Toppa Top 12: Twelve Caribbean Albums We Loved in 2016

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December 21, 2016

10. Vybz Kartel, King of the Dancehall (Zojak Worldwide)


โ€œTrust me, this album is the #1 dancehall album of the year and in the last 10 or so years,โ€ Vybz Kartel told me when we spoke this summer, before the release of King of the Dancehall. I donโ€™t know if I can agree: Kartelโ€™s 2011 album Kingston Story might deserve that second title. Like that album, released through Dre Skullโ€™s Mixpak Records, King of the Dancehall is a collaboration with a single producer, Linton โ€œT.J.โ€ White of TJ Records, and achieves a similar cohesion. The 22-track LP contained โ€œWestern Unionโ€ and โ€œFever,โ€ the biggest hits in what was a big year for Kartel, and a gang of lesser-known and previously unreleased tracks, in both clean and dirty versions. If it doesnโ€™t quite match the highs of Kartelโ€™s best LP, itโ€™s still a proper runner-up within his ballooning catalog. โ€”ย Jesse Serwer