We’re pleased to announce that Popcaan’s ‘The System’, produced by Dre Skull, will be on rotation at MTV Jams from this weekend! Watch out for it!
Ok, so it’s not exactly a vintage video, this is a brand new documentary about Yo MTV Raps, the first and best show to bring hip hop to commercial television. Hear the creators, the participators, famous fans talk about the legendary show, amongst archive footage. Watching all the original shows is also highly recommended.
MTV Iggy’s Jesse Serwer caught up with Dre to ask him “how a quiet, shy, white guy with no connections ended up working with dancehall’s most notorious star?” Good question, right?
Vybz Kartel’s “Go Go Wine” video continues to make an impact. In the US, you can catch it in rotation on MTV Jams, VH1 Soul or demand it on Music Choice. In the UK, it’s been showing on MTV, Channel AKA, and on Virgin On Demand. Drop us a note on twitter or facebook and let us know if you’ve seen it on TV.
Large Up editor Jesse Serwer interviews Vybz Kartel for the MTV Iggy site, talking about his upcoming reality show, ‘Teacher’s Pet’, Clarks, strip clubs, his plans for another Dre Skull album, and find out what he’s reading right now.
Vybz also phoned into Tim Westwood’s show on BBC 1Xtra earlier this week. Always a pleasure to hear Westwood’s interview style: ‘your swagger’s intense baby’. It’s only available to listen back for a few day, don’t miss it.
Vybz Kartel & Kingston Story have been featured on the Billboard and MTV websites this week, with Eddie ‘Stats’ Houghton discussing production, controversy & bullsh**t in his review for MTV Iggy, describing Kingston Story as ‘dancehall to the core’, while Patricia Meschino from Billboard discusses Vybz’ empire and business plan post-Corey Todd.
We’re more than excited to announce a new Dre Skull produced Vybz Kartel album for release in spring 2011! Here’s a little video of the ‘dancehall hero’ himself telling you how good it’s going to be (with back-up from producer Not Nice and a sneak preview of one of the tracks in the background).
Vybz is very rarely interviewed, but Marvin Sparks at MTV UK has just put out this brilliant two parter (read part one here and part two here) where Kartel talks about writing lyrics, borrowing from Ne-Yo, collaborating with Mavado and, of course, some words on the Mixpak album:
MTV: Can we expect a follow-up album to ‘Pon Di Gaza 2.0’?
Vybz Kartel: Yeah, we’ve got a record that we’re working on for next year with Dre Skull from Mixpak records. He’s this white kid from New York that builds some sick beats. So next year me and him – Adidjaheim records/Mixpak records – it’s going to be for April. We haven’t even started the promotion for the album yet. It’s going to be like 14 exclusive tracks.
Yep, 14 exclusive tracks! More info coming soon!