Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Albums

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August 15, 2012

5. Vybz Kartel,ย Kingston Storyย (2011/12)


Everything about Kingston Story told you this was a step in a new direction for Kartel, beginning with the tasteful, vintage-looking art direction depicting a dapper Werl Boss in skinny tie and slacks. One of his last major statements before his arrest on murder charges just a few months later, the album was produced entirely by Brooklynโ€™s Dre Skull, who recorded the entirety of the record, with the exception of their initial collaboration and hit single, “Yuh Love,” expressly for the LP. Musically, the LP showed a much wider range than many knew Kartel was capable of, from protest songs to heartfelt love tunes, and even a haunting piano interlude. But what stood out most of all when Kingston Story dropped in digital form last year, and still does upon its re-issue this week, is how seamlessly the material all blends together into a hypnotic whole.