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I start the song, by repeating “hustle the money” “me a hustle the money” almost to make the message subliminal. Careful. Read again. Haters, critics, read again and listen carefully  – its hustle the money – not steal the money, not take a gun and rob the money, not start a ponzi and con the money just hustle the money. I stress the point repeatedly because there is a sector of society that believes when ghetto youths acquire ambition for financial success it means that we are going to begin to embark on some unscrupulous or illegal behaviour to rob people money. I often wonder why the elite of society don’t think us ghetto youths don’t want the same for our family as they do. NEWSFLASH, we waan go big school, drive nice car too, we would like ac in our house, we want our mother retire young and yes we want to be rich, there, I said it, Vybz Kartel want Ghetto people to be rich. Babylon, deal with it.

Society, likes to blame us poor people for Jamaica’s weak economy. Not true, not fair. The only thing I have heard creative where government is concerned is how to increase and make new taxes. That does not make sense, in fact, there is a term for it – we have a regressive tax system where the poor is forced to bear the biggest burden and the rich keep getting away. They recently tried to tax patty and pad hard. Rich man don’t eat patty for lunch and rich ladies shop in foreign. Our government so good at taxing, they found a way to tax Jamaicans overseas by putting over a 100% levy on calls coming in on a landline, even the US companies begged for us but our government said no, tax them. The Custom’s Department just celebrated 7.7 billion dollars in collections above the 98 billion they projected for 2010. Now, say what they want, we know most of that money come from people who work overseas and struggle to send little things for their families or our Informal Commercial Importers or “higglers’ who hustle little buying and selling. The tax man now open an informer line and stop people from travelling over taxes which is confusing because if you want a deejay to pay his tax bill, why prevent him from earning money to pay you Mr. Taxman? How does that make sense? How you punish a man for not paying his bills and then kill his livelihood at the same time? You sure you not trying to kill his livelihood and using the tax issue as a cover? Pon the Gaza, we don’t take anything Babylon do simple, them always preeing the Dollar Sign, so we say Ghetto people must pree it to.

I am not naïve, I know a country needs taxes to run but have we not gone too far when we want to tax patty and women “necessaries?” We know that without vision the people perish and trust me, poor people perishing really bad every day. We pree the real numbers pon the Gaza, our debt (poor people never borrow any of it) is over 125% of our GDP, put it another way, we owe at least a 1/4 more than what our economy produces. Congratulations Jamaicans, even though the bank never lend you any money, you owe more than $500,000 per person when you divide the total debt of Jamaica by its population. Hence, every man, woman and child even the baby on his mother’s breast, born half of a million dollar in the hole. By the way, in case you never know majority of that debt is what Society used to bail out their rich friends when their businesses failed and could not pay back the bank. When poor people can’t pay back the bank, bailiff come to take your things – so the thing set Jamaica.

Courtesy: Adidjahiem Records


Following a successful satellite performance on the big screens of the annual Best of the Best concert held in Miami, Florida  Vybz Kartel’s label, Adidjahiem Records, announces his forthcoming book, Voice of the Ghetto. 

In recent times, we have seen many musicians step to the forefront of the political stage for a chance at implementing social change.  Wyclef Jean put in a bid for the head office of Haiti’s government, only to be disqualified but dignified none the less.  Luther Campbell ran for mayor of Miami and held 3rd place, at one point, out of several nominees but didn’t make the cut.  In Voice of the Ghetto Vybz Kartel showcases an ambitious and creative mind is without limit, in form or medium of expression.

The following passages are excerpts from Chapter 1 of the book entitled Thank you Jah, hence, it begins like a prayer.  “I start this book as I start each day of my life, with a “Thank you Jah” for giving Adidja Palmer the inspiration to be Vybz Kartel; may the words on the pages of this book be well received, may it touch the heart of the oppressors of my people so that they may treat the poor with compassion.”

Outside of a musical narrative, Kartel bares his spirituality and introspective thought related to education, social awakening, self-respect and unity.  “It is with this hope that I have taken the time to write this book in between my musical career and my role as father, and son; I ask that this book is blessed.”

Despite his international acclaim as one of Jamaica’s most prolific dance hall artistes, Kartel sheds light on the fact that he still identifies with his humble beginnings from the grass-roots of his native environment.  “May it be a tool that Society will utilize to understand ghetto livity, so that you may change your impression of us and start treating ghetto people with respect – whether they are your helpers, gardeners, bar maids, drivers or any marginalized person in Jamaica.”

To know one’s self is to know one’s history as Kartel speaks of his “lovely place Xaymaca, its original name before the genocidal Christopher Columbus came to plunder and destroy an entire Amerindian people under the guise of Christianity.”  A light-hearted plea for social reform can be felt throughout Voice of the Ghetto“May it reach the desks of the prison officials so that they may implement more humane and positive procedures in our jails so that our people can be welcomed back into society after they have done their time.” 

Oft-times Jamaican men are cited as having an un-compromising, aggressive and violent disposition.  In Voice of the Ghetto, Kartel proves leadership by projecting a contrasting image, making a call out to Jamaica’s male demographic at large.  Furthermore, highlighting his concern for the quality of life of Jamaica’s most valuable asset, the youth.  “May it be a reference point for Jamaican males that have never taken the time to understand what our mothers, baby mothers, sisters and women in general go through.  Most of all, may it be a source of motivation for my people especially the young ones as they find their way through life.”

Kartel delivers an advance notice to impending naysayers.  “The hate from the haters is expected but guess what, Kartel sending you a blessing too because the Gaza nuh bad mind.  Come on, I know you going to read this book, that’s okay with me, the only way we can have a better Jamaica is if we spend the time learning from each other.”

Wow.  Never judge a book by the cover.

Courtesy: Adidjahiem Records

In The Zone

RASE TV continues to grow and develop its international appeal by broadening its multi-cultural approach with In the zone (en Espanola).  The new program will mirror all the elements of the english version with the addition of specially produced segments catered to the Spanish-speaking community.  Viewers will get the latest and greatest in latin music videos presented by the hottest Latino artists of the day.  Both versions of In the zone will be broadcast through several cable and satellite networks spanning the Caribbean and parts of the Continental U.S.  The programs will also be accessible on-line.

Kymani Marley

RASE TV merges with new media entity for co-production of In The Zone, its flagship television program catering to Caribbean music entertainment.  Founded in 2004, RASE TV has produced Caribbean content engaging Canadian society at large with a national reach in excess of 6 million across Canada.  The new partnership will enable further distribution of In The Zone to several markets overseas including the continental U.S.  Official launching of the new partnership will take place late 2011.

In the month-long series of featuring “analog tape only” media on Positive Vibes…

Tony Screw (center), Down Beat sound system

Listeners were taken back through time to Sandy Park located within the lower eastern parish of St. Andrews in Jamaica, West Indies.

Katarock and Downbeat the Ruler faced off with a non stop exchange of rare dub plates exclusives.  The event paired selectors from two different generations on common ground of love for the music and respect for the foundation of the genre.

Down Beat originally began in the 1950’s as Sir Coxone Dodd’s home base sound system to play new records he acquired while away on work in America.  As Dodd became more involved in the production of reggae music in Jamaica Downbeat sound system became his vehicle for promoting his catalog.  Thus, Tony Screw possess a lion share of Dodd’s Studio One label tunes.

Tony Screw and The Downbeat sound, presently based in New York, is renown internationally for his unparalleled dub mixes featuring cuts with original artists from as early as the 60’s.

Katarock speakers

Katarock, a sound system originating from the U.S. in the earlier part of the 2000’s, rose to prominence quickly with the seasoned selector Quincy Jones at the helm.  Quincy Jones, formerly of Road Star international, transferred to Katarock sound as the lead selector of the group.  Quincy, accompanied by Jugsy Killer, stood ground against the veteran Tony Screw with their own special brand of dub plate originals.  Quincy and Jugsy proved that age is irrelevant as love, respect and knowledge of the music is all one requires to go the distance in a vintage clash.

The event became more intense during the “one for one” section of the sound clash with each selector responding back to the other with more obscure artistes and rhythm tracks per round.  The

Quincy Jones

event was profanity free and proved to be a musical showdown between two major league disc jocks.

This week:

In the month-long series of featuring “analog tape only” media on Positive Vibes, Montreal’s, now defunct, Virgo (High Power) featuring Super Dave, Johnny Black, Barry G (Mello G) and Byron performing live on the set over B side instrumentals was the theme. Big ups to Montreal’s NDG and Walkley community crews. Super Dave displayed his lyrical versatility as Johnny Black & Barry G followed in similar fashion. This dance took place in Montreal September 17th, 1988.

In other news, Buju Banton’s new album “Before the Dawn” is available for pre-order on iTunes. Sixth in a series of full length albums from Buju Banton, “Before the Dawn” features 10 solid tracks for roots & culture lovers. Buju, from behind bars, collaborated with his home label, Gargamel Music, on the track selections, track arrangements, edits, mix downs and design of his latest release.

Next week…. Prymtym’s birthday bash live from Cote des Neige in Montreal and more of the original Roots Rock Reggae program from 1993.

Big up to J. E. Bunns, original party rocker from back in the day.

Month long special programming featuring exclusive “reel to reel” tape audio all inclusive of phased out volume levels, dolby quality drop out’s, long pauses, sound system selections and live performances.

This week:

PART 1: The internationally acclaimed JAH Man sound system featuring live performances by Pinchers, Twitch, Lt. Stitchie (pre-gospel).  Also featuring Inspector Willy at the controls.  This dance took place in Montreal September 5th, 1987.

PART 2: Josey Wales appearing live at Club Nubia in Montreal, Canada.  Featuring performances by a few Montreal artist of the time including Shiney Ranking, N. Cowboy and “Butty Reds” aka Skillman from the Montreal based artist conglomerate, Mus Bus Family.  This dance took place in Montreal September 14th 1986.

Special feature:  New music from Buju Banton, “Innocent”, courtesy of Gargamel Music.

Next week…. Montreal’s Virgo High Power featuring Super Dave, Johnny Black and more….