JMT - Vybz Kartel's Album Out


By: Jigga Matic

AlbumVybzKartel.jpgDeejay Vybz Kartel recently returned from a six-show run in two weekends in the Tristate area, as well as shows in the state of Texas, Atlanta, Georgia and Orlando, Florida. The deejay's sophomore album, JMT, has been released by Greensleeves Records.

The lead single for the album is "Emergency" and it was released before the album, while "Hello Moto" is released with the album on 12 inch vinyl. The album is classic Vybz Kartel with songs like "Stammer", �High Altitude� with Bounty Killer, and the original 'Gun Session - Buddabye'. Wayne Marshall features twice on the album on "Late Night in the Scheme" and "Need You Girl". It's a really good mix of songs," he told YardFlex.Com.

Dancehall fans may be disappointed to hear that the remixed version of the song with T-Pain's 'So Sprung' is not on the album. However, a number of the songs have some crossover appeal and he is looking to repeat the success of 2004's effort with a UK R&B singer, Zena on "Been Around the World" which resulted in his first major mainstream hit outside the local Jamaican dancehall arena. The single debuted at number 44 on the UK singles chart.

In the meantime on the local scene, Kartel recently shot a combination video with Bling Dawg featuring Dawg's bouncy "Oh Oh" and Kartel's caustic "Mr. Politician". He had high praises for young director Julia Braham.

"She brings a youthfulness to the game as a director. And it's good to have a female point of view on the set, she is a like the little Nordia Rose, an up and coming talent to watch out for," he told YardFlex.

In the meantime, Kartel will be doing a rash of upcoming gigs, two in April in the US Virgin Islands, a show in Orlando, Florida, a college in Rochester, New York, Kartel's annual 'King of Queens' dance, as well as local shows in Brown's Town, St. Ann, the Aquasol Beach Park in Montego Bay, and a show at the 'Common Sense' playfield in St. Andrew.