TOP 41 Vybz Kartel Tracks

Yesterday saw the sentencing of Vybz Kartel following his conviction for Murder, for those of you who have some how escape the news; he was sentenced to life with no chance of parole until served at least 35 years. As I said on facebook yesterday the sentence does fit the crime, so I won’t be one of those people that claims to be shocked by his sentence, it’s just shame its come to this, dancehall has lost a very talented individual as we will see below.

Here I will try to take you through my top 41 favorite Kartel songs (in no paticular order), expect some surprises, some hits from his earlier years and plenty of slackness.

So Mi A Say

One of many collabs between Vybz Kartel & Don Corleon we will see in this list, it’s tunes like this that highlight why kartel rose to fame so quickly, lyrics & delivery mixed with a great beat…..”Most Girls love Mi So…..”

Last Man Standing

This tune dropped within 24 hrs of his sting clash with Mavado and was like a final nail in the coffin for Mavado in terms of this clash. Kartel did little more than sum up the clash in this tune but some of the comparisons Kartel uses really hit hard!

Tattoo

Taken from his first album Up to Di Time, this cut on the Marmalade riddim was a banger! There’s a saying that a beat is only half a song and this is a great example

Badda Dan Dem

Kartel killed the Casablanca riddim with this boastful track. At the time kartel offered something so different to what dancehall had been offering and anyone who can remember the original Life Of Grime Mix CD (In the days of the physical CD) will remember this track kicked off the whole series!

Hello Motto

In days before smartphones, Kartel released this lyrical bomb! Cheekily using the “Hello Motto” tagline Motorola (remember them) had used in an advert around the same. Kartel’s use of melody to emulate phone sounds and the line “Can You Hear Me Now” were brillaint!

White Trash Party Remix

Vybz Goes toe to toe with one of Hip Hop’s finest Eminem on his remix and easily delivers, it’s tunes like this that make me wonder why no one within Hip Hop reach out properly.

Frontin’ Def Jamaica Remix

Part of the Def Jamaica Album, Kartel, teams up with Wayne Marshall and of course Jay Z & Pharrell to produce one of my favorite dancehall remixes. Not Much more to say really except BIG TUNE!!!

School

Kartel in full Teacha mode, although many blamed Kartel for everything under the sun. This is Vybz talking directly to youths and talking a lot of common sense – that teamed with a classic riddim equals this great track.

Free

Produced by Vertex, this combo with Jah Cure shows Kartel’s other side. At the time this was rumored to be part of a album project that would of see the Worl’ Boss take on his Addi Di Teacher alter ego for an entire album, Kartel’s Social commentary is often overlooked but this highlights how good he was at it

Thank You Jah Jah

If you read the Vybz Kartel book, he explains this track in detail in the first chapter, taken from the Gangster City Riddim, his lyrics sit nicely over Not Nice’s simple chord progression. Even after 3 years this track is still huge!

Move Your Body Remix

Just what this tune needed, from the minute Jabba shouts remix the madness begins! “Ladies ride ride it….”

Street Vybz

Brilliant Marketing hear from Kartel, advertising his rum through a big tune. Imagine how much it would cost to get an advert out to the amount of people this tune has reached, plus its a big tune!

Touch A Button Nuh

From the intro drops, you no what time it is! The damage this tune used to do in a dance!

British Love

Love this tune, partly because I can do a great british accent just like kartel 😉 Also any tune that features the line “Come In the kitchen lets have a cup of tea” get’s my endorsement.

Summertime

The Soundtrack to many peoples summer and Kartel perfectly provides that summer vibe, also a big break for swedish producer Adde Instrumentals.

Business Remix

Business itself could be on this list but teaming it with DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s Turn It Down For What was a masterstroke by Willy Chin, similar vibe to Touch a Button Nuh and this tune is doing damage!

New Millenium

Kartel & Wayne Marshall combo often in the early years and this was their first real commercially successful tune (I remember seeing the video on MTV Base)

Picture This (Me & You)

Classic on the blackout riddim, using the popular Nursery Rhyme to provide this great slice of slackness

Breast Specialist

Kartel & The Doctor on one tune! What a combo, especially as at the time Vybz Kartel was Bounty Killer’s Protogje

Sweet To Di Belly

Kartel working with Don Corleon who produced much of his first album their relationship produced some big tracks and none bigger than this

Go A Jail

In Combo with Alozade on this piece from the Chrome Riddim, hopefully life really is a cushy for him in Jail as his going to be there a long while.

Sen On

“First Thing we do when we wake up” – Big Weed anthem! Need I Say more

I Neva

Often Exclaimed in dances by patrons! It’s one of those tunes that has people screaming the lyrics regardless of the content, I wonder if Kartel looks back on that tune as his recent content is very far removed

Your Love

Taken off the divisive Kingston Story Album produced by Dre Skull, this is a simple track that allowed Kartel to deliver some heart felt lyrics.

Go Go Wine

Another Dre Skull collab and big one at that! The Bass on this tune is immense and his lyrics encourage the ladies to buss that “Go Go” wine

The Lyricist

The title says it all, puts many MCs/Rappers too shame

The Lyricist part 2

Part 2 of the above track – Kartel effortlessly delivering lyrical fire!

ABC Sex

Addi di teacha on this one teach the ladies the ABC with a difference!

Buss It Up

Kartel alongside Kano on this grime inspired track, can you imagine Kartel on a Grime Set??

Pon Di Floor

Without this combo many people would not of been introduced to Kartel, although he only features briefly the combo with Major Lazer’s beat took dancehall to a new audience.

Ramping Shop

Took Neyo’s Miss Independent and made it his own to the point where people associate the riddim with him more that Neyo.

Virginity

Slackness pure and simple but even when talking slackness Kartel makes hits

Send Fi MI Army

There’s a lot of warish tunes I could of picked but this is my favorite – one of them tunes that make selectors gassed!

Straight Jeans & Fitted

Kartel always mixed fashion and dancehall well and this combo with Russian run dances across the world!

Gaza Commandments

This song fuelled the Gaza/Gully rivalry in the UK I remember being in a club in essex and got asked by a rather intoxicated raver if I was Gully or Gaza my answer “Let me tell you about Gaza…”

Get Your Own Lighter

Any song I can use to tell my bredrins not steal my lighter is a winner with me. Plus it features the line “Jesus Christ Fatty gone pon di sound box….Cross mi Fingers hope she don’t drop”

Worl Boss

More Freestyle than track at only 1min 18secs but still better than a lot of artists full tracks

Bicycle

This alongside his piece on Set Mi Free riddim and English town seemed to run “Urban” raves for years and considering the slackness this was huge hit!

Doller Sign

As Soon as “Hustle di Money” comes in the whole dance lights up! At a time when there was lots of big tunes centered around the ladies this was a man dem anthem! taken off the brilliant Good Life riddim this still gets a huge response now

Dancehall Hero

Kartel has always had a knack for summing up periods in dancehall and this tune sums up perfectly what was happening at the time

Clarks

From mentions in The Guardian to Clarks themselves Acknowledging that sales went up after this tune, this is truly a modern anthem. Although not being the first to sing about Clarks he brought desert boots back to the masses

Bonus!!

This freestyle was featured on the Up To Di Time CD and is bad!