Scrilla defends ‘Wood’

Bashment Soca finalist Richard Scrilla Straker is pulling no punches as he defends his controversial 2017 release, Wood.

While some commentators and members of the public believe the song should be banned from radio, he is insisting it contains no lewdness as some claim.

Scrilla is adamant that the song is about a “carpentress” who is interested in lumber and wants different types, and he said if people viewed it differently, “that is their business”.

“That is . . . their interpretation to the actual song. There are no direct implications of any explicit [language] in the song. However people want to take the song they can. I stated what I sang about and that is wood,” he told Barbados TODAY in an interview at his Culloden Road, St Michael home.

Scrilla added that the music video would “back up what my song is saying”.

The video, released Monday afternoon, features fully-clothed female carpenters in a workshop dancing with work tools, with Scrilla among them.

The singer said while some have criticized Wood, it has received positive response at home and abroad.

“The response locally and internationally has been overwhelming. The song is being played in Boston, New York and Atlanta and it has over 70,000 views on YouTube,” he happily stated.

Meantime, Scrilla said he was elated to be in the finals of the Bashment Soca competition again, but said he expected a challenge with the genre growing in popularity in Barbados.

“Over 150 songs were entered this year, so I am overwhelmed this year, as they told me that I easily made it to the finals,” he said.

And while he does not expect it will be an easy task, Scrilla was optimistic he will win the Bashment Soca title on Phenomenal Friday, July 7.

9 Responses to Scrilla defends ‘Wood’

  1. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis June 27, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    What unadulterated rubbish, Richard. It is a very poor attempt at creativity.

    • mally246 June 28, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      do you understand the concept of “bashment soca”?
      it’s not supposed to be politically correct. emphasis on the word #bashment as in to get on #dibby #scabical which are not in the dictionary.. you need to shut up with you poor atempt of commentary

  2. Nicholas June 27, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Excuse me sir, no disrespect but can you create a basement song rich in content.

  3. Shaz June 28, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Stupppsssseeeee….wunna really????nothing else going on???!!!!

  4. Shaz June 28, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Just because someone else’s contribution is not your cup of tea doesnt mean its rubbish. Y big old adults try to box in people according to their own views and fake values…pine cedar purpleheart…i love it!

  5. ricardo June 28, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Please, how can you call the young man’s musical piece rubbish. Who died and made you the calypso aficionado or judge? The use of double entendre may be above your vast cognitive abilities, but I guess not all woods are created equally, so you may be experiencing a Freudian moment here. Anyway, would you condemn Sparrow’ s “lyrics about all salt fish sweet” , Spice’s lyrics” about the only gun they have is the gun in side. ..” or Foreigner Frank’s lawn em down just to name a few…I think not.

  6. Tasha June 28, 2017 at 5:50 am

    You know what have me. Mac Fingall sang a song years ago “How Much Is That Doggie In The Window “. I want that doggie that sweet sweet doggie. No noise. Blood sang a song ” She Pussy down to the ground”. Wunna old folks got double standards. E Jerome Davis

  7. Tony Waterman June 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

    @E Jerome Davis!!! being a Hypocrit should be a Big SIN, i Go to Barbados Every Year and i am there at Cropover time, as my Brother’s Birthday is on July 23rd, so i spend the Lat 2 wks in july and the First 2 wks of August in Barbados, since 1970.
    in 2010 there wwas a T&T Riddim Called the Gutter Riddim Knocking down Barbados even though it was Cropover time, and it was about Selling “PIPE”
    Patch – Pipe (Gutter Riddim)
    Patch Ft.Denise Belfon-Pipe (Gutter Riddim)
    billy d kid – bus pipe (answer back) – gutter riddim
    billy d kid-pipe reply (trinidad soca 2010)(gutter riddim)

    You can listen to them on Youtube,
    My Question is, Where was your Criticism of Patch and his Pipie Songs, which were no different from Scrilla’s Wood Song..

    What did the Bible say about a Man and his Country, something about not being accepted in his own Country?????

    If it is Offensive to you because of your Gutter Mind, don’t Listen to it.
    Have NOT Heard the Gutter Riddim in Years, same will happen to this WOOD Song.

  8. Tonia June 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm nailed that piece of wood right on the headwhich head? if your mind is dirty then you can make all kinds of interpretation…
    Scrilla I love the hardest type of wood
    I am building in purple heart
    Creativity in all forms!


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