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9. Vybz Kartel, โ€œWestern Unionโ€

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Jamaica is no stranger to the lotto scam. According to The Wall Street Journal, Jamaican scammers took in $1 billion from U.S. citizens in the last four years. This year has seen some high-profile arrests involving US authorities. A chronicler of the Jamaican hustler lifestyle in all its forms, Vybz Kartel has been referencing this phenomenon for years, on songs such as ‘Reparation.โ€ It even drew attention from the Jamaican Security Minister. who was in an uproar of this so-called glorification of ghetto life. The artist Xklusive touched on the topic back in April with his track โ€œScamma Dem Deya.โ€ Kartel revisited the topic on one of his biggest songs of 2016, โ€œWestern Union,โ€ with an extended 10-minute visual to boot. The track, which begins with a cryptic reference to Georgetown, Guyana (a city where Kartel ran into trouble a few years back after a dispute with a promoter) sees the World Boss at the top of his lyrical game, weaving in and out of his nasal flow whilst painting a vivid picture of the life of a scammer. Essential listening. โ€” Jamie Rodigan

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