A Few Words From The Worl’ Boss

Earlier this week Tads Records released a triple album entitled Kartel Forever: The Trilogy. The album includes 60 tracks, ranging from some of Kartel’s most popular hits—such as “Touch A Button,” “Benz Punany,” “Cake Soap,” “Ramping Shop” ft. Spice, and “Straight Jeans and Fitted”—to new and unreleased songs such as “School,” on which Kartel advises youths “don’t bleach your face,” and  “Business,” which has been mashing up dances across Jamaica—and also stirring up controversy about whether the artist has been recording music from his jail cell. (Kartel has been incarcerated for nearly two years, charged with two murders. He’s since been found not guilty on the first of these cases, and he expects to face trial for the second case this November.) “I want to thank all my supporters for your love and unfailing support throughout these trying times,” Kartel stated in a press release accompanying the new album. “Even though I am incarcerated, I am still up to the time. This album shows that I get stronger with each passing second. Tad’s plus Adidjaheim Records is a sick formula and the result is Kartel Forever: Trilogy. Worl’ Boss fullstop!” To help support his album roll-out Kartel agreed to answer a few questions relayed via reliable links close to the artist. But just when things seemed to be looking up for the dancehall “Worl’ Boss,” his cell was raided last week by police investigating the murder of producer Patrick “Roach” Samuels, Kartel’s former road manager. Two cellular phones, a  DVD player, and thumb drives were confiscated and any hopes for a dialogue with Kartel seemed to be dashed. But just this morning we received answers to some of the questions we submitted prior to the police raid. We are publishing them exactly as they came to us without editing.  Email Interview After The Jump…

Forwarded directly from iPhone:

> > 1. Why has the justice system taken so long to bring your case to trial? Can you calculate what you’ve lost in terms of money, creativity, and personal costs? Which one hurts the most?
> > THE INJUSTICE SYSTEM OF JAMAICA IS TRYING TO USE ME AS A SCAPE GOAT FOR CRIME…SO THEY’RE TRYING TO BUILD A CASE THAT DOESN’T EXIST.PLEASE BARE WITH THEM.WELL ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME CAN ATTEST TO THE FACT THAT I CELEBRATE FAMILY OVER ALL THINGS.MONEY NA GOING ANY WHERE.THAT’S THE MOST PAINFUL THING ABOUT THE KARTEL INQUISITION. NOT SEEING MY FAMILY ESPECIALLY MY KIDS.
> >
> > 2. On your single “School” you tell the school youths “pull up your pants and put it pon your waist and tuck in your shirt and don’t bleach your face.” Why did you advise against bleaching? Does that mean you will not be bleaching after you are released?
> > NO I WON’T STOP BLEACHING
> > ITS MY SKIN.BUT KIDS ARE KIDS YOU KNOW…ADULTS SMOKE DRINK HAVE SEX AND BLEACH.BUT NONE OF THOSE ACTIONS ARE FOR KIDS
> > SO THAT’S WHERE THE CONCEPT CAME FROM.
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> > 3. How do you like the new music you have been hearing since you were incarcerated? What will you bring to dancehall music when you are a free man?
> > WHAT WILL I BE BRINGING TO DANCEHALL? VYBZ KARTEL.MOST ARTISTES SINCE 2002 HAVE ALL BEEN BITING MY STYLE.LISTEN DANCEHALL FLOW AND VOCABULARY BEFORE KARTEL’S EMERGENCE AND LISTEN IT NOW,SINCE I CAME.I SET THE NEW MILLENNIUM BENCH MARK FOR DANCEHALL AND I HAVEN’T EVEN SCRATCHED THE SURFACE.WATCH AND ENJOY.
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> > 4. At Sumfest this year, while introducing Tommy Lee, MC Nuffy said he had a message from you saying “Kartel had five sons and four of them betrayed him.” Is that how you really see it? How have former Gaza artists betrayed you, and which ones are you still cool with? BETRAYED IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY IN ANY MONEY MAKING BUSINESS SO YES THEY DID.BEFORE I CAME TO JAIL I BOOKED FOR TOMMY AND PAPI.SINCE MY REMAND, THEY’VE BOTH BEEN SIGNED TO NEW BOOKING AGENTS.PEOPLE WHO WOULDN’T HAVE LOOKED AT THEM BEFORE I TURNED THEM INTO STARS BUT WHO ARE BENEFITING FROM MY HARD WORK. BUT YOU KNOW, ITS NOT EVEN AN ISSUE BECAUSE IM STILL VYBZ KARTEL. RICH AND (SOON) HAPPY.

Kartel Intros the Portmore Empire just after Sumfest 2011

Tommy Lee Intros the Sparta Clan just after Sumfest 2013

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