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Weird is the word of the day as Vybz Kartel releases the literal followup to Up 2 Di Time (he had both an updated version of his debut, More Up 2 Di Time, and an underground album, Timeless released in '04)with the massively awaited J.M.T. (Jamaican Mean Time). The first thing you'll undoubtedly notice is the strange thing going on with the cover. I don't know what to make of it, it looks like some futuristic. . . I don't know what it looks like, and I imagine just a few fans seeing it on the shelf (although odd, it is presented very very well) might pick it up on site alone. And no offense to the man, but he is one strange looking cat!
The music? That's another weird one. The music is. . . kind of the same sounding but should you be able to understand Kartel's lightspeed martian flows you'll find that he has matured a little. Before, it was literally all guns and all girls, nothing else, the first album only had one tune which didn't fit that mode (kinda, the humorous Robbery, which of course involved guns). JMT is loaded with tunes that could actually be construed as dancehall/roots tunes. What's missing is the nice Can't Move We from the massive Seasons riddim. Tunes like Dutty Landlord, Smuggler (kind of), and the hit Emergency all show Kartel as being able to hold a mic on something different (would have loved a new one-drop tune though).Read more ›
Kartel again displays wide variety of talent on the mic, with his interchangable flows (second maybe only Sizzla and Bounty Killer) complimented with the finest combination Words, verbs, Similies and Metaphors, lyrical word play you would be hard pushed to find any where.
Slow commanding verses to powerfully delievered vocals that will rock you like a speaker box in songs like 'Rough Sex' (featuring Delicious),To quick spitfire lyrics delievered on tracks such as 'Gun Session' and 'Bad Man Party 2', as if you where having your ear drums assualted by a barrage of Black talons from a Uzi 9mm. In addition to which there a some of the fattest the riddims availble in Dancehall like the head bouncing 'Car Man' on the Axel Foley Riddim.
This is definately a classic in terms of modern Dancehall, you will not be dissapointed. 5/5
Musically its a combo of the dancehall/ragga direction of the 2000 years(just look at the producers here) but also with a lot of subtle twists with nice guitar/piano and not so subtle 80's synth sound that reminds me of 80's New Wave like Depeche Mode/New Order. Vybz is probably not down with that style(lets be real-this is JamaicanMeanTime we're talkin about) but a lotta of the beats/synths gotta be influenced by that sound,directly or indirectly. Beverly Hills Cop fans will recognize the "Car Man" motif.
Theres 20 tracks here and I only skip past #10"Smuggler" cus I can't stand the song that it borrows from but aside from that this record got it all- smoke,drink,dance,workout tunes are all here. Blast from powerful speakers and it sounds mad full-bouncy and trippy. Some of the songs are pretty undancehall style like "Guns like These" and "Go Fi Dem"(slow/atmospheric laced wit Vybz sick voice and twisted tribal percussion)-I've never heard Bounty/Beenie/Shabba do music like this. Theres also great colaborations wit vocoder Barrington Levy on "Vybsy Vers Love" and one of the best smoke songs ever "Higher Altitude" wit BountyK, DonC,BabyG..Not to mention the iconic/hilarious "Gun Session" and "I Neva". If this floats also check out Aidonia and Assassin...
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This is an early Vybz album so he is still developing his sound. It's still a good album but I like his later stuff better.Published on May 24, 2013 by andrea puglese
This album is certainly interesting...filled with machine gun delivery, fierce lyrics, and hard beats, this album might not be for everyone, but if you like Vybz, I certainly... Read morePublished on May 10, 2008 by Smooth0707