I live near a convenience store in an East Bay neighborhood (3 stores, actually) and the one I frequent the most has the most awesome, friendly staff, mostly immigrants from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Pakistan, and the general Middle East/Northeast Africa area. They are always very curious about American culture and keen to learn new things.
Today as I got some Limon Pepino Gatorade (I cannot resist), a very tall Rastafarian man was in the store getting some kind of mango drink. One of the store staff asked about the man's long dreadlocks piled atop his head, and the Rasta said yes, he was Rastafarian, a devotee of Haile Selassie. The Rasta left the store and accidentally spilled his drink. He came back in the store and said in a thick perhaps Jamaican accent, "Dropped a mon drink; can I get a next one?" I kept saying this little phrase to myself a la James Franco's character in Pineapple Express.
--And the Rasta reminded me of a great, short interview I read with Daryl Jennifer, bassist of the mighty Bad Brains, from way back in 2aught7 in Altercation magazine:
Altercation magazine: ...Would you agree that [punk; music in general] seem[s] a bit watered down these days?
DJ: As far as the music, I feel that kids today, as far their rock goes, they rely on a de-tuning. More of a monster sound, to try and come up with their feelings of aggression. Whereas in our day, groups like Dead Kennedys and Black Flag and Bad Brains, we used to play in E. We didn't de-tune to sound aggressive. We used the shrill. So I'm getting the feeling that the de-tuning and more demonic sound that they can get out of their instruments and voices is giving them more of an aggressive sound. So it's makin' me want to tune up (laughs). So I can speak as a musician on that level. They're trying to drop tune to sound hard.
I mean look at a [Bad Brains] song like "Re-Ignition" or "Regulator." That's straight E, and to me it sounds pretty aggressive. And I don't wanna say aggression in terms of negativity either. I always say our group is like a thunderstorm. Like, when it's storming out, is that something you want to look at as not being positive? Like a little kid that hears thunder crack and is gonna go cry and think of monsters comin'? Or does it sound like glory or creation, which is a beautiful thing? It's the same thing with our music. People shouldn't mistake that because they see me carry the continents of Rasta, or because I play rock music very loud that it's a vibe of negative aggression. It's the lightning crack and the thunder roll.
(Altercation magazine #20, 2007, pg. 60)
I love Daryl's answer. I do like some de-tuned stuff: Melvins, Godflesh; but I know what he's referring to (Limp Bizkit, cough, Korn, cough). I have a feeling Bad Brains are very spiritual guys, and DJ's answer above even reminds me of some of the thought of Chogyam Trungpa.