Protoje’s ‘Kingston Be Wise’ Featured In Grand Theft Auto V

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – In the latest installment of one of the world’s most popular video games there is a special treat for contemporary reggae music lovers. Protoje’s hit single Kingston Be Wise is among the roster of Reggae and Dancehall hits on the GTA V playlist. The game was officially released on September 17, and is forecasted to sell 25 million copies in the first year.

The game, like a world onto itself, depicts a major city where players can explore and carry out missions. Often they will have opportunities to drive vehicles around town and are able to choose from a variety of radio stations to listen to music as they travel. ‘Kingston Be Wise’ is featured on Blue Ark FM as one of a select few songs from the past two years. Most of the reggae station’s playlist includes tracks released before the turn of the 21st century.

“Grand Theft Auto Five is already set to break sales records,” said Protoje, a leading figure in the Reggae Revival movement. “It will be a welcome boost for me because it means millions more potential ears for my music. Many of these people would probably not take the time to check out my songs otherwise.”

With many worthy songs in his catalog, Protoje is pleased about the choice made by Rockstar Games, the developer for the Grand Theft Auto series. “This short story was based on the events of May 23rd, 2010, when the Jamaican government deployed its military into Tivoli Gardens in the capital city of Kingston,” the crafty songwriter recalled. “For me it is very important that the message and information contained in this song reaches to as many people as possible.”

‘Kingston Be Wise’ can be found on Protoje’s second (and latest) studio album, The 8 Year Affair, which was released to Billboard acclaim in February 2013.


A short story based on the events of May 23rd, 2010, when the Jamaican government deployed its military into Tivoli Gardens in the capital city of Kingston.
Premier Nov 5th.

Ey, ey
Watch ya dread
Hey hey

Kingston, be wise
Kingston, free up your mind
Kingston, just be wise
Kingston, free up the I, yeah

When the city a go click-clack-blow, you bet
Government fingers and tic-tac-toes in it
And while they working on the X’s and O’s
I’m living I-N-I like I’m Mister Kamoze
No surprise when they sending foes to me
Opposite of when plain clothes approaching me
Follow they rules is what they propose to me
Selling they souls for what is owed, you see
Nothing is owed, nothing is promised
Never know the government woulda run up inna them garrison
Without no sorry, without excuse
Soldier man inna them lorry, everybody get abused, and
Everybody have them views now
The media is owned so know where you get your news from
And the blood deh pon them shoes now
When them walking it trace
Look them hard in them face
And say

Kingston, be wise
Kingston, free up your mind
Kingston, just be wise, for me
Kingston, free up the violence

Now all the damage can’t quantify
Roy Rayon couldn’t sanctify
Say a nuff a dem them send fi die
So the city a intensify
Say the ghetto them a gentrify
Well I, nobody nuh identify
Nuff bodies unidentified and just a lie deh
Then where the gun deh? Dead pon Saturday
Buried Sunday like Solomon Grundy
Like a no Sons of Solomon them have down deh
Leonard Howell, Pinnacle and them land deh
Subdivision, them deal it underhand deh
So learn it ’cause them come back with dem plan deh
So tell me how far do you wanna go now, hey
‘Cause them will ratta-tatta-tatta when u pow-pow-pow

Protoje’s ‘Kingston Be Wise’ Featured On Grand Theft Auto V game



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