• Hip-hop artist Rhyan Clapham, also known as Dobby. (Vyva Entertainment)Source: Vyva Entertainment
The rapper and musician took to social media to express his frustration with the maskless protestors defying COVID-19 restrictions.
By
Dan Butler

Source:
NITV News
26 Jul 2021 - 9:13 PM  UPDATED 27 Jul 2021 - 2:44 PM

Rapper DOBBY has taken to social media to vent his frustration over the weekend's lockdown protests, with a rap that has since gone viral. 

Thousands of maskless protestors took to the streets to decry the lockdowns, vaccines, and the media. 

The Muruwari and Filipino man posted the track with the title "Dumb song for dumb people".

"I don't know if I came into the studio with a set goal on responding to (the protests), but it just came out as a way of venting, and expressing a lot of confusion and anger about the whole situation," he told NITV. 

The 27-year-old questioned the purported motives of those who took part on the weekend, who have relied heavily on the language of "freedom", and reject COVID-19 restrictions as repressive. 

"We all want to get out of here. But whether or not they know it, it is only exacerbating the situation.

"I don't think it was for my freedom. It wasn't for their family's freedom. It's for their immediate freedom. And that doesn't speak for all of us."

The song, less than two minutes long, nonetheless touches on many of the hot-button issues at the forefront of the pandemic, from vaccine hesitancy to the over-policing of targeted communities. 

"I wanted to touch on as much as I thought I needed to in that one rap verse," he says.

"We've got over policing happening in the western suburbs (of Sydney)...  People being monitored, helicopters flying over people's houses on the daily, and that's before curfew! And now with lockdown, it's even worse.

"I wanted to paint a picture in people's heads of what is really happening, (like with) vaccinations.

"We've got a lot of delays with these Pfizer doses, a lot of concerns with AstraZeneca. But... it's just a matter of doing your research and getting past your own bubble... educating yourself with reputable sources.

"That's the only way we can actually get smarter, stronger and together, you know?"

The protests, which became violent in clashes with police, drew infactual comparisons to the Black Lives Matter gatherings of last year.

The rapper says they aren't to be compared, for a number of reasons. 

"We went through protocol, and communicated with the police and the government to make sure that it was all above board.

"We also hand sanitized, socially distance when we could, despite the numbers, and we all wore masks, I don't think I saw one person at these recent lockdown protests wearing a mask.

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"And... the most important thing of all is what we were protesting about.

"You're (lockdown protestors) out there in the streets, protesting your immediate wants to get out. But... Black Lives Matter protests were about lives, black lives, who were who have been killed and taken from them and their family and their community.

We're fighting for justice.... So there's no possible way that you could link those two things together."

The song has very personal elements as well: the chorus is a sarcastic lament, that the young rapper will "never go on tour again".

As a performing musician, the loss of income and live performances has hit hard.

"And I'm know that there's a lot of people in this industry in the arts, the amount of people that had massive tours, plans, collaborations, releases to put out so it's just such a shame," he tells NITV. 

"What can we do other than just to laugh about it, and said, to make music about it, and just kind of get through it? So that's kind of what this song is about. It's me laughing through the frustration and pain."

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