I have always been a subscriber to the school of thought that says that credit must be given where credit is due.  I would however like to add to this maxim by saying, regardless of an individual’s lifestyle or life choices, if a particular status of commendation is due to said person, let it be given.  I say this to draw attention and magnify an issue that is at the core of most, if not all, sectors of society.  This issue centers on the fact that when an individual is talented and or the best at what he/she does but an aspect of his/her personal life mars his/her creditability, the latter is always given precedence and the former is shun.  This is evident in the world of sports, The Miami Heats is hated because Lebron James decided to take his talent there; leaving Cleveland behind.  When he eventually won his first championship people said he did not deserve it; such selfishness and narrow-mindedness.  People need to understand and accept the fact, instead of looking on with antipathy, that others make decisions that they deem in their best interest,.  He is good and one of the most talented players the game of basketball has ever seen; accept it!

I mention the Lebron situation to analogize an issue in the Jamaican entertainment industry, specifically dancehall music.  Vybz Kartel is basically the Lebron James of dancehall music because of a career decision, through his lyrical content, and his many lifestyle choices.  Like Lebron, since his rise to prominence, he has never failed to dazzle people with what he does best, his music.  However, because of his private life and, later, his public image, people have chosen to shun him and his music.  I may not agree with his personal decisions, but one thing is clear, over the last 10 years, he is one of the most talented artistes dancehall music has ever seen.  There are number of artistes I have been a loyal fan of, Assassin (Agent Sasco), Baby Cham, Bounty Killer, Spragga Benz, Aidonia, Chino, Busy Signal, among a few others, and these are solely dancehall artistes, there are many Reggae artistes I am a fan of.  However, I will not be a hypocrite and say they are all better than Vybz, I will simply call a spade by its rightful name and say Vybz Kartel is in a lyrical league of his own, which sits above the dancehall industry.  I have never been fazed by profanity and R-rated material because there is a realm in which such verbal elements and their semantics are considered language, regardless of what people think and how uncomfortable they make them.

You decide, view the lyrics presented for this entry and let me know your thoughts.

 

 

 

Lyrics – Freestyle

By Vybz Kartel

STYLE 1

Fi get yu wet  fi get yu sweat si Moet yah fi di drink up

By the time she done di wine she waah di wine

Seh di real vagina waah fi feal di real pianist ina di bed but

No run no risk mi haffi fix mi rubba glove above mi fist ina dis before mi cut di cake ina di French cut

She seh di man give har everything she own, gi har the home the cellular phone

But weh she really want him don’t got

Di mount a sweat him sweat fi gi yu weh yu get him all figet how intimate

but any duppy shuda know dat from yu nah feature yu catty right might as well yu prepare fi hear seh  she a……..fades to next song

STYLE 2

Hey, yeh yow, yow,

Mi waah park a escalade ina di shade and smoke a grade and drink a glass a lemonade

Yeh, too much Alozade wapm to lucozade and quench aid

Waapm to hot Guinness and high grade

Everybody seh Sharon mi try Jane

Every man waah bum and hand grenade fi people fraid from escapade

Waapm to get a job or learn a trade

Waapm to CXC eleven grade

Waapm to, go iina school and behave

STYLE 3

We play music but we don’t play

Smoking trees and we, claat AK

Sex nuff hot gyal but nah bite none

Thugs nah bow dung no

Mi ask him why him doing it, him couldn’t reply

So mi tek off piece a him face wid di ply

Mi no Georgie Porgie, no puddn, no pie

If a mi fi nyam woman, I couldn’t, not I

Man fi, stick to woman like Olive and Popeye

Elephant man, ma liva, ma bliva, no shy

When bwoy a plead and a beg and a buy

Our style, hello, fuck off, ba bye

Big man a big man, bwoy a bwoy

Bullet wid gun powder no lasco la soy

Send any which bwoy fi get destroy mmmhhmm

STYLE 4

Coke a no me gi mi di highest grade

Ina di morning when mi bathe gi mi di highest grade

Before mi go a mi bed gi mi di highest grade

Gi mi di highest grade, gi mi di highest grade

Don all a work fi di highest grade

Cool face inna di church wid di highest grade

Man a bury under dirt wid di highest grade

Wid di highest grade, wid di highest grade

STYLE 5

Up to di time, Don ask mi a what time

Up to di time, mi hear Don a talk but mi no matta him

Kaa mi have mi weed and mi a look seven dollar coin

One fi buy the rizzla, six fi buy di cigarette, wah kind,

Craven A, but no badda smoke it like di last time

Build up mi weed and blow it like when referee blow di whistle fi half time

Man deh pan di ends till 27 past 9, a ha, a ha

STYLE 6

Mi seh mi na tell no lieeeeeeeeee

Mi and mi thugs getting highhhhhhhhhhh

And if yu look up in di skyyyyyyyyy

Yu might si mi roll by, hi hi hi

Drink Alozade and Caniiiiiiiiiii

Hennessy, mek mi si, dryyyyyyyyyyy

Weed smoke mek mi cryyyyyyyyyy

When it go inna mi eyeeeeeeeeeee

Pan di ends white rum and supligen

Mi love the tight all Don him love di blem

Si Face come deh, go fi more rum fi dem

But if a coke head appear, Diggy, rise di gun fi dem

Bllrrrrrrrrrr, done a ends and gone again

Gone fi fat pussy Gwen and Dawn again

Inna di club high rolling is on again

Kool Face bun weed till him dead and reborn again

Mi seh mi na tell no lieeeeeeeeee

Mi and mi thugs getting highhhhhhhhhhh

And if yu look up in di skyyyyyyyyy

Yu might si mi roll by, hi hi hi

Drink Alozade and Caniiiiiiiiiii

Hennessy, mek mi si, dryyyyyyyyyyy

Weed smoke mek mi cryyyyyyyyyy

STYLE 7

Di gyal dem haffi get the cane, yow a so mi feel

Waterford nah go kiss no man fi real fi real

Fi Sherine and Sheryl mi got di sex appeal, she coulda big like Shaquille Oneal still

Di gyal dem haffi get the cane, yow a so mi feel

Carleone nah go kiss no man fi real fi real

Fi Sherine and Sheryl mi got di sex appeal, likkle and tight mi like fi real fi real

Mid eh pan di gyal dem case like Huks

Addi a slam harder dan di Milwaukee Bucks

Bowl virgin fi ducks, mi no miss when mi nucks

Cast dem inna mi net and den fish fi get gut

Mi know di routine fi run di gyal dem regime

Fuck dem inna mi bedroom not inna mi dream, yu zeen

A Vybz Kartel run di scheme, yu zeen

A bare hot gyal Dracula mi scream, yu zeen

Shi haffi get the cane, mi waah yu si weh mi mean

Mi no Benny Hill, how cudda mi go be Mr. Bean

Weh shi seh shi tuff, she no tuff a so she feel

Tuff like steel shi haffi get di wah

Shi ago get di cane, yow a so mi feel

Bad man nah go kiss no man fi real fi real

Fi Sherine and Sheryl mi got di sex appeal

STYLE 8

Sting tune

Mi a di, Portmore scheme, vibes machine

Any time mi dash iin, place haffi bash iin

Gyal haffi imagine, seh a mi shi have iin, man haffi imagine, seh mi a him breddren, zeen

Portmore scheme, vibes machine

Any time mi dash iin, place haffi bash iin

Gyal haffi imagine, seh a mi shi have iin, man haffi imagine, seh mi a him breddren, zeen

When mi drop iin, mi Lez and Nadine and Papine from Cottiin

Dem a push a Ford Explorer jeep mi drop iin

Dress up like soldier inna mi camouflage pullover, stink a ganja odor

Ready fi launch a stage maneuver

Di fus lyrics mi chat mi hear clappaz mix up wid gunshot

Man a bawl fi “run dat” woman a cry fi keep mi comfort

Mi buss di place and come off a di stage, mi neva haffi come, Nuffy seh fi come back

Mi buss di place and cut again, gyal a pop off mi shut again, all a promise fi gi mi di wuk again

Inna di news mi come again and is like a badda to some a dem

So if dem dis mi flatter dem  mi no matter dem, mi a di what again

Mi a di, Portmore scheme, vibes machine

Any time mi dash iin, place haffi bash iin

Gyal haffi imagine, seh a mi shi have iin, man haffi imagine

So ketch di news headline, Vybz Kartel murder 9 come back again and kill 10

Watch it pan dateline, deejay misn aafa, last seen getting carbine

Ketch di news headline, Vybz Kartel murder 9 come back again and kill 10

Watch TVJ, cause dem shudn diss dis DJ, copper shot a spin yu like……

No love how ma move chuu ma move and dem naah move

A wah dem waah prove, man a no pretty boy like Tom Cruise

Mi know weh arms deh and how arms use

Chuu mi love hype life, mash up bwoy life, tek bwoy wife, fuck bwoy wife, duck bwoy wife

Him waah mi life done to, wedda by knife or gun to, mi have my own to, mi naah run to

Pussyhole remember dat, yu si mi face, yu si mi glock, anything inna mi way mi trample dat

Cool Face rise a bigger gun Madden haffi come and go weh back

Who dem come fi defend done get gunshot

Ketch di news headline, Vybz Kartel murder 9 come back again and kill 10

Watch CNN, DJ run up inna mi ten ten (laughs)

Yow, yo, yo yow

I told dem, dem neva listen

Kartel a go get dem life missn

I told dem, dem neva listen, no no no no no

STYLE 9

Yow, Yow mi gyal

Gyal wine yu waistline

Cock up yu bumpa pan di bassline

Forehead no greasy, gyal yu face fine

Yu Rolex tell yu not to waste time

Shi lean iih, yu walk di straight line

Yu no beg beg pan road a day time

Secret no buss prime time pan dateline

Secret no buss prime time pas ……….

Yu no wear fraud yu original, latest come from abroad through federal

Express yuself yu a go hard they are a terial

Girl, inna material, world

Thank the Lord for your cereal

Stacy Adams when you maggling, Steve Maddening

1st class when yu traveling, dem paddling, she do peanut juggling yu Moet bubbling

Yu bread buttering yu Fendi leave dem stuttering, stutter

 Gyal wine yu waistline

Cock up yu bumpa pan di bassline

Forehead no greasy, gyal yu face fine

Yu Rolex tell yu not to waste time

Hey guess wah

From she born shi been suffering

If a no fi MTV shi no see no foreign

But yu go foereign, yu have yu ten year visa link

Yu Gucci link ice don’t a freezer link, tell a gyal she’s a chimp

Get suit wid di question, sign mek motorist crash inna pedestrian

Gucci chain caress di neck, Gucci watch caress di hand

And yu no wear gyal tings kaa yu no tiif and yu no lesbian

Gyal wine yu waistline

Cock up yu bumpa pan di bassline

Forehead no greasy, gyal yu face fine

Yu Rolex tell yu not to waste time

STYLE 10

Tell dem Sunday a fi Simone, Monday day mi tell Simone mi sick

Monday night a Kim deh pan di dick

Tuesday a fi Wendy, Wednesday mi tell Wendy mi a go weh

But mi and Lisa lock down, mi no go no weh

Lisa mi a go Sylum, deep inna mi heart mi know mi wasn’t

Mi a go Likkle Cova wid har cousin

How much gyal yu fuck from the year start, thirty dozen

And tonight mi and Kool Face a tek a rubble

Dem no have no girls like mine or girls my kind

Whether dung to di minute or up to di time

All di time, some time, rain a fall, sun shine

Some bwoy a Joe Give, but wi a Joe Grine

Uh ha, uh ha, uh ha, uh ha, uh ha uh ha, hmmmhhhm

Uh ha, uh ha, uh ha, uh ha, uh ha uh ha

Alright mi seh, him spend di money me spend di time

Him a Joe Give but a mi a di Joe Grine

A him a di liquor me gi har di wine

And a him pay di bill.

(Freestyle ends)

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