Dancehall junkies listen up. Here’s a real treat for you. Vybz Kartel’s Kartel Forever: Trilogy boasts 60 tracks over three discs, including previously unreleased singles and numerous hits from recent years.
The Wurl Boss remains incarcerated in Jamaica, but is still the undisputed don in the dancehall genre with a truckload of hits under his belt. Vybz Kartel is highly controversial and outspoken and has rendered attention on and off stage for his provocative ploys.
This massive collection is dancehall in its purest form; both lyrically and musically. Look up slackness on Wikipedia and there’s a shot of this dancehall icon. He’s lyrically inventive, even though the same topic – sex – is ever-present.
More than half of the 60 tracks are labelled as raw. And they certainly are crude, rude, explicit, racy and risqué. Lewd hip-hop artists have met their master. Vybz Kartel is superior to any rapper from the U.S. in terms of slackness and shockingly sexual content.
However, Vybz Kartel is also able to address social and economic injustices in Jamaica, and on School – the first official single from this compilation – he calls for youths to stay in school, do their homework and be good students.
The collection also includes some of the man’s biggest hits in recent years, including Summer Time, Straight Jeans & Fitted and Why Pree (World Boss). Oddly enough titles such as Clarks, Ramping Shop and Pon Di Floor are not included.
Vybz Kartel is definitely one for the history books. He has garnered himself regular global airplay and has touched base with the U.S. Billboard charts. He has a tremendously confident flow and certainly knows how to ride and rock any dancehall riddim, which has solidified him as a favourite among DJs and dancehall aficionados worldwide.
Vybz Kartel has been a prolific artist and has dropped an insane amount of singles over the past years and it’s great to have some of them collected in one place. This is a proper introduction to Vybz Kartel and a glimpse into the sounds of contemporary Jamaica.