“It’s all about making that money while I’m in the limelight,” said Vybz Kartel in an interview last year—before he was jailed on two counts of murder. “At the end of the day, when I retire, I want to know that I retired with enough money to take care of my family. Because I was born poor and I can die poor. But as long as my family’s okay and my kids are good, I’m good. I don’t take nothing that is happening in the music business personal. It’s just business to me. If I can capitalize on it, that’s what I’m going to do and make that extra buck.” Even now that he’s behind bars, Kartel’s business keeps going and going like the Energizer Bunny. The Werlboss just released his long-awaited book, and soon a deluxe edition of his album Kingston Story—produced last year by Mixpak Records—will be out on VICE Records, boasting a few never-before-heard tracks like “Money,” On this brand-new Dre Skull remix, it sounds like Action Bronson hit the Volcano before he stepped up to the mic—maaad.
“They say it’s easier for a camel to enter through a needle than a rich man go to heaven / If ah so it go for real, and ah true them ah tell, me wan’ go ah hell.” Run that…[audio:https://www.boomshots.com/tunes/VybzKartelMoneyRemixfeatActionBronsonProdbyDreSkull.mp3]
When asked about saying “me wan’ go ah hell?” Kartel replied: “Christianity has been used to exploit and manipulate black people for years, especially in the West Indies. I think Christianity is really used to hold people down… So I should try to remain poor so I can go to this mystical place in the sky to drink milk and honey and walk on the streets of gold? That’s bullshit. If you believe in hell and heaven you have to believe in santa claus and the tooth fairy. I’ve traveled the world and Japan don’t know Christianity. So in the eyes of the Christian, all the Japanese who have died are going to hell? That’s bullshit. To me those things are part of mental slavery. I’d rather speak my mind.”
Song via: Complex Music