Ra' Sean Blyden (born 1978?, age 40?), also known as Professor Dan, Donester, Reh Dogg and D.J. Skeptikal, is a retired songwriter/videographer and conservative commentator/online activist from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
He was best known as a producer of homemade music videos, a series of diary-format videos entitled "Random Thoughts", and "Political Bomb Show", a series of one-man comedy pieces widely considered by social anthropologists and critics to be a subtle satire of conservative online media's emotional and psychological excesses, since rebooted as a semi-regular hate speech podcast on the Anchor app.
The most successful of his music videos is the promo for Why Must I Cry, clocking in over seven million views since its release in 2006. The video garnered wide attention online for Blyden's gratuitous nudity, unusual vocalisations and the specificity of the subjects addressed in the song's lyrics, provided entirely without context or metaphor.
Career[edit | edit source]
Beginning his career on the island of St. Thomas, as a rookie reggae vocalist supporting more established artists under the name 'Professor Dan', Blyden found little to no acclaim for his repetitive, one-dimensional dribblings, abandoning live performance shortly afterward, and upon arriving in the mainland U.S. in the late 1990s, found even less of an audience under the name 'Donester'. A sole single under the name, It's a Known Fact, exists on YouTube, and amusingly, features the most obvious attempt at drowning out terrible lyrics by a producer in modern history, by slapping a guitar over the entire song and putting the track in question up to 10.
Running out of ideas, in 1999, Blyden quickly appended the word 'Dogg' onto his first name, and went about indulging further his monumental self-obsession, experimenting with hip-hop and revisiting his roots as a dribbling, one-dimensional dancehall jock.
The overnight spread of the video for Why Must I Cry, depicting Blyden taking a shower and reminiscing over lost loves & family, was one of the earliest examples of viral culture, with Reh Dogg becoming something of an old meme in African-American internet lore in the years since.
He has since regularly released videos along similar lines - self-made and self-costumed, these promo clips garnered renown for their cut-and-paste nature, and limited range of scenery. These have expanded into animation (including a pilot for an animated series, made with iClone) and montage (with footage submitted by fans and freelancers on the Fiverr service).
In recent years, Blyden, in addition to revisiting his hip-hop formula on an annual basis with sporadic bursts of video activity, experimented with savant interpretations of dubstep/EDM and calypso, under the name 'D.J. Skeptikal', often also crediting himself as 'Reh Dogg' as a featured artist where his vocals were called for, double-crediting himself.
Blyden first began hinting at retirement from music in 2012. He set up a label and began collaborating with online applicants to his one-stop production shop throughout the mid-2010s. Hopping on the crowdfunding bandwagon, Blyden began a Patreon account in 2016, anticipating a supposed upturn in American economic fortunes after the "election" of Donald Trump as U.S. President. Despite recording a thank-you video for subscribers, Blyden received no subscribers.
In July of 2018, Blyden announced his second retirement from creating music after 27 years, citing his desire to focus on reading fake news headlines to himself as a creative outlet. He then immediately followed this announcement up with new music and a new video on his YouTube channel. By February of 2019, Blyden had unretired once more, to announce third comeback album 'Power in Jesus II'.
In October of 2019, Blyden formally reneged on his retirement with the release of several singles and a mixtape, followed by new EP Rescue Dog, which, true to form, was uploaded incorrectly to many of the streaming services, with instrumentals in place of vocal tracks.
Criticisms[edit | edit source]
Over the years, Blyden, via his work as Reh Dogg and D.J. Skeptikal, has shown the following tendencies:
- Animal murder and torture (lizards and small rodents, Think Like a Killer)
- Fascism (support of far-right sympathiser Donald Trump, support for Israeli occupation)
- Racism (aggression towards Latinos and light-skinned Black people, exotification of Asian women)
- Homophobia (constant references, especially in early work)
- Transphobia (Blyden's new obsession in recent years, in songs like Dugoo Dugoo Transgender)
- Misogyny (The Never Hillary Concert, an entire live stream dedicated to defaming Hillary Clinton)
- Sexual harassment (Gyaldem Wuk Up and others, toxic masculinity and entitlement)
- Religious discrimination (God the Creator, wherein non-Christian religions are referred to as "danger")
- Plagiarism (accusations by musicians on his Facebook page of stealing their work)
Commentary and Politics[edit | edit source]
Blyden is a registered Republican voter, referring to himself as a "conservative-minded" rapper, often equating a desire for society to regress and remain inequal, with strength, leadership and sturdy moral constitution.
Over the years, Blyden has fully succombed to the effects of exposure to conservative talk radio, and often discusses his listening schedule on his shows. Over the years extolling the benefits of charlatans like Glenn Beck, Michael Savage and Alex Jones, Blyden has routinely plagiarised their routines in his own video and social media commentary.
An ardent opponent of Barack Obama that somehow never did manage to explain in coherent terms his opposition to the first Black President, Blyden is a supporter of Donald Trump, and hinted to 'reaching out' to white-power group The Proud Boys.