If you don’t live in London, Brooklyn or Kingston chances are you’ve heard more about Vybz Kartel than you’ve actually heard his voice on record. Perhaps you’ve heard about the murder charges, the skin bleaching, the f**ckery, the unstoppable lyrical flow, the total domination of dancehall, the hair extensions, the sex tape, the tattoos, the Major Lazer hook, the branded rum, the club he co-owned, the acrimonious split with his business partner, the reality TV show, the Clarks, the jail sentence. Et cetera.
Today, however, LargeUp is offering all you reggae-curious types the rare opportunity to hear his actual music–specifically his collaborative album with Brooklyn-based electronic producer Dre Skull, Kingston Story. After an indie release on Mixpak last summer, Kingston Story has been picked up by Vice Records (yes, Kartel is now labelmates with Snoop Lion) for a deluxe vinyl and CD re-release on August 13th, including several brand new tracks. Hit the link below to stream all 16 tracks (old and new both) of Kingston Story Deluxe via LargeUp and make up your own mind. Y’all already know what I think, I got my co-sign in early.