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Vybz Kartel should be proud of his protégées

disc-3231-jah-vinci-ghetto-bornThe dancehall genre is heavy on singles and one riddim compilations and single artist full-length albums are few and often far between. But this year two of dancehall’s up and coming superstars have dropped their debut sets.

Popcaan and Jah Vinci have both been members of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire. In June Popcaan dropped his electro-fused Where We Come From and a month later Jah Vinci dropped his dancehall-oriented Ghetto Born.

Jah Vinci has since he emerged on the scene in 2008 delivered several hits, for example Wipe Those Tears, Remedy, Gawn Home and Mama Love. All fuelled with his electric and intense vocal style.

Ghetto Born collects only fresh material and is mainly produced by Khabir Bonner of Grillaras Productions, probably best known for Lutan Fyah’s excellent Life of a King released last year. Also involved in the project are Tariq “Nashi” Smith and Xavier “Bless X” Prendergast from Kamau Music.

Jah Vinci focuses on the tough side of life – crime, violence and poverty. He tells stories about living in the ghetto and how to break barriers rising to success. And it’s his story – growing up with violence on the streets and how he managed to overcome hardships becoming a global dancehall artist.

The set includes 13 tracks, of which two are combinations with Junior Reid and Beenie Man respectively. Best of the bunch are however hip-hop excursions like We Taking Over – with a Barrington Levy sample floating in and out of the mix – and Rude Boys and Police. But also the melancholic and acoustic title track.

Popcaan and Jah Vinci chose different paths for their debut albums. Popcaan’s set might appeal more to U.S. and European hipsters looking for the next dancehall sound. Jah Vinci’s album, on the other hand, is more Jamaica and leans towards traditional contemporary dancehall with clear hip-hop influences. Two sets with different approaches. And their mentor Vybz Kartel should be proud of both his protégées.

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Jah Vinci drops debut album in July

disc-3231-jah-vinci-ghetto-bornReggae and dancehall singer and former Portmore Empire associate Jah Vinci drops his debut album Ghetto Born on July 22nd, a collaboration with Khabir Bonner of Grillaras Productions known for his recent album with Lutan Fyah, Life of a King, and the Beenie Man & Ce’Cile single Thug Love.

“Working with Grillaras Productions was almost instinctual, and we have worked on many projects before and they all went well, so naturally I thought to work with him again,” says Jah Vinci in a press release.

The 13-track album features collaborations with legends such as Beenie Man and Junior Reid and is based on reggae, dancehall and crossover sounds, with Jah Vinci taking on societal issues as well as crime, violence and poverty, matters often surrounding Jamaican inner-city life.

“I know this one is going to be a hit! I will continue to raise the bar in music by putting out only quality work. Not only that but these songs are going to be a favourite with my fans,” concludes Jah Vinci.

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