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Tommy Lee Sparta & Vybz Kartel Reconnect In “Dark Ages”


Remember when Tommy Lee Sparta was the newest member of the Gaza Empire? Years later, the “Sparta Boss” has acquired quite a following. Despite the fame and notoriety, the law is still within arms reach of him. Currently incarcerated, he still manages to get his work out in the streets just like his mentor Vybz Kartel. Today, we hear them reunited on the track, “Dark Ages“.

Produced and released through Naviigator Entertainment, Tommy Lee Sparta and Vybz Kartel have no fear when it comes to tackling their enemies. When it’s a Gaza/Sparta link up, we know it’s no laughing matter. Over some dark production, the duo gets lyrically aggressive, but keep their weapons of mass destruction very close. Though both artists are going through incarceration, the fans are continuing to fuel their respective movements. From Portmore to Mobay, to all parts of the world.

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Vybz Kartel Brings Out The Family On “Dancehall Royalty EP”


As it has been said over the years, Prison caan hold Vybz Kartel’s music and influence. Fresh off celebrating his 45th birthday, Vybz gathers the family for the “Dancehall Royalty EP“!

Consisting of 5 tracks, the EP was released through Short Boss Muzik, which is owned by Vybz Kartel’s partner, Tanesha “Shorty” Johnson. The EP features new music from Vybz, but he boasts features with his sons Likkle Addi and Likkle Vybz, his cousin Sikka Rymes, and popular Dancer/Recording Artist Renee 6:30. It’s 2021, and Vybz Kartel has to make sure he’s a part of it. Who can be mad at new music from the “World Boss“?

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We Look Back At The Many Versions Of The “Mad Mad Riddim” In Our Throwback Playlist!


Happy Friday the 13th everyone! A lot of things are going on in the world, but music is one that stays constant. Today in our #13thStreetThrowback Playlist series, we look back at a Riddim that has many names and variations, the classic “Mad Mad Riddim“!

We first go back to the year 1967 with the release of Alton Ellis’Mad Mad Mad” which was produced by the late Sir “Coxsone” Dodd for Coxsone Records, and that one song’s production lead to plenty versions over the years. From the “Junjo” Lawes produced “Mad Mad Riddim” that gave us the classic “Diseases” by Michigan & Smiley and “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” by Yellowman in the 1980s, to the infamous “Golden Hen Riddim” that gave us classics from Josey Wales, to Bobby Konders and Massive B’sPlatinum Hen Riddim” in 2011, to tracks that have sampled a version of the Riddim, this Playlist has it covered from familiar songs to rare cuts.

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We Look Back At Some Summer 2020 Releases On The “Las’ Lick Playlist Vol. 2”


The Summer holidays are over, but in this Covid 19 world, everyone’s stuck inside. With Schools and jobs handling (most) things the online way, we’re seeing the “new norm” everyday. Nonetheless, creators create, and many of them released music in time for Summer 2020 in Jamaica. Today, we look back at a few tracks that were released in the 2nd Volume of the “Las’ Lick Playlist“!

Following up the 2018 Playlist, this 2020 edition features 32 tracks from Jamaican artists. Whether your taste is Dancehall, Reggae, Pop, or Hip Hop, you get dope offerings from emerging artists like Royal Blu, Leno Banton, Blvk H3ro, and Skillibeng, to established acts like ProtojeBeenie Man, Aidonia, Vybz Kartel, and Popcaan, to new acts like Marcilli, Prizal, Nyne 11, and GyalKapone. Check out songs that may have missed your radar, or ones that got you hype during the past few months. Don’t forget to share!

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.@BustaRhymes & Vybz Kartel Trade Bars On “The Don & The Boss”


We don’t think any Rapper loves “Yaad” more than Busta Rhymes, he was just one plane trip away from being born there. Throughout his 30+ year career, Busta Rhymes always found time to big up the home of his parents through switching up to patois in his lyrics, spreading the Jamaican culture in one way or the other, or even visiting and interacting some key folks there. One person he has managed to get a few collabs from is the “World BossVybz Kartel. Today, we check out their latest track together called, “The Don & The Boss“.

Produced by Schife Karbeen, this marks Busta and Kartel’s 3rd official recording together as they drop some big talk over some heavy production. While it’s not very lyrical, you know you’re still getting music from two legends in their respective genres. Now imagine a free Vybz Kartel and an energetic Busta Rhymes in the same studio. The renovation after some massive recordings would be super costly. With Busta Rhymes announcing once again that he will be dropping his “Extinction Level Exit 2” album soon, fans can look forward to that project upon its release. We feel there will be another Vybz Kartel feature on there.

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Vybz Kartel & @BujuBanton Kick Off Their Summer With New Albums!


With the Saharan Dust kicking up the heat all over the world, it’s nothing when it comes to the new releases from Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel that are gonna be scorchers this summer! Once again proving that Prison can’t hold him down, Vybz Kartel emerges with the highly anticipated album, “Of Dons & Divas“, followed by  Buju Banton with his also highly anticipated 11th studio album (12 if you count the rerelease album, “Quick”, and minus the compilations), “Upside Down 2020“.

Loaded with 18 tracks, “Of Dons & Divas” is Vybz Kartel’s 2nd album release this year following the hugely popular, “To: Tanesha“. With features from Lisa Hyper, Teejay, Tommy Lee Sparta, Skillibeng, Lisa Mercedez, Sikka Rhymes, and many more, fans of the “World Boss” can rejoice for new music that will hold them over till more singles drop. While Vybz Kartel maintains a presence through Instagram, only one can wonder how he manages to still release music from Prison after all these years away from physically being in the streets.

With his release from a nearly 10 year bid in 2018, Buju Banton got the fans going with new music. With “Upside Down 2020”, he looks to step back to the forefront of the music culture where he reigned supreme. With 20 tracks onboard, and features from Stefflon Don, John Legend, Pharrell, and Stephen Marley, Buju is in top form, and looks to reintroduce himself to the world in 2020 and beyond. The album packs a flavour for everyone’s tastes, and promises to be a repeater for a long time to come.

With folks calling these albums “Grammy worthy“, we’ll just have to wait and see what the nominations say come later this year. For now, check out the albums below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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