Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Vybz Kartel

Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Singles of 2013

Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by Damien “LoOkYah” Baddy

Busy Signal Bumaye Video Shoot

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Mixtape Mondays: DJ Wayne x Romain Virgo, DJ Roy x Vybz Kartel, Steelie Bashment x Dennis Brown

Words by Deejay Theory —

MM 48

This week is all about the artists here at Mixtape Mondays with three big selections from some of reggae and dancehall’s finest. The sweet delivery of Romain Virgo meets the boasy and uncensored Vybz Kartel while we wrap things up with a healthy cut of ageless Dennis Brown. I think it’s gonna be a good week.

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LargeUp Premiere: Vybz Kartel’s “Hi”

Words by LargeUp Crew—


One way or another, Vybz Kartel is going to make hits. The deposed Werl’ Boss has put out music as consistently during his incarceration as he did before it (maybe even more so), and his latest batch of material has included some of his best work since his peak in 2009 and ’10. Kartel had us looking forward to “School” recently with his throwback dancehall tune by that name, and now he’s got an anthem for everyone looking to get high and wave “hi” to their haters and supporters alike. The track, produced by go-to riddim maker RVSSIAN, is Kartel at his funniest (and cockiest), so pay attention to the lyrics. Stream here and check out RVSSIAN and the Head Concussion crew’s new site, HCR World, while you’re at it for more dancehall goodies.

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Fashion Fridays: Mixpak Records’ Vybz Kartel Tee

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Back in 2009, when Mixpak Records head Dre Skull had just stuck up a partnership with the Werl’ Boss, producing and releasing the dancehall star’s “Yuh Love” (a collaboration that led to their full-length Kingston Story project the following year), the label dropped this white tee featuring a purple-hued visage of the dancehall superstar. Four years later, a lot has changed in both Kartel and Mixpak’s worlds, but the shirt, which Mixpak has just made available again, still looks fly.

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Werl’ a Books: Vybz Kartel Goes Back to “School”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


This week means back to school for kids in many parts of the world, including Jamaica, and Vybz Kartel—yes, Vybz Kartel—has a message for them. The currently incarcerated dancehall star may not fit your notion of a role model but his influence on Jamaican youth can not be understated. Fortunately, he’s used his platform to drop an effectively simple back-to-school PSA that doubles as a really, really good dancehall song. The succinctly titled “School” finds Kartel chatting in a Shabba-like fashion, over a ’90s dancehall-style riddim quite similar to the one from Kartel’s Shabba tribute, “Gaza Ting A Ling.” Among the advice dispensed by the deposed Werl’ Boss:

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You Rate It: Wyclef Jean’s “Bagay Nef”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


“Bagay Nef,” an early leak off of Wyclef‘s upcoming The Carnival Returns mixtape, might be the most creative tune the Refugee Camp leader has given us in years. Delivered in kreyol, the track features an blend of uptempo kompa, trap/EDM beats and even some dancehall vibes, with vocal delivery that reminds us of one Vybz Kartel. Clef intermittenly namedrops “Dubstep,” so we guess that’s supposed to be in there too, though we don’t hear it.

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