Vybz Kartel Reggae album to be released in June

A new Reggae album from Vybz Kartel, 'Reggae Love Songs and Other Things,' will be released on June 3.by Jodee Brown

A Reggae album by incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartelwill be released in early June, according to reports Saturday, marking the first compilation by the deejay since being convicted of murder in March.

The 14-track album, Reggae Love Songs and Other Things, is produced by Short Boss Musik, the label founded by Kartel’s common-law wife, Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson. It will feature a number of songs released since Kartel’s conviction under his Addi Innocent moniker, including Crashing Head On, Can’t Call This a Love Song, Miami Vice Episode, Downtown Kingston, My Love My Love and Love Mummy, featuring PG13, a group comprised of Kartel’s sons, Little Vybz and Little Addi.

Reggae Love Songs and Other Things also showcases production from TJ Records, So Unique Records and Bigga DonDon. The album largely showcases songs speaking on social issues, love and other topics.

A release from Short Boss Musik says that despite Vybz Kartel’s situation, his music will forever live on, saying, “music cannot be imprisoned.”

Reggae Love Songs and Other Things will officially be released on June 3, via iTunes and will be distributed by 21st Hapilos andJohnny Wonder. However, music lovers can pre-order the album on iTunes right now.

Vybz Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams at a St. Andrew residence. He will not be eligible for parole for 35 years, however, he and his legal team have long signaled their intention to appeal the conviction.

A few Kartel albums have been released since his September 2011, including Kartel Forever: Trilogy and The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto – Incarcerated but not Silenced, a roots Reggae album based on his book with the same name

Earlier this month, a gospel song by Kartel, Ordinary Servant was released. That song was produced by TJ Records.

Vybz Kartel says his incarceration has led to the downfall of Dancehall

Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel says he is not impressed with the current state of Dancehall, saying his incarceration has hurt the genre drastically

Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel says he is not impressed with the current state of Dancehall, saying his incarceration has hurt the genre drastically

by Jodee Brown

Since his incarceration on murder charges a little over two years ago, embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has not refused any opportunity possible to speak out against the system which currently holds him inHorizon Remand Centre, nor his true feelings regarding his former friends and protégés.

However, unlike past press releases, poems and handwritten notes where he voiced his typically polarizing opinion, Kartel gave a rare interview to United Kingdom news publication, The Voice Online, published Tuesday in its mother publication, the JamaicaGleaner.

In the interview, the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss,’ gave an in-depth look into his daily prison routine and his thoughts on the ongoing case against him. He also assessed the ongoing state of Dancehall music, claiming that since his September 2011 arrest, the genre he helped build into a worldwide phenomenon has been in steady decline.

“Dancehall is in jail,” he told The Voice. “Although the fact remains that if I die tomorrow, dancehall will continue, it’s also a fact that the next artiste to bring the energy, panache, and ‘vybz’ to dancehall, isn’t here yet.”

He says he is unimpressed with todays’s crop of young deejays and says Reggae’s revival in recent times has been because music lovers are growing tired of hearing repetitive lyrics and styles throughout the genre.

“Look for yourself,” he said. “Since I’ve been in jail, reggae has taken over because it’s a refreshing alternative to dancehall for the young kids who realise the artistes of dancehall are just recycling Kartel lyrics and flow. It’s pathetic.”

Kartel says he remains strong as he awaits trial on his second murder charge in November. He says while it is not an ideal situation, he has found means to cope and adjust to life behind bars.

“I’m in the highest spirit, thank you. In here, everything is a repetition wake, bathe, lock down again. Eat, sleep, repeat. I feel like a robot,” he said. “But iin my cell, I have countless books to read and I also write, too. That’s how I pass my days, occasionally watching TV. I am always occupied, so that kinda keeps me focused.”

He also took another shot at the legal system in Jamaica, saying, “I have to thank my fans for being my fans and/or for supporting me, and let them know that this injustice system of Jamaica is the reason why I’ve been here so long without trial or bail.

“The police say I can’t get bail because I’m a flight risk. They say I’ll abscond. Wow! Where’s the Privy Council when you really need them?” he asked.

Despite being imprisoned, Kartel is promoting his new, 60-track album, Kartel Forever: Trilogy which features a combination of unreleased and classic material. He is also promoting the album version of his highly-regarded book, Voice of the Jamaica Ghetto: Incarcerated, But Not Silenced.

He hopes to be released from prison in time for Christmas, saying he intends to spend time with his family whenever he does get out.

“Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I put family over everything. Then after that, music!” he said.

Vybz Kartel to release triple album later this month

vybz kartel3by Jodee Brown

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel is set to release his ninth studio album later this month, despite remaining incarcerated on murder and conspiracy charges.

According to reports Tuesday, Kartel will unveil a new triple-disc, Kartel Forever: Trilogy on September 24, marking his second album release this year. The album features a whopping 60 tracks, including unreleased material and recent hit songs. His first single off the album, Schoolwhich was produced by his common-law wifeTanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson was released in late August.

In a press release, Kartel spoke of his new project. “I want to thank all my supporters for your love and unfailing support throughout these trying times. Even though I am incarcerated, I am still up to the time. This album shows that I get stronger with each passing second. Tad’s plus Adidjaheim Records is a sick formula and the result is Kartel Forever: Trilogy. Worl’ Boss full stop.”

Other songs included on Kartel Forever: Trilogyinclude Business and Compass while producers such as UIM Records, Elvis ‘So Unique’ Redwood and many others are featured on the record.

Tad Dawkins, owner of the album’s local distributor,Tad’s Record said of the project, “Producing and affiliating ourselves with projects that showcase exquisite craftsmanship is something that, as a company, we at Tad’s Record take great pride in doing. Therefore, working with the World Boss, Mr. Palmer himself again, after the exceptional successes of our first project together Pon Di Gaza 2.0, was a no-brainer. “Sublime” is the one word that sums up the album, Kartel Forever: Trilogy.”

In July, Kartel released an album version of his bookVoice of the Jamaican Ghetto: Incarcerated But Not Silenced on iTunes.

The explicit version of Kartel Forever: Trilogy will be available in stores while both explicit and clean version will be available on iTunes and other digital music outlets.