Vybz Kartel previews two new raunchy singles for the Christmas holiday.
The Gazanation boss teased the upcoming singles, “My Boo” and “Watch Over Us,” on his Instagram last night. The songs were produced by TJ Records and could arrive as early as this weekend, sources told us. “LIKE I SAID!!!…GAZAGURLZ LETS PARTY TOGETHER THIS CHRISTMAS.WANNA BE MY BOO? COMING SOON,” Kartel wrote. We’re told that the singles could arrive as early as tomorrow night.
“Think of these two tracks as a Christmas treat for the ladies from the Worl’Boss,” sources said. “TJ [Records] had these tracks in the vault for a little while and we think its the right time to release them. The single “My Boo” is a bit of a dancehall love song that will showcase Kartel’s versatility. You will find that The Teacha won’t come with the same style and flow with every song, it’s always something different.”
Since around August, Vybz Kartel has been dropping an average of two songs per week and is showing no signs of slowing down. This week he already released one song and could drop two more by tomorrow. Despite being behind bars since 2011, Kartel seems like he is the hardest working artist in dancehall currently.
Masicka debuts his new single “Stop Talk To Me” on the Tide Riddim, produced by Cr203 Records.
The Genahsyde deejays about marijuana over the dancehall beat. “Nah hear wa them a say because mi high / Take mi brain out of the ghetto first and put in it a the sky / Highest set of weed a smoke just look in a mi eye / jump off a the plain the brain food it affi buy,” Masicka rhymes.
Since aligning himself with Vybz Kartel’s former business partner, Corey Todd, Masicka has seen a surge in his career both locally and internationally. This year he scored a number of hits including a song with Vybz Kartel “InfraRed.” He also recorded singles with artists like Bounty Killer and Ishawna. Listen to Masicka new song “Stop Talk To Me” on the Tide Riddim below.
This is the second song that Kartel released this week after dropping a new joint dedicated to his mother on Monday. Recently, the Gazanation deejay has been quietly taking shots his former protege Popcaan who he previously ousted as being a disloyal member of the Gaza over his alignment with Drake. In one of his recent songs, Kartel accused the Unruly Boss of stealing some of his styles and now on this new Dunwell Productions-produced single, he calls him bad mind.
“Judas by time you say a who that / Back fly go Cuba, wat time now Muller / Time fi you stop watch man give thanks for what you have / Red eye will blind yo or make man wine yo / How yo fi badmind yo friend wa the bloodclat do them… / Cut them off like Gillette / How yo fi badmind yo friend unni fi move and go weh / Give them a spinners with six shots Russian Roulette / Bout yo rate me yo no rate me talk yo a talk / But mi naan hear nutten just blah blah blah,” Vybz Kartel deejay over a dancehall beat.
In the lyrics, Kartel is saying that Popcaan badmind (envy) him for the things he achieved and then always talk about how much he rates (respect) Vybz Kartel, but now him Kartel stop listening to all of that and sees him for what he really is, badmind and disloyal.
“Since I’ve been around Vybz Kartel like a lot of people use to hate Vybz Kartel but he stayed on top and I learn that from him,” Popcaan explains. “That is why if Vybz Kartel hate Popcaan today I will forever be on top because I learn that from him.”
Alkaline may have stopped skin bleaching and dancehall fans are giving him two thumbs up.
The Vendetta boss posted a video on Instagram last night promoting an upcoming show in New Jersey. Some of his fans quickly noticed that he looked a lot darker than he did recently. “Alka a turn back black them dead ya now general,” one fan wrote, while another added, “Can’t even break down Alkaline progression. You can say “black alkaline, tattoo alkaline, bleach alkaline” it all happened in the same week.”
Alkaline started bleaching around 2014 when his career just started to blow up. Since then we’ve learned that his tattoo eyeball was fake and that he was wearing contacts as part of a scheme to fool his fans. We now learn that his skin bleaching was not permanent since the below video shows that he is getting back black. Here is a photo of Alkaline taken last month.
Vybz Kartel is another dancehall artist famous for skin bleaching but his procedure seems like a more permanent solution since he has maintained his lightness six years after being in prison. There are some recently speculations that his skin bleaching remedy may have poisoned his body and has resulted in his hospitalization a few times since his incarceration.
Vybz Kartel highly anticipated appeal trial has been pushed back to a new date.
The dancehall artist’s appeal trial was originally set for February 19, 2018, but the case has been pushed back to July 9th next year. Vybz Kartel team of lawyers led by Tom Tavares-Finson filed a motion asking the appeal court judges for more time to prepare for the case. The motion was approved and a new date has been agreed upon. This means that the Gazanation deejay will have to wait an additional five months to know his fate.
Three weeks has been set aside for the July appeal trial where the defense will make its case that the artist was not given a fair trial due to the numerous issues with the case such as evidence tampering and witness intimidation. The prosecution team will also make their case for the conviction to stay in place by citing the numerous evidence against the four co-accused, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John.
All four men are serving life imprisonment with Vybz Kartel getting the longest sentence before he gets a parole hearing. He will have to serve at least 35 years and by that time he will be 72 years old. His dancehall protege Shawn Storm and close friend Kahira Jones will have to serve 25 years before parole, while St John will have to serve 15 years minimum. The four men have been behind bars since 2011 and were convicted in 2014, which means they would have already served six years. All four men have maintained their innocence.
Despite his incarceration for half a decade, Vybz Kartel continues to dominate dancehall with his music. At one point he was under investigation by the correctional department for illegally recording music in prison. But he is still putting out a consistent supply of new music.
Popcaan drop the video for his new gangsta anthem “El Chapo” and he used the opportunity to send a clear message to his enemies.
The video clip features Popcaan living in a mansion at an undisclosed location (Kingston) just like a drug kingpin. He surrounds himself with lots of women and thugs that do his bidding. The gritty single was produced by NotNice while the video was directed by RD Studios. The also features the police commissioner issuing a statement to the media saying he will find Popcaan at all cost.
Popcaan drop the single in September and since then its become an anthem in dancehall and one of the deejay’s biggest hits this year. The Unruly Boss has had a great year in 2017 and further cementing his place as one of the greatest dancehall artists of this generation after only a decade in the game. He started out as a protege of Vybz Kartel before honing his own career and forming his own group Unruly.
Cardi B gave Vanessa Bling a big cosign last month when Offset drop a half a million dollar engagement ring on her finger.
Shortly after getting her ring, Cardi B posted a video showing off her 8-karat rock while listening to Vanessa Bling 2011 dancehall banger “Everything Fi Hold Him.” Bardi got a lot of shoutout from her Jamaican fan base for posting the clip and now she is getting some major props from Vanessa Bling herself.
“Cardi B always support my music even before she buss and get big in the music business,” Bling said. “I rate her and love how she’s a true hustler. She’s a real girl and I’m glad for her. I love how she never give up and always kept pushing for greatness.”
Cardi B is currently working on a collaboration with Vanessa Bling’s former mentor Vybz Kartel. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper was in Jamaica last week shooting a new music video with Rvssian and doing some recording for her upcoming album. Do you think Cardi B and Vanessa Bling should work on a collaboration?
Bling has been touring extensively Europe and Africa over the past couple of weeks and so far she said the journey has been great. She posted a pic of herself yesterday in Jerusalem praying. “Today is a happy day for me #Jerusalem this is where my Father was put to rest I only see this place on TV Christmas time. Now am here DEAR LORD I THANK YOU,” she wrote.
Vybz Kartel’s “Mhm Hm” was the leading song in dancehall at least until this week when it was overthrown by Alkaline’s hot new single “Suave.” The rivalry between Kartel and Alkaline is showing no signs of slowing down and this can only means more hit songs for their respective fans. This week, the Vendetta leader seems to have the upper hand with two new singles bubbling on the dancehall airwaves.
Since it’s released a week ago, Suave clocked 1.2 million views on YouTube and around 3.5 million streams on Apple Music and Spotify. Coupled that with airplay on radio and in parties helped pushed the song to the top spot in the dancehall space in a week. Vybz Kartel’s new single “Kremlin” produced by Rvssian is also doing very well with around 850,000 views on YouTube. That song was also released the same day that Alkaline dropped “Suave” and is currently the second most listened to dancehall song over the past week.
There is currently an intense debate among dancehall fans on social media about which of the two songs is better. You can share your thoughts in the comments below.
Offset shouldn’t be jealous because he gets to sleep next to her. It’s no secret that Cardi B is a huge dancehall fan and Vybz Kartel represents the pinnacle of the genre so it’s no surprise either that he is her favorite artist. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper was in Jamaica last week to shoot a music video for a song with Rvssian and reggaeton artist Ozuna. There are already rumors of a collaboration with Vybz Kartel in the works and that was likely orchestrated by Rvssian.
Cardi B posted a screenshot of a post Vybz Kartel made on Instagram last month giving her a big shoutout. “I can cry @vybzkartel is my favorite artist of all time Me and my friends teenagehood was all about dancing to @vybzkartel #FreeVybz,” she wrote. Bardi also regularly post videos of herself vibing Vybz Kartel songs.
Cardi B is the biggest success story in hip hop this year thanks to her breakout hit single “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).” The song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the second woman in history to top the chart with a solo record. The first female artist to achieve that success was Lauryn Hill in 1998. The former Love and Hip Hop New York star is currently working on her debut album.
Vybz Kartel continues to make his mark on dancehall six years after his incarceration. Over the last two months alone, he has released enough music to make two albums and almost all of his new singles have been hits in the dancehall space. Kartel is currently awaiting his appeal trial in February next year and he is also working on an upcoming project, due early next year.
The “Bodak Yellow” rapper was in Jamaica last week to shoot a music video for the famed producer but seems that was not all she did in reggae land. There were some rumors floating around claiming that she visited Vybz Kartel in prison, but sources told us that did not happen. Instead, she spends some time at GeeJam villa where there is a studio and record some new music.
Over the weekend, Cardi B wrote on Instagram that Vybz Kartel is her favorite artist of all time. “I can cry @vybzkartel is my favorite artist of all time Me and my friends teenagehood was all about dancing to @vybzkartel #FreeVybz,” she wrote. She didn’t mention the new collaborative single, but what artist don’t want to work with their idol.
Rvssian and Vybz Kartel are again working on new music. Last week the longtime collaborators released the new hit single “Kremlin” featured on the producer’s new project, Moscow Riddim. The incarcerated deejay has cranked up the dial in the past two months by releasing a flurry of new singles including “Mhm Hm,” “Don’t Come Back,” and “Kremlin.”
The firestorm started last weekend when Beenie Man told Winford Williams on OnStage that Spice is more like a self-appointed designated queen of dancehall and not one who has the support of the vast majority of dancehall artists. Spice shot back on her Instagram page saying that Beenie Man too is a self-appointed king of the dancehall, but the real king, in her opinion, is behind bars, Vybz Kartel.
Seems the Gazanation boss has been tuning in to whats been happening and decided to add his voice to the mix. Kartel posted a comment on Spice photo on IG this morning assuring her that she is the queen. “Queen of Dancehall you look good nuh bloodcl**t,” Kartel wrote. “Queen of Dancehall in her throne drinking sperone.” Spice posted a photo of herself actually drinking Sperone.
Our Gaza sources told us that Vybz Kartel supports Spice as the queen and himself as the king. “Addi the King and Spice the queen that’s how dancehall set right now and Vybz Kartel showing that he can rule from behind bars,” sources told us. “All the old people them fi retire and stop badmind the younger acts. Addi a the king, the greatest to ever set foot on a dancehall platform no one can dispute that. Lady Saw was the queen but she gave up the throne and baptize, we wish her the best, but the only female who can fill her shoe right now is Spice.”
Ninja Man is currently behind bars and could face the same fate as Vybz Kartel and dancehall fans are pointing fingers.
Ninja Man was taken into custody earlier this month for a decade old murder case that has been delayed over a dozen times. A judge has since ordered the trial be commence as soon as possible and the dancehall icon now has to wait on his fate behind bars. Some dancehall fans on social media are pointing fingers to Sting promoter Isaiah Laing as the mastermind behind Ninja Man being back behind bars.
“So as soon as around the time for Sting Ninja Man is suddenly in jail, seems a bit suspect to me,” one fan wrote while another fan added, “Ninja Man is going to get the same fate as Vybz Kartel cuz Laing naan play. Them say a Kartel and Ninja Man mashup Sting and now the two a them ago go prison. Free up Ninja and free up Worl’Boss #oppression.”
While performing the 2014 GT Taylor’s Christmas Extravaganza, Ninja Man took a few shots at Isaiah Laing on stage. “You Mr. Isaiah laing wid yo pop down show when yo a do your talent search fi find artist to come a war,” he said. “If GT never put that sign up here I would have send you far far up under your (oh god).” Vybz Kartel also had the same issue with the Sting promoter back in 2010 and by September 2011, just before the staging of Sting that year, he was arrested in Kingston and slapped with two murder charges.
A year ago, Ninja Man posted a video on social media warning his fans that he could get the same fate as Vybz Kartel because of his fallout with the Sting promoter. “Everybody that decided not to do Mr. Laing show or not to work with him, he has his own system where he will put you in prison or send you to jail,” Ninja Man said. “Same way with Vybz Kartel who stopped worked with him and they never stopped fighting him until he ended up in jail. Mr. Laing will do anything in his power to tear down an artist that don’t want to work with him. So people can look out for anything to happen with my case because they are planning a whole lot of things. My case should have finished a long time ago, but because they want to have it over my head.”
Mavado link up with Chimney Records’ Jordan for a new single “All Night.”
It’s an MVP affair for Chimney this holiday season with new songs from Mavado, Alkaline and Jahmiel. The Gullyside female fans will like this new track from the gad. “Me like fi see when yo bend down and yo as up in the air / She a give me one island ride and a laugh a change the gear / Gal ready when mi tell yo say fi ride all night / Lickle red ride woulda ride her bike,” the singjay sings.
Mavado has only released a handful of new singles this year but almost all of them have been hits. The Gullyside singjay have already cemented his place in dancehall as one of the greatest to have ever done it. Earlier this year he and Vybz Kartel reignited their legendary feud but that was short lived.
Kartel made the strong statement in his new song “Kremlin” produced by Rvssian. Both rival deejays released new music over the weekend and fans of both sides of the divide are weighing on which one is better. In the incarcerated deejay’s new single “Kremlin,” he took shots at Alkaline in a few lines. “Who borrow me style fi know say dem owe me pon the loan / We a mega star, so everything we do it haffi show,” Kartel deejay over the Moscow Riddim.
Alkaline has been criticized for the past few years for stealing Vybz Kartel’s style. The Vendetta deejay denied the allegations and his fans have been pushing back while also accusing the Gazanation boss of being envious of Alka’s rise in dancehall. “We all know that the blind boy thief Addi style and can’t come out with a new song unless he is copying someone style,” one fan wrote.
“As a non Vendetta or Gaza fan,” one fan wrote. “A non biased ear can’t help but to be honest that Alkaline stop following Kartel and find his own cadence and flow since his last album and a whole bunch of singles. I respect Vybz Kartel but fans use the days of him following Kartel to this day to ignorantly discredit his talent. On the other hand he had to do what he had to do because of you the same fans who make it hard for any artist to catch your attention and to show their talent without some copying or controversy.”
Vybz Kartel drops two music videos last weekend, “Don’t Come Back” and “Mhm Hm.” Alkaline released a new single “Suave” that quickly became the number one trending dancehall song on YouTube.
Vybz Kartel drop three music videos this weekend but perhaps the most anticipated of all of them is “Mhm Hm.”
The single went viral following its released last month and triggered a massive sales boast for oatmeal, peanuts and Suppligen in Jamaica, that’s the power of Vybz Kartel. The cut was directed by Dameon Gayle of Terminal 4 Media. Since round the end of the summer this year, Kartel released more than a dozen new singles, but this is a fan favorite. He also released another video for his single “Don’t Come Back.”
Vybz Kartel received some criticisms over the summer from some dancehall fans for not releasing enough new music. Now that he has responded to fans plea for more new material, they can’t get enough. “Mhm Hm” received close to 3.5 million views on YouTube in the first month of being released, clocking roughly 1 million views per week.
Vybz Kartel gets another mainstream feature this time on the soundtrack for AMC’s supernatural action serious Preacher.
Despite being incarcerated since 2011, Vybz Kartel has remained very much relevant in Jamaica’s dominant music form, dancehall. The Gazanation leader, aka Worl’Boss, has added significantly to his vast catalog during his time behind bars. This year he did a collaboration with Mangi Mahal, “Balle! Shava!” The track is featured on the soundtrack for AMC’s hit series Preacher.
For those of you who haven’t yet been watching, Preacher, it’s time to get on the bandwagon. The show is now in its second season and has reportedly been renewed for a third next year. The first season averaged around 3 million viewers per episode, so these are ears that Vybz Kartel will reach and these might be folks who have never heard his music before. The series was developed for AMC by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen and starring Dominic Cooper.
Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, will get a shot to vindicate himself and walk free come February of next year when his appeal trial kicks off in the Appeal Court in Kingston. The dancehall star is currently serving life for a 2014 murder conviction. He will be eligible for parole in 35 years. Throughout the two-month trial, the defense argued that police officers tampered with cellphone evidence presented in court and also intimidate one of the defense witnesses. As if that wasn’t enough, one member of the jury was arrested the same day the artist was convicted of murder.
That juror, Livingston Caine, is now on trial for conspiracy and attempted bribery charges and faces a few years in prison if convicted. Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, have all maintained their innocence despite the mountain of evidence presented in the case against them. The murder victim, Clive “Lizard” Williams, body was never found.
The list of nominees for the 2017 Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards for Best Reggae Act came out last week and all five nominees are local Jamaican artists. Popcaan, Alkaline, Aidonia, Chronixx, and Damian Marley are the five nominees this year. A lot of dancehall fans are again questioning why Vybz Kartel was snubbed despite having a massive year last year which continues into this year.
“The system trying to fight against the boss [Vybz Kartel] but they can’t stop him,” one fan wrote. “Kartel had a bigger year than Popcaan, Aidonia, and Alkaline and yet he was not nominated for a MOBO are you kidding me. This is utter nonsense and that’s why people can’t take these awards serious anymore.”
Fans echoed some similar sentiments last year when the deejay was not nominated. There is an underlining reason why Vybz Kartel may not get a MOBO nomination, at least as long as he is behind bars he may never get a nomination per the rules of the award show. Additionally, MOBO is based in the UK where most radio stations are barred from playing songs from convicted felons who are serving time behind bars like Vybz Kartel who is doing life for a murder case.
One fan criticized those fans who are angry at Kartel’s MOBO snub while drawing reference to his album sales numbers last year. “Don’t make music fool you prison is taking a hold on Vybz Kartel Now you cannot be in prison for murder and get the mobo award and apart from that he’s not doing any live performance 3249 in 15 weeks sales for the top dancehall artists of 2016 that’s a shame on dancehall and Vybz Kartel the great Shabba Ranks used to sell millions and Beenie Man gaza fans please don’t even brag about it on YouTube 3249 copies that’s a shame on Kartel?” Joel wrote.
Despite being incarcerated since 2011, he has remained in the top echelon of dancehall with a consistent supply of new music. Last year, he came under investigation under orders directly from the Ministry of National Security for allegations that he has been recording music in prison, something that would be illegal and could potentially send him into solitary confinement. Nevertheless, new music continues to pour out of Vybz Kartel coffers like hot bread and he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Vybz Kartel appeal case is progressing very well according to one of his attorneys Valerie Neita Robertson.
The trial is set to commence in the Jamaica Appeal Court in February of next year, but there are still some doubts among the dancehall artist’s fans about whether or not he will be vindicated. Currently, there are not a lot of faith in the Jamaican justice system, but Kartel’s attorneys have expressed confidence in winning the case come next year.
“The appeal is progressing pretty well, we have seen some delays, but don’t worry about that, that is on the management and administrative side, but other than that, things are progressing well,” Neita Roberston told Loop. “We have certain things to do within a prescribed time and it will be done.” The veteran lawyer added that the defense team is going into the trial well prepared and will be very detailed in their argument on why he was not given a fair trial.
Vybz Kartel, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were convicted in 2014 of the murder of their friend Clive “Lizard” Williams. All four men are currently serving life sentences for the gruesome murder where the victim’s body was never found. The murder trial sparked a lot of controversies and most fans of the artists are left with an impression that he was not given a fair trial. There were issues of police intimidating witnesses and tampering with evidence, as well as, a well-publicised issue of one juror attempting to bribe the forewoman to return a not guilty verdict. That juror, Livingston Caine, is currently on trial for corruption and conspiracy and could face up to three years in prison.
If he loses the appeal, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. He already served six years.
Shawn Storm released an animated video for his gritty Alkaline diss track “Full Clip Load.”
The clip starts out with Shawn Storm escaping from prison before going on a crime spree that ended with his rescuing Vybz Kartel from prison. In the song, Kartel protege diss all of the Gaza enemies starting with Alkaline and move down the line to Aidonia’s J.O.P., Busy Signal, Mavado, and Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor. “Everybody mi ago kill everybody / all tha one deh weh sound like Addi,” he deejay.
Shawn Storm has always been loyal to Vybz Kartel and was even convicted for the same murder that the Gaza boss is serving life for. Storm will be eligible for parole in 25 years. Both artists, as well as, the other two men convicted for the crime will have their first appeal court hearing in February next year. All four men have maintained their innocence.
Vybz Kartel debut his new hustle anthem “All Aboard” a catchy single produced by TJ Records.
Earlier this week, the imprisoned dancehall star announced that he will be debuting the new single on Irie FM on Friday and all day yesterday DJ Wayne was spinning the new track. “Am so intriguing get the vision and wake up me do it / Run the boat spring cleaning money move hit season / Honeymoon this even no money marriage a mi dirty habit and me clean,” Kartel deejay.
“All Aboard” is also available for streaming on Apple Music. Sources inside the Gaza told us that Kartel is already prepping to drop more new music come next week. “We have more new music coming its a total dancehall domination this season stay tune,” our source said. We’re also told that the videos for “Mhm Hm” and “Don’t Come Back” will arrive sometime in the next two weeks. Vybz Kartel posted a preview of the two videos on IG yesterday hyping up his fans.
While his songs dominates the airwaves, Vybz Kartel is gearing up for his appeal trial in February of next year. The “Fever” deejay is confident that he will be vindicated of murder when his case is concluded in the appeal court.
Kartel dropped the catchy single “Mhm Hm” last month and immediately he gripped dancehall with his infectious flow. The track shot to number one in Jamaica the first day of it’s released and quickly reached three million views on YouTube in three weeks with having an official video.
The single “Don’t Come Back” arrived two weeks after “Mhm Hm” and that track too was an instant hit. “Don’t Come Back” is a track about his baby mama Shorty although Vybz Kartel never confirmed the rumors. The video for “Mhm Hm” was directed by Terminal 4 Media and produced by Jones Ave Records, who also produced the track. The clip stays true to the theme of the song. “Get the oats, mhm / Get the Supligen, mhm hm / Get the nuts, mhm / Get the nutmeg, mhm hm / Blend it up, mhm / Turn it a your head, mhm hm,” Kartel deejay.
Vybz Kartel is currently dropping around a song per week and so far almost all of them have been hits.
Vybz Kartel is far from being done dropping new music. The aced dancehall star will be dropping a new song “All Aboard” this Friday.
Kartel has been dropping around two songs a week since around the end of August and he is showing no signs of slowing down. Our Gaza sources told us that a major project is on the way but in the meantime, fans can enjoy a regular supply of new singles. “We are working on a big project, some big, much bigger than any previous album Worl’Boss release,” sources said. “Look out for a new banger this Friday on premiere on Irie FM.”
The incarcerated deejay also announced the new single “All Aboard” on his Instagram page. The track was produced by TJ Records, who is also the producer behind his new project. The track will be premiered by DJ Wayne on Irie FM on Friday afternoon. “LISTEN NOW.. You either ON the boat with the ballers n b**ches… or you UNder the boat with the sharks n fishes! #Dj Wayne premier this Friday on #IRIEFM ALL ABOARD ALL ABOARD,” Vybz Kartel wrote.
Kartel currently has two of the hottest songs in dancehall, with “Mhm Hm” and “Don’t Come Back” racking up the views on YouTube. The song “Mhm Hm” has already amassed three million views in three weeks, clocking around a million a week.
Vybz Kartel has a song for every topic and his new single “Pregnant” tackles pregnancy.
The bedroom anthem was produced by CR203 productions and features Kartel rhyming over an instrumental dancehall beat. “Parents just dont understabd when yuh skin out yuh friends video for yuh man / Mi send back mi john pun two phone / Cause dah screwn deh too small and / Mi baddy too long yuh understand / Love how yuh girl it voraciously,” the Gaza boss deejay.
In another line, Vybz Kartel deejay about what he plans to do with his girl in the bedroom. “Right now dis yah backshot / Wicket like when stinga dem a war rat bat / Dung inna yuh lane yuh log pon mi laptop / Knock knock batty jaw guh yuh clap clap,” he deejays.
Since last month, Vybz Kartel has been dropping at least two songs per week following a brief period of dormancy. The incarcerated deejay was relatively quietly during the summer months, but then his fans started to complain about not getting any new music. All of that changed as soon as the summer was over.
Vybz Kartel single “Mhm Hm” is the hottest new single in dancehall currently and has already hit three million views in less than a month.
It’s been three weeks since Vybz Kartel drop the infectious new single and already it’s the most popular song in dancehall both in Jamaica and overseas. The track is currently clocking around a million views on YouTube per week and showing no signs of slowing down. Kartel’s team is currently shooting the visuals for the song which will arrive later this month.
“We are shooting that video now so you can expect it late October,” sources told Dancehallhiphop.com. “The video will be fun just like the single is fun and catchy. Right now ‘Mhm Hm’ is the most requested song in parties and on radios. You can say that this will be the biggest dancehall song of the year. No other have a song that gain so much traction so fast this year.”
Aidonia fans might not agree with that assessment since his single “Yeah Yeah” is also a monster hit this year and gain a lot of traction in dancehall very fast.
While Alkaline and Vybz Kartel fights over the dancehall “donship” title, Popcaan is choosing his side and natural he sided with the Gazanation don. The Unruly Boss took some shots at his dancehall rival over the weekend referring to him as a “wanna be don.” “So f***ing unruly Nuh Likkle wanna be don can’t fool me #outside,” Poppy wrote.
In case you were off the grid for a good minute, last week Alkaline and Vybz Kartel went buck heads while proclaiming themselves to be the don of dancehall. So Beenie Man already takes the king title and Bounty Killer takes the general title. Now it’s all about the “one don.” Kartel released a new single “Don’t Come Back” where he not only rip his baby mama but also proclaim himself as the don. “One don one don that’s me / Kartel, Worl’ Boss or Teach / Run street whether black or bleach,” he rhymes.
It didn’t take long after the song’s release for Alkaline to post on IG calling himself “1 Don.” Now it’s Popcaan’s turn to say something, and while he didn’t bestow the title onto himself, he basically said Vybz Kartel is the true don, not surprisingly.
Back in June, Shawn Storm stunned dancehall when he released a scathing diss track aimed at Popcaan. The was clearly recorded recently since it sampled Nicki Minaj new Remy Ma diss track “No Frauds.” Now the incarcerated Gaza deejay is turning his attention to Alkaline who happens to be also on Kartel’s radar.
A preview of the song popped up on social media this week and a few of the lines clearly are aimed at the Vendetta leader. “Everybody mi ago kill everybody / All dah one deh weh sound like addi mad? / Everything wa the boss do you want fi do,” Shawn Storm deejay. Gazanation sources are saying that a animated music video will accompany the song sometime this month. The song is tentatively titled “Full Clip Load.”
Shawn Storm has been slowly dropping new music on the scene and just last month he released a new collaborative track “Affi Prosper” with Konshens. Storm, whose real name is Shawn Campbell, is currently serving a life sentence for the same murder conviction as Vybz Kartel. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years.
Masicka is getting his “Energy” up before the new year because he is planning to conquer dancehall in 2018.
The Genahsyde deejay teams with J1 Production for his latest dancehall banger “Energy.” “Spliff a light the energy right / Gal a whine so the energy bright / Money nuff so the energy right / And we no new to this, we do it every night / Guns deh ya so the energy right,” Masicka deejay.
Masicka has been having a phenomenal year with a number of hit records this year. He also scored one of dancehall’s biggest single this year “InfraRed” a collaboration with Vybz Kartel. He also got some attention for a few diss records aimed at Aidonia, but that beef never materialized because the 4thGenna deejay decided not to engaged Masicka.
The former Gazanation deejay was stabbed to death last month at a studio in Springfield, St Thomas. Police officers are actively investigating the murder but have not yet made an arrest. Producer NotNice says Maxwell’s death is a big blow for him because he was someone he worked with closely in the past. “Me stress out because is somebody me used to work closely with from Gaza days, so fi hear this, and the way him dead, it messed up,” the beat maker said. “Gaza Maxwell didn’t deserve to die that way. He was a good youth.”
NotNice says that it was Vybz Kartel who lead him to work with Gaza Maxwell and the last song that they did together was “Miss You” which is a rest in piece song featured on the Eternal Riddim. After Kartel disbanded Portmore Empire in 2012, Gaza Maxwell then moved to St. Thomas to further pursue his music. “Mi nuh voice ‘fool fool’ artiste, and Kartel nah go recruit ‘fool fool’ artiste, either. And a really Kartel did bring him come as a part of the Empire,” NotNice added. “Kartel say him (Maxwell) did remind him a the Festival man, Eric Donaldson, and a so comes me get fi voice him.”
Vybz Kartel learned about Gaza Maxwell’s murder while in the hospital last month. Sources say the dancehall star is hurt by the news.
Alkaline and Vybz Kartel are the two top rivals in dancehall currently and lately they are both fighting over the “1 Don” moniker.
Over the past few years, Alkaline has called himself other monikers like Young Lawd and Torch, while Vybz Kartel called himself The Teacher and Worl’Boss. Now both deejays are referring to themselves as the 1 Don of dancehall. The term one done means that you are the top artist in the genre currently and fans of both sides will say that their artist is the leading act.
Vybz Kartel released a new single “Don’t Come Back” last week where he deejays about being the only one done in dancehall. “One don one don that’s me / Kartel, Worl’ Boss or Teach / Run street whether black or bleach / Or if me say be my first G / Me stop tell girls ’bout faithful / ‘Cause they will do what they want / But since we broke up, I’m so strong,” Kartel deejay. The last two lines are believed to be a shot at his baby mama.
Alkaline then posted a photo of himself in the studio on Instagram over the weekend which he captioned “1 Don.”
Since the start of the year, both Alkaline and Vybz Kartel have released diss tracks against each other but not on the level of the Gully/Gaza feud of the mid-2000s. Kartel’s camp has also been very vocal about Alkaline imitating some of the deejay’s style and using shock-value to gain more notoriety like skin bleaching, controversial lyrics, and the infamous eyeball tattoo which turns out to be fake.
Since breaking onto the scene in 2013, Alkaline has made a name for himself in dancehall with a vast catalog of hit songs. Although his musical catalog is nowhere near as large of Vybz Kartel’s, Alkaline name often arrives in conversation with other top dancehall acts like Vybz Kartel, Mavado, and Popcaan.