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Vybz Kartel - British Love [UK accent]

Vybz Kartel returns to his famed British accent that brought him much attention in the mid-00's on Proper English. I'm feeling this. A LOT! The riddim is so sick. His whispering vocals are effective and quotables/wheel up points for dayyyyssss! Loads of references to Prince Wills and Kate Middleton, hip hop's Tim Westwood, dancehall DJ Robbo Ranx, Brixton, temperature ("I'm in the tropics, you in the freezer") and tea - obviously. And the accent is just jokes.

"Come let's have a drink at the pub, yeah? Then later on we can party at the club, yeah?"

Will be available on iTunes. I'll deffo post up that link

(sly plug check my interviews with Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Serani, Gyptian, Busy Signal etc here)

I love this riddim. Be interesting to find out who produced this after all the controversy surrounding the departure of in-house producer NotNice. I know he's working with Dre Skull on his album. If this is Dre Skull, he's the guy to produce quality crossover riddims. Kick drum could be harder and a female singing "I'll do anything for you" instead of the faded vocals.

This kick-kick-kick is to dancehall in 2008 and beyond what the kick-kick-clap was to the '90s. I actually love most riddims with that pattern. It started when Stephen McGregor did it on the Trippple Bounce. It isn't a totally original beat, but hey, hip hop producers were stealing dancehall beats from the 90s 'til now (Stargate for Rihanna especially). We live in times of universal music. Just enjoy it. I do

"I've got news for you, like CNN. You're not a virgin you've been with many men. I'm not a saint I've been with many women. Some say I'm a dog, some say I'm a gentleman. Some say me bleach out and white like Eminem" - are the stand out bars for me.

Proper English on Nookie riddim from 2006

Whilst on the subject of Kartel, this polished, crossover dancehall seem to be his new sound. Summer Time video shot recently, here's the audio

And although he says he won't be making anymore gun tunes or diss songs, this one to Assassin/Agent Sasco is evil

Assassin's return is evil too. Definitely two of the most advanced lyricists in the genre. Kartel seems to be avoiding the other (Aidonia)


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