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Posted by Spear Burning 
Vybz Kartel
January 10, 2020 11:20PM
I wanted to ask what you all think of Vybz Kartel. I saw he just released a new album today called "To Tanesha". Do any of you support him and like his music? Or is he shunned by most of you for serving a 35 year sentence for murdering Clive "Lizard" Williams? I was a bit surprised to Jesse Royal featured on one of the tracks from Vybz new album, it is a decent song.
Re: Vybz Kartel
January 11, 2020 02:55AM
i don't listen to autotune or hardcore dancehall music, but people really love this artist
i guess he's like the bounty killer of today
a hero for the garrison youths living in don controlled gang land







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/13/2020 08:38PM by Ras_Adam.
Re: Vybz Kartel
January 12, 2020 06:46AM
Vybz Kartel is a legend. A lot of folks here will say otherwise, but this man has dancehall on lock from a prison cell. Many on this forum will find reasons to discredit him, but his versatility is indisputable and range of melody/ lyrical content is huge. He has been making music for over 20 years and is still at the top of his game and produced over 60 singles in 2019 alone. Some people think dancehall is too shallow or just sexual but check the song Stand Strong- or the emotional depth of the new album you mentioned. I don't need to sell him but I don't think this board understands his significance, as much as I love Beenie and Yellow man, Kartel is the king of dancehall in this generation. Like him or not, his contribution should be respected.
Re: Vybz Kartel
January 13, 2020 02:38AM
Scalawah, while you're right that this forum isnt where you're going to find many Vybz Cartel fans, that doesnt mean the rest of your Cartel comments can't be contested to some degree.

Lets start with this one:

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..."but his versatility is indisputable and range of melody/ lyrical content is huge. He has been making music for over 20 years and is still at the top of his game and produced over 60 singles in 2019 alone. "

While I kind of like the tone of Kartel's unaltred voice, going by what ive heard by him, he doesnt seem versatile in the mildest defintion of the word. I also find that most of his songs have very little range or melody --- in fact, I find most of the riddims/vocals by him are rather similar, following the same pattern you often hear in 'dancehall' these days... I think musical terms like versatile or melodic should be saved for the likes of Chinna Smith or for singers like Ken Booth and/or Max Romeo.
And yes, Cartel does pack alot of lyrics in his songs but I havent heard anything too deep or varied from him...

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..."Some people think dancehall is too shallow or just sexual..."

I think some people think that because it's probably more true than false. Vybz has some of the most shallowest songs/videos as they go... a short visit to youtube is all that needs to be done there. While some dancehall may touch on heavier subjects, most is about touching up yuh gal or a Hennessy bottle [which sounds fun to me ;-) but endless songs on this 'topic' has a short shelf life imo.

..."but check the song Stand Strong"
I checked it and while its not a bad song, its far from being a unique, creative or classic chune. Havent we heard this same formula/riddim/lyrical flow enough by now ? I know i've had my share.

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..."He has been making music for over 20 years and is still at the top of his game and produced over 60 singles in 2019 alone..."

Scalawah, you must know already that dancehall artists, especially these days, are fairly known for releasing tons of tunes per year. But quantity is rather worthless if there isn't much quality to it. At some point, even Gregory Isaacs should have stopped recording so many songs per year. So the Vybz' 2019 numbers you mention only measure output, not quality.

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..."Like him or not, his contribution should be respected"

As someone that loves it when Jamaican artists make records specifically for Jamaicans/JA local issues, that's where I have the most respect for Kartel. Then again, like Ras Adam said, most of his songs are geared in a certain JA direction, a direction mind you, that is scoffed at by many Jamaicans, granted they be older Jamaicans.

We also cant forget that the kind of Dancehall made by Cartel and similar artists of today sounds almost as if it has no semblance or connection to dancehall from Jamaica that many people are accustomed to hearing. The rather stark and dark tracks we hear today sound more like a merging of an American produced sound than traditional 'Jamaican' dancehall.

So while I don't really care if, or disparage, younger Jamaicans for thinking that Cartel is a "legend', I sure don't have to feel bad because I don't feel his music or his vybe. Plus, doesn't he bleach - dat no good ;-/
Re: Vybz Kartel
January 13, 2020 03:06AM
In years past, I would turn the radio off when Ron Rankin got to the dancehall segment of his FM radio show,. Nowadays I can tolerate 1 hour a week of dancehall. I trust Rob Rankin will play something good and maybe I’ll hear something I like. Vybz Kartel got some tunes

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Re: Vybz Kartel
January 13, 2020 03:31AM
I like the point by point dispute. Is there a reason you call him Cartel with a C?
Re: Vybz Kartel
January 13, 2020 05:26AM
I think he is pretty versatile for a dancehall deejay and has a diverse catalogue of songs. Here's a small selection of songs to illustrate my thoughts and why I respect him as an artist. I do agree that dancehall today has evolved into a different sound and genre, and I'm not always sure how I feel about it (the trap influence may be a topic for another thread), but I am happy and love to see that the music continues to evolve. Thankfully there are artists that preserve the authentic roots and there are artists that push it forward, there are also artists that do both. That is what I mean by versatile.


















Re: Vybz Kartel
January 13, 2020 05:12PM
While I do like some of his material both past and present the thing I just can't get over is the Murder thing.... He killed someone..... I don't understand the "Free Kartel" that every reggae/dancehall dj has to shout at every dance I have been to in the past few years. On the jamrock cruise 3,000 people were forwarding Kartel. I can't do it.
Re: Vybz Kartel
January 13, 2020 08:48PM
Lets put this to bed.. you may or may not support Vybz Kartel the person.. you can think whatever you want about the human. He is one of the most talented Dancehall artist to ever perform. If there was a dancehall Hall of Fame he would be in it. You don't have to like Kartel or his music that is fine, that is everyone's choice. His place in Jamaican Music is secure and he will get respect for his music long after we are gone.

























Re: Vybz Kartel
January 14, 2020 05:50AM
this is a tough one. I love dancehall. I like a lot of new music comming out of JA. I understand its not purely reggae but im ok with that. I love Vybz Kartel. His music is fresh fun and makes you want to party. yeah its gangsta kinda dark at times...sexual??? sometimes but wtf this is ghetto music isnt it???? cmon guys .... i get it some of you will not like that he might have killed someone...how many people love rap artist across the globe.....killers gangstas....shottas but they still get love....cmon i think most of us understand where this music really comes from. i love all these new riddims comming out....and there are a lot of conscious dancehall artist (gappy being my #1)....some are complete bullshit but there are some hot tracks and if yall are cool with listening to reggae from a 60 yr stand point and thats it you are missing out one some good reggae comming out daily. i enjoy a lot of reggaeton these days too... and i never thought i would ever say that....if you asked me if i liked reggaeton at the first snwmf i would have said hell no.....ask me at the last snwmf i attended....i @#$%& love reggaeton. the riddims are so similar and these days they have been covering or using a lot of reggae influence....its truely is world music. its huge. these reggaeton dudes have billions of hits on dem youtube and spotify or whatever platform. Im just asking you all to truely realize reggae is still growing and evolving. Reggae is not that old. i tell people that all the time!!!lol.....i feel like we are still just getting started. i feel like the riddims and vybz will go on forever. i hope. anyways about vybz kartel. dude has some @#$%& bangerz. !!! his music to me is so good as are a lot of dancehall artist. just give it a shot. Same with rap. a lot of people shun the new stuff and i tell them the same thing...rap is not that old. its still growing, evolving,telling an ever changing story of a ghetto landscape. personally i enjoy street music i guess...always have. i just think people forget where we come from.
Re: Vybz Kartel
January 15, 2020 03:46AM
Yea Dr. Frankenstein was one of the most talented too (alleGORYcally)
but where the ethics of Truth, Beauty and Goodness in the murdah anti-music?
So fool yourself but ya can't fool dem who've seen the sequel in slow motion

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Isaiah 5

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. ... I have seen what is good called evil and what is evil
called good. Putting Light for Darkness and Sweet for Bitter ... they are wise in their own ego but
the ends are always darkness and sorrow
Re: Vybz Kartel
January 15, 2020 05:33AM
some scarface @#$%& right there. truth
Re: Vybz Kartel
January 15, 2020 07:16PM
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Peacemakeya
Yea Dr. Frankenstein was one of the most talented too (alleGORYcally)
but where the ethics of Truth, Beauty and Goodness in the murdah anti-music?
So fool yourself but ya can't fool dem who've seen the sequel in slow motion

Quote
Isaiah 5

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. ... I have seen what is good called evil and what is evil
called good. Putting Light for Darkness and Sweet for Bitter ... they are wise in their own ego but
the ends are always darkness and sorrow


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