TOPPA TOP 17: THE BEST DANCEHALL SINGLES OF 2017

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December 20, 2017

11. Vybz Kartel, โ€œHighest Levelโ€/โ€œKremlin


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Vybz Kartel and RVSSIAN are the most undeniable artist/producer combo of dancehallโ€™s modern era. Itโ€™s a lock that, when this pair link up, airhorns will sound and forwards will forward. RVSSIAN, who got his start a decade ago producing peak Kartel like โ€œGo Go Clubโ€ and โ€œStraight Jeans and Fitted,โ€ has made a lucrative move into Latin music recently, producing massive global hits for reggaeton king Farruko and the lord of Trap Latino, Bad Bunny. Back in the dancehall, the Jamaican producer issued a pair of tunes this year with his old cohort Kartel, and both were, predictably, straight ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ. ย โ€œHighest Level,โ€ a one-off that was arguably the yearโ€™s most slept-on Kartel banger, came first, followed by โ€œKremlin,โ€ the lead single on the Moscow riddim, a sinister, Scarface soundtrack-inspired instrumental from RVSSIAN that also featured badness from Tarrus Riley and Shawn Storm. Itโ€™s a toss-up which is better, so hereโ€™s two tunes for the price of one… โ€”ย Jesse Serwer