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Pesky police? Pshaw. Two week incarceration under the State of Emergency? No sweat. Stress from Corporate Jamaica? Kiss teeth. No US visa? Whatever.


The Gaza train just keeps rolling along.

The Summer of 2010 appears that it will just be another mile marker for the Gaza Express, the hit-making outfit led by Vybz Kartel a.k.a Addi the Teacha. Kartel, a couple of millions of dollars far removed from his heated angry self, still gets mad props as one of the most respected artistes in the Game because of his impeccably sharp lyrics that hook the listener from start to finish.

The Empire is taking dancehall music and style beyond the borders that once defined it. For several weeks, the Empire’s Clarks combination featuring Kartel himself, Gaza Slim and Popcaan has strongarmed the #1 spot, and sparked a mini-revival of sorts in the demand of the popular British shoe brand in Jamaica. Pleased with the success of the song, Vybz Kartel completed a Clarks trilogy with two more recordings, Clarks Again and Clarks Part Three.

Vybz Kartel is attempting to consolidate his influence on the dress code of Jamaican teens with his latest effort, Jeans and Fitted, partnering with producer Russian for an ice cream smooth uptown-meets-Portmore collabo that is blasted from the splayed out windows from most of the rides in the Kingston Metropolitan area.

Dancehall is famously fickle, but the Gaza has held pole position in the industry for the last 21 months, during which time Kartel has scored over 12 number one hits, but hey, who’s counting? Some people have found it hard to tolerate the deejay who likes to boast and gloat about his tremendous and endlessly perverse libido, and there are a few media practitioners who make the sign of the devil when he releases graphic pornographic photos on the Internet, but despite all the brouhaha, he just keeps chugging along.

He is like dancehall music’s Picasso, or better yet, Michael Jordan who was just better than everyone else. Kartel makes everyone around him that much better as evidenced by the rise in the fortunes of Shawn Storm, Popcaan and Gaza Slim, the Gaza’s franchise players. Now, he has released a new mixtape chock full of bass-heavy songs and club-ready, ringtone ready tracks. Check out the anti-gay anthems like No Man, the R & B influenced Neva Get a Gyal Weh Mi Love So Much, and Touch a Button Nuh which has a full-blooded kicker of a chorus. He also has a virtual armada of lewd songs which focus on Kartel’s favourite topic – sex.

The Gaza goes on and on and on. On and On.


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