’t interview him first. I should have interviewed him, but I didn’t. So obviously I will refrain from making decisions without consulting the artistes first,” Williams told Nation News.
His comments come a day after the telecommunications company announced that they would be discontinuing their influencer relationship with Lead Pipe whose song Thugs Out was one of the featured songs on the project.
There has been condemnation of the video from many sectors.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and Anglican Bishop Michael Maxwell on Tuesday called for the artistes to apologise and remove the video. Mottley said she was horrified by the content.
Lil Rick, Peter Ram and Lead Pipe have all issued statements about their involvement in the project.
Despite acknowledging his quick decision, Williams was adamant that gun violence should not be promoted in music.
“But the point it is, I am not backing down one iota about my opposition to lyrics of any song that incites gun violence. I will go to my grave opposing it. I am totally opposed to solving social problems with guns and violence,” he said.
However, in a statement posted on his social media, Lead Pipe said he had decided not to re-sign with the company.
“Good morning to all, please note I have opted not to re-sign any contract with Digicel. To my fans and supporters, your support is greatly appreciated,” the post said. (TG)