Stream Vybz Kartel’s Album Kartel Forever: Trilogy

September 24, 2013

Update 10/04/2013: Following a September investigation, Vybz Kartel's communication devices were returned. He offers this statement, through a rep, about his life on lockdown, contact with old friends and the current state of dancehall:

My daily routine is wake up, shower and back in my cell. It's 23 hours lockdown. But I read and write for most of the day, and read or watch TV at night. I only deal with my business through my lawyer. If you're asking if the former Gaza artists are in contact with me: no.

The Jamaican justice system is actually an injustice system. Vybz Kartel can't get bail because he's a flight risk. Our injustice system is not built for ghetto youths or their representatives.

Dancehall is in jail. Although the fact remains that if I die tomorrow dancehall will continue, it's also a fact that the next artist to bring the energy, panache and "Vybz" to dancehall after Vybz Kartel isn't here yet. Look for yourself. Since I've been in jail, reggae has taken over.



Vybz Kartel has been incarcerated and awaiting trial (and possibly recording) in Jamaica for the last two years. Today, the label Tad's Records has released a new three-disc behemoth celebrating his music, Kartel Forever: Trilogy. A survey of the Kartel canon, the album also features three previously unheard singles—pro-education track "School" and less-PG "Business" and "Compass." A rep accepted questions for Kartel from FADER for this story; they went unanswered. Over the weekend, police raided Kartel's cell and confiscated his communication devices while investigating the recent murder of producer Patrick ‘Roach’ Samuels. For context on Kartel's career, read his FADER cover story and stream a career-spanning playlist. For more on how the dancehall scene has been shaped by Kartel's absence, read FADER profiles of Popcaan and Chronixx.

Stream: Vybz Kartel, Kartel Forever: Trilogy

Kartel Forever: Trilogy tracklist:

1. Intro
2. Georgina
3. Business
4. Convertible
5. Nymphomaniac
6. Married and Done (Ft. Gaza Slim) 7. So Much Gal
8. Punani A Mi Best Friend
9. Compass
10. Wine Fi Money
11. Mr. Bleach Chin
12. Drop Top
13. School
14. Lighter
15. Bubble Hard
16. Weed Smoker
17. Hold Me
18. Ever Bless
19. Freaky Gal Pt. 3
20. Right Wine
21. Freaky Gal Pt. 2
22. Benz Punani
23. No Bed

1. Exercise
2. Why Pree (World Boss) 3. Me A Pree
4. Love Yuh Enuh
5. Party Me Sey
6. Summer Time
7. Turn & Wine
8. Bike Back
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9. Stuck / Better Can Wuk
10. Dumpa Truck / That Sweet Yuh 11. You Me Need
12. Stronger We Get
13. Dancehall Hero
14. Look Pon We (Ft. Russian)
15. Cake Soap
16. Colouring Book / Tattoo Time Come
17. Straight Jeans & Fitted (Ft. Russian)
18. You and Him Deh (Ft. Sheba)
19. Dandy Shandy
20. So Much Woman (Ft. Gaza Slim)
21. Come Yah Nuh Me Gal
22. Stop Gwaan Like Yuh Tuff (Ft. Gaza Slim)

1. The Cure (Fi Bad Mind) (Ft. Russian) 2. Peanut Shell
3. Dead Already
4. Repatriation (Ft. Gaza Slim)
5. Back to Life
6. Ghetto Life
7. Thank You Jah
8. Jah Jah Watch Over Me
9. Slew Them Like David
10. Sweet Victory
11. Mother's Love
12. Children are Our Future (Ft. Gaza Slim) 13. Jah Love We
14. Real Friends
15. Touch a Button
16. Lyricist

Stream Vybz Kartel’s Album Kartel Forever: Trilogy