Vybz Kartel Photographic Prints

Vybz Kartel Photographic Print

We are now happy to offer photographic prints of the cover image to Vybz Kartel’s Mixpak album, Kingston Story. Taken by Ports Bishop, photos are available both framed and unframed, exclusive to the Mixpak store. Have Vybz Kartel in your living room every day.

We have also made available Kartel’s first book, ‘The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto’.

Head here to browse & buy.

Vybz Kartel T-Shirt Back In Stock

Vybz Kartel T-Shirt

Due to popular demand, we’ve reprinted our classic official Vybz Kartel T-Shirt. Buy yours exclusively from the Mixpak Store now.

My Crew – Soulforce Remixes

We’re always happy to hear how our sounds have been making it across the globe and Germany are some of our biggest supporters. Now German producers & remixers Soul Force have donned us their take on Kartel’s ‘My Crew’ from the Kingston Story album (did you see the video yet?). For the track they teamed up with production duo Symbiz to create a dancehall-meets-dubstep bassline, and added popular Leipzig MC Ronny Trettmann into the mix for the full German version.

The instrumental version is available to download via Symbiz’ soundcloud, and for the Ronny Trettman version, head here to get it for free from Soul Force.

Dre Skull Interview on SPIN

SPIN have just published this interview with Dre Skull, where he talks about life before Vybz, life with Snoop and a bunch more:

“For whatever reason, I’m most fascinated with pop music,” says Hershey, listing Miguel and 2 Chainz as artists who have inspired him. The Brooklynite’s fixation is present in the unity between his work’s supple structures and expectant melodies. And the subtle influence of hero Lee “Scratch” Perry, in particular, can be felt in the way his hits echo and resonate in their afterglow (Kartel’s “Half on a Baby,” for example). “In Kingston,” Hershey says, “dancehall DJs on the radio have a wide format and freedom in the music they play. On Zip FM, every genre is heard — disco mixed into house mixed into country mixed into dancehall.” His label’s releases mirror that philosophy: recent records traverse the deep waters of southern rap, underground club, house, and soca.

Read the full interview here.

Exclusive Download: Sweet To The Belly (Samrai Remix)

It’s ten years since Kartel released ‘Sweet To The Belly’, his cut on the crazy Egyptian Riddim produced by Blaxx. Now Manchester-based DJ/producer Samrai has given it the UK bashment relick. Here’s the exclusive 320 download, and show him love on his soundcloud below.

[Artwork by Justus Becker]

Noisey Jamaica: Vybz Kartel

Noisey’s brand new series documenting the current dancehall scene has now launched, starting with dancehall hero & Mixpak family member Vybz Kartel. Watch out for snippets from Kingston Story, an interview with Dre Skull, a cameo from Seanizzle and find out what the residents of Portmore are saying about their favourite deejay.