Category: ABC

Emily Rodgers – Blame

[Guitars intro]
I’m in [?]
Like you are gone
You remind me we’re alone
You don’t, you don’t come around
You don’t come around. And I, I don’t blame you
And I, I don’t blame you
And I, I don’t blame you
Cause I won’t catch you when you fall
I wanna know where you’ve been
You’ve faded so fast
When I loved you, I was alone
When I loved you, I was alone
I was alone. And I-I-I, I don’t blame you
And I-I-I, I don’t blame you
And I-I-I, I don’t blame you
Cause I won’t catch you when you fall

Slumberjack – The Reprise

Before I knew it’s over
Just put yourself on the line
Before you know it’s over
Just keep yourself on the high
Keep yourself on the high
Before you know the high
Keep yourself on the high
Before you know the high
[Beat drops]
Keep yourself on the high
Before you know the high
Keep yourself on the high
Before you know the high

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Status Quo – Mystery Song Lyrics

I see that look on your face
I see that look on your face
I see that look on your face. Now I’ve got your name and number
I like the look upon your face
And now you know that I wanna take you
Give me the time and you can name the place
Call me honey you can take my money
Maybe we can make a deal
I really mean
gotta get between it
Do you know the way I feel
oh
I’m feeling kinda
Like I’ve gotta find a way to make you understand
Oh I know you’re Iying
And your love I’m buying
oh I’m feeling like a man. 7he boys know what you’re giving
You give the boys such a lot of fun
And by the way that you make a living
You’ve got the boys all on the run
S.T.’s showing
you really got me going
Maybe you can give me a price
I wanna try it
yeh I wanna buy it
Tell me would you treat me nice
Oh my legs are shaking
oh my heart is breaking
I’m just feeling like a boy
now I just can’t slow down
Gotta get in go down
have my share of pride and joy. The boys know what you’re giving
You give the boys such a lot of fun
And by the way you make a living
You’ve got the boys all on the run
S.T.’s showing gotta get them going
You can even say the price
They’ll wanna try it
even wanna buy it
If you really treat them nice
But I’d rather take you show that I can make you
Good enough for just one man
oh I’m feeling kinda
Like I’ve gotta find a way to make you understand.

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Lionel Boy – Flower Girl

Not tryina change your world,
Just bring you into mine, babe
You could take your feelings off
Or you could take it all off
Leave it in the sunrays
Dive on in, sink or swim
Get lost in commotion
Shed the skin, get the blossom in
Baby, just how I want it
Flower girl, is it your season? I’ve run dry, mornings don’t do no good for me
Pedal up the block like love
Gone with the windless energy,
Let me give you all my heart
Thorns in my side like grace for me
Doves and over daisies
Stripes in the sky, so close to me
And the sun meets down on everyone
But you won’t be enough for me. Flower girl, won’t you open up for me? Flower girl, won’t you open up for me? Flower girl, won’t you open up for me? Flower girl, is it your season? Flower girl, is it your season?

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Maroon 5, Megan Thee Stallion – Beautiful mistakes

Like I don’t block you and you still try to reach me? How you figure out how to call from me from the TV
You runnin’ out of chances and this time I mean it,
Yeah
Bet you miss my love, all in your bed
Now ya stressin’ out, pulling your hair
Smelling your pillows and wishing I was there
Sliding down to shower wall looking sad
I know it’s hard to let go, I’m the best. Best you ever had and best you gonna get
If we break up I don’t wanna be friends,
You’re toxic
[Chorus:]
Beautiful mistakes
I make inside my head
She’s naked in my bed
And now we lie awake
Making beautiful mistakes
I wouldn’t take em back
I’m in love with the past
And now we lie awake
Making beautiful mistakes
Nah nah nah, in my head
Nah nah nah, in my bed
Nah nah nah, making beautiful mistakes
(x2)
Nah nah nah
Nah nah nah
Nah nah nah It’s beautiful,
It’s bittersweet,
You’re like a broken home to me
I take a shot of memories and black out like an empty street
I fill my days with the way you walk
And fill my nights with broken dreams
I make up lies inside my head
Like one day you’ll come back to me
Now I’m not holding on
Not holding on, not holding on
I’m just depressed that you’re gone
Not holding on, not holding on
[Chorus:]
Beautiful mistakes
I make inside my head
She’s naked in my bed
And now we lie awake
Making beautiful mistakes
I wouldn’t take em back
I’m in love with the past
And now we lie awake
Making beautiful mistakes
Nah nah nah, in my head
Nah nah nah, in my bed
Nah nah nah, making beautiful mistakes
It’s pitiful
I can’t believe how everyday gets worse for me
I take a break, I cut you off
To keep myself from looking soft
I fill my nights with the way you was
And still wake up with broken dreams
I make these lies inside my head,
Feel like they’re my reality
Now I’m not holding on
Not holding on, not holding on
I’m just depressed that you’re gone
Not holding on, not holding on
[Chorus:]
Beautiful mistakes
I make inside my head
She’s naked in my bed
And now we lie awake
Making beautiful mistakes
I wouldn’t take em back
I’m in love with the past
And now we lie awake
Making beautiful mistakes
Nah nah nah, in my head
Nah nah nah, in my bed
Nah nah nah, making beautiful mistakes
[Megan:]
You did me wrong ‘cause I let you
Usually I like my situations beneficial
Doing something different, got me looking stupid
The only way I’m coming back to you, is if you dream it
Lucid, Prove it
If you made a promise, then keep it
Why you wanna lie and then get mad, I don’t believe it
But really I was just doing fine without you
Looking fine, sippin’ wine, dancing on club couches
Baby, why you wanna lose me like you don’t need me?

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Maroon 5 & Megan Thee Stallion – Beautiful Mistakes Lyrics

I don’t believe it (Boy, bye)
But really, I was doin’ just fine without ya
Lookin’ fine, sippin’ wine, dancin’ on club couches (Ah)
Baby, why you wanna lose me like you don’t need me? Play this song
[Verse 1: Adam Levine]
It’s beautiful, it’s bittersweet
You’re like a broken home to me
I take a shot of memories
And black out like an empty street
I fill my days with the way you walk
And fill my nights with broken dreams
I make up lies inside my head
Like one day you’ll come back to me
[Pre-Chorus: Adam Levine]
Now I’m not holding on, not holding on
I’m just depressed that you’re gone
Not holding on, not holding on
[Chorus: Adam Levine]
Beautiful mistakes
I make inside my head, she’s naked in my bed
And now we lie awake, makin’ beautiful mistakes
I wouldn’t take ‘em back, I’m in love with the past
And now we lie awake, makin’ beautiful mistakes
[Post-Chorus: Adam Levine]
Nah-nah-nah, in my head
Nah-nah-nah, in my bed
Nah-nah-nah, eh
Makin’ beautiful mistakes
[Verse 2: Adam Levine]
It’s pitiful, I can’t believe
How every day gets worse for me
I take a break, I cut you off
To keep myself from lookin’ soft
I fill my nights with the way you was
And still wake up with broken dreams
I make these lies inside my head
Feel like they’re my reality
[Pre-Chorus: Adam Levine]
Now I’m not holding on, not holding on
I’m just depressed that you’re gone
Not holding on, not holding on
[Chorus: Adam Levine]
Beautiful mistakes
I make inside my head, she’s naked in my bed
And now we lie awake, makin’ beautiful mistakes
I wouldn’t take ’em back, I’m in love with the past
And now we lie awake, makin’ beautiful mistakes
[Verse 3: Megan Thee Stallion]
You did me wrong ’cause I let you (Let you)
Usually, I like my situations beneficial
Doin’ something different, got me lookin’ stupid (Damn)
The only way I’m comin’ back to you is if you’re dreaming, lucid (Hmm)
Prove it, if you made a promise then keep it (Keep it)
Why you wanna lie and then get mad? (Don’t need me)
Like I don’t block you and you still try to reach me (Still try to reach me)
How you figure out how to call me from the TV? (Huh?)
You’re runnin’ outta chances and this time I mean it (Ah)
[Bridge: Megan Thee Stallion]
Yeah, bet you miss my love, all in your bed (Bed)
Now you’re stressin’ out, pulling your hair (Hair)
Smelling your pillows and wishin’ I was there (I was there)
Slidin’ down the shower wall, lookin’ sad (Sad)
I know it’s hard to let go, I’m the best (I’m the best)
Best you ever had and best you gon’ get (Gon’ get)
And if we break up, I don’t wanna be friends (Be friends)
You’re toxic
[Chorus: Adam Levine]
Beautiful mistakes
I make inside my head, she’s naked in my bed
And now we lie awake, makin’ beautiful mistakes
I wouldn’t take ’em back, I’m in love with the past
And now we lie awake, makin’ beautiful mistakes
[Post-Chorus: Adam Levine]
Nah-nah-nah, in my head
Nah-nah-nah, in my bed
Nah-nah-nah, yeah, yeah (Oh)
Makin’ beautiful mistakes
Nah-nah-nah, in my head
Nah-nah-nah, in my bed
Nah-nah-nah, eh
Makin’ beautiful mistakes
[Outro: Adam Levine]
Nah-nah-nah
Nah-nah-nah (Ooh)
Nah-nah-nah

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James Arthur – Medicine. Lyrics

Play this song
[Verse 1]
You’re my bulletproof vest when it’s getting dangerous
Always made me feel blessed for my guardian angel
You are, you are, you are
You are, you are, you are
[Verse 2]
You put your body on mine when it’s sinking in
You’re the pain in my heart, it’s so heavenly
You are, you are, you are
The cure for all my scars
[Pre-Chorus]
I feel like you
Could save me now
When I’m suicidal
Don’t let me spiral
[Chorus]
You make my heart beat faster than adrenaline
You kiss away the pain of all the hell I’ve been
I know you make me better than I’ve ever been
‘Cause you’re my medicine, you’re my medicine
You make my heart beat faster than adrenaline
You take the pain whenever I’m in hell again
I know you make me better than I’ve ever been
‘Cause you’re my medicine, you’re my medicine
[Verse 3]
You always say that you moved to LA, yeah
I’ll buy you a plane and I’ll fly you away
You are my hell and nowhere escape
Everything wanna be [?] today
[Pre-Chorus]
I feel like you could save me now
I know I hurt you
I don’t deserve you, no no
[Chorus]
You make my heart beat faster than adrenaline
You kiss away the pain of all the hell I’ve been
You’re gonna make me better than I’ve ever been
‘Cause you’re my medicine, you’re my medicine
You make my heart beat faster than adrenaline
I’ll make you better than I’ve ever been
‘Cause you’re my medicine, you’re my medicine
[Bridge]
I love the way you look in that Balenciaga
One sip of you, I’m hooked, I wanna hit it harder
No drug can fill this scar, now I’m addicted you, oh
Yeah
[Chorus]
You make my heart beat faster than adrenaline
You kiss away the pain of all the hell I’ve been (You make my heart)
You’re gonna make me better than I’ve ever been
‘Cause you’re my medicine, you’re my medicine
You make my heart beat faster than adrenaline (You make my heart)
You take the pain whenever I’m in hell again (Yeah)
‘Cause you’re my medicine, you’re my medicine (Better)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
‘Cause you’re my medicine, yeah, yeah
‘Cause you’re my medicine, oh

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​girl in red – Serotonin Lyrics

Play this song
[Chorus]
I’m running low on serotonin
Chemical imbalance got me twisting things
Stabilize with medicine
There’s no depth to these feelings
Dig deep, can’t hide
From the corners of my mind
I’m terrified of what’s inside
[Verse 1]
I get intrusive thoughts like cutting my hands off
Like jumping in front of a bus
Like how do I make this stop
When it feels like my therapist hates me? Please don’t let me go crazy
Put me in a field with daisies
Might not work, but I’ll take a maybe
Oh, been breaking daily
But only me can save me
So I’m capitulating, crying like a fucking baby
[Non-Lyrical Vocals]
[Chorus]
I’m running low on serotonin
Chemical imbalance got me twisting things
Stabilize with medicine
There’s no depth to these feelings
Dig deep, can’t hide
From the corners of my mind
I’m terrified of what’s inside
[Verse 2]
I get intrusive thoughts
Like burning my hair off
Like hurting somebody I love
Like, does it ever really stop? When there’s control, I lose it
Incredibly impulsive
So scared I’m gonna end up doing something stupid
But I try to contain it
Oh, it gets so draining
It’s like my heart is failing
Every night, I’m contemplating
My inner voice is saying “tough”
So I try to brush it off
Yeah, I try to brush it off
[Chorus]
I’m running low on serotonin
Chemical imbalance got me twisting things
Stabilize with medicine
But there’s no depth to these feelings
Dig deep, can’t hide
From the corners of my mind
I’m terrified of what’s inside

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Sam Smith And Normani’s “Dancing With A Stranger” Earns 3 Billion Streams

The song is widely popular as it speaks to a post-break scenario that many of their fans seem to relate to. On YouTube, it has 624 million views since dropping in 2019. Sam Smith, who spoke about the motivation behind the song, said in a Billboard interview, “I had just gone through a breakup and the last thing I wanted to do was write a sad song… I was listening to a lot of really sexy music because it made me feel better, so I wanted the song to capture what I was doing: going to clubs and kissing people.”
.@samsmith and @Normani's "Dancing with a Stranger" has earned a reported 3 billion streams worldwide. — chart data (@chartdata) March 4, 2021

Normani, however, says her part of the song was unplanned as she was at the studio, and she was told he had a record to play her. Normani has previously called out certain members of the band, including Cabello, for racist comments. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
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Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The song, which is enjoyed by a variety of age groups, continues to be one of the number one played songs and is said to be a classic in the making. Normani has been solo since leaving the girl group Fifth Harmony which also included break-out artist Camilla Cabello. Sam Smith and Normani have achieved a new collaboration milestone with their song “Dancing with a Stranger” earning a reported 3 billion streams worldwide, according to Chart Data on Twitter. After listening to the song, she was invited to “jump on it,” and it was at that exact moment that her contribution to the song came to life! So far, the song has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide in addition to the high streaming numbers. After the song came out in January 2019, it quickly rose to No.1 on Billboard’s radio songs and Adult Top 40 charts in May after playing for 15 and 17 weeks on each chart, respectively.

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Freddie Gibbs – Stripes Lyrics

Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Got dmc, run dmc, run dmc, run dmc
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Yeah, stay on the cruise so… stick up to stick man
357 to the… bitch I hope you picked up a dinner plan
Got that out your… 250 grand
Don’t let hair… straight from new york in my nigger minivan
Scuze me mister officer I been thinking about popping you
So you better not search this car I’m so high I’m off… I promise you
I won’t go back to jail, seem like every time nigger try to make a sell
These bitches go back and tell
This shit here fresh off the scale, white bitch 10 bricks and a m3
When I’m done bring down let’s go, I’ma beat that shit like a mp
Say they murk me for 10 g,… shit don’t offend me
The hair strike… rap shit, I run d and I mc
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
I don’t even use the door, I just pull another round
Only… shit, look like a…
… about to give it a massage,
I whip them bitches 2 at time, yeah, I’ménage
Car full of bags looking I’ve been shopping
… across the street, I think the motherf*cker’s watching
Oh well, gotta it, this why I cook it
This the cooking channel get a nigger some to looking
We’ve been riding all day, that’s why my name is just tommy
Save for the night cause my neighbors might own me
Riding so dirty, made the birds take a bath
When it dried off, it was a bird in the hatch
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…
Run dmc, run dmc, if I’m riding low key I got that d on me
And nigger we don’t care cause nigger life ain’t fair
They got for 30 a piece, we sell them hoes by the…

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Mgmt – Plenty Of Girls In The Sea Lyrics

There’s plenty of girls in the sea
And plenty of seeds in a lemon
The trick is in trying to stay free
When it’s never that great to begin with
The surgeon performs precise little cuts
But he’s never perfect, he’s thinking too much
And it’s really no comfort to me
There’s plenty of girls in the sea
There’s plenty of girls in the sea
And plenty of those are not women
As soon as you get yourself free
Then somebody stops you from swimming
The lifeguard admits, his whistle in hand
That it isn’t the muscle, and it isn’t the tan
No it’s whatever you want it to be
There’s plenty of girls in the sea
Ah the passionate painter will say with a brush:
“It’s best to accept it and not make a fuss
Just cause the grass isn’t green”
Yeah, there’s plenty of girls in the sea
There’s plenty of girls in the sea
And plenty of clowns in the village
The trick is to try to be free
And tend to the void, don’t just fill it
The bartender concedes, from inside his vest
That none of the best ones were ever the best
So keep it short, simple and sweet
Cause there’s plenty of girls in the sea
Whenever you want there to be

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Cortes – Norocos

Le port cu mine, valiza e plina
Oglinda e sparta, pisica de-acasa e neagra
[?] sub o scar ace vrea sa ma-ntoarca din drum inc-o data
Raman fara vlaga
Lasa banda sa mearga, lasa timpul sa treaca
Trecutul sa-l stearga, mii de ziduri sa sparga
Incep toate sa mearga, ca la plan
Am cu mine cel mai de pret talisman
Sunt norocos ca te am
Ca te am, ca te am, ca te am, ca te am
Sunt norocos ca te am
Ca te am, ca te am, ca te am, ca te am
Chiar nu sunt prea supertitios
Cu tine ma simt chiar cel mai norocos,
Sunt norocos ca te am
Ca te am, ca te aaam
Yeah
Si parca astrele-mi zambesc mai des,
De cand esti tu pe aici
Cand mai sunt gata sa pic de la stress
Faci totul sa ma ridici,
La fel, tu pe mine poti sa contezi
C-o sa vin mereu cand ma strigi,
Mergem mereu prin univers, fara regrete si fara frici
Fara de pete, sau cicatrice
Noi ii dam tot inainte
Zeita, furtuna ne prinde din urma si iar ne aprinde
Chiar fara prea multe cuvinte
Ca doar energia ne-o simte
Si vrea sa m-alinte, ca la plan
Am cu mine cel mai de pret talisman
Sunt norocos ca te am
Ca te am, ca te am, ca te am, ca te am
Sunt norocos ca te am
Ca te am, ca te am, ca te am, ca te am
Chiar nu sunt prea supertitios
Cu tine ma simt chiar cel mai norocos,
Sunt norocos ca te am
Ca te am, ca te aaam
Sunt norocos ca te am. Ca te am, ca te am, ca te am. Yeah
Ma lupt zi de zi cu rutina
Norocul de mine tot nu se lipeste,
Oricare zi care vine
Devine un fel de vineri, 13
Daca imi spal azi masina,
Fii sigur ca maine-o sa ploua
La table nu dau 6-6, la 6 din 49
n-am vila, terasa, piscina
nu am prin conturi vreun million
Ma-ntreb oare cine-I de vina
C-am luat numai tone de ghinion? Sunt norocos ca te am.

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Nick Jonas – This is Heaven

Keep it all behind, we’re escaping
If you told me that my fate was on your fingertips
I wouldn’t believe it (Wouldn’t believe it)
I wouldn’t believe it (I wouldn’t believe it)
Every kiss with you, it’s like your prayer falls from my lips
Now I’m a believer (I’m a believer)
I’m a believer (Oh)
[Chorus]
This is Heaven
And I don’t know how this could get much better (Yeah)
Than you and me, here right now
This is Heaven
And every time I touch you, it gets better
I’m on my knees, I can’t stop now
This is Heaven (This is Heaven, yeah, this is Heaven)
This is Heaven (This is Heaven, oh, this is Heaven)
This is
Sunrise, another long night lost in your eyes
So don’t blink
You’re the center of my attention
I know, nothing is perfect, but this is close
So don’t go, keep it coming in my direction
If you told me that my fate was on your fingertips
Then, I wouldn’t believe it (Wouldn’t believe it)
I wouldn’t believe it (I wouldn’t believe it)
Every kiss with you, it’s like your prayer falls from my lips
Now I’m a believer (I’m a believer)
I’m a believer (Oh)
[Chorus]
This is Heaven
And I don’t know how this could get much better (Yeah)
Than you and me, here right now
This is Heaven
And every time I touch you, it gets better (Keeps getting better)
I’m on my knees, I can’t stop now
This is Heaven (This is Heaven, yeah, this is Heaven)
This is Heaven (This is Heaven, oh, this is Heaven)
I’m on my knees, I can’t stop now
This is
I’m a believer, oh-oh
[Chorus]
This is Heaven
And I don’t know how this could get much better (Yeah)
Than you and me, here right now
This is Heaven
And every time I touch you, it gets better
I’m on my knees, I can’t stop now
This is Heaven (This is Heaven, yeah, this is Heaven)
This is Heaven (This is Heaven, oh, this is Heaven)
I’m on my knees, I can’t stop now
This is Heaven (This is Heaven, this is Heaven)
This is Heaven (This is Heaven, this is Heaven)
This is Heaven At the gate, come inside, I know that it’s late
But I’m here, ’cause you’re body my motivation
Let’s skip the talk
What if we found a way to get lost without fear?

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Emily Rodgers – I will be gone

I will be, I will be gone. I will be gone. I will be gone. Everything [?] ever shown you
Would cut out, never say
Did you even try? When I will be gone. [Guitars intro]
You’re palping with your arms
I was passed out on the road
But you catched me again
But you catched me again
Did you even try? Cause I knew him when he was young
And I knew him when he was young
And I won’t forget him when I’m gone. I will be. Did you, did you even try? And I knew him when he was young,
I knew him when he was young
And I won’t forget him when I’m gone. I will be gone. I will be gone. Did you even try? When I will be gone.

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Vybz Kartel Dominating Dancehall A Decade After Incarceration – What’s His Secret?

Some people admit it and some don’t. Yes just like any other industry the people move on, and the music changes and evolves and you have new people who are more relevant in dancehall. He also received wide acclaim for his album “Roots and Culture: the Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, in 2013, and that same year released a number of hits that continue to be fan favorites today, including –”Georgina,” “Punani a mi best friend,” the shocking and controversial song celebrating oral sex “Freaky Gal” part 1,2,3; “Benz Punani,” “Why Pree,” “Summer Time,” “Bike Back,” “Cake soap”- which set off the trend among Jamaicans to bleach their skin, “Touch a Button,” are just a few notable songs among the 50-odd songs he released. Of course, at the time that Palmer was rising, clash culture in dancehall was the greatest way to launch an artiste’s career, and so his beef with Mavado led to one beef after another while their loyal fans drew battle lines as they identified as either Mavado’s Gully or Kartel’s Gaza. According to ZJ Chrome, the producer of Vybz Kartel’s No. Palmer came from a strict home where education was a priority, but at the height of that decade was the sweeping popularity of reggae music and the rise of dancehall music, and the lure was too strong for the young Palmer. While other artists might be lucky to get one or two of their songs played, there is no other artist who regularly and on-demand enjoys whole sessions of their catalogs played, whether it’s a whole session of girl tunes or wining tunes for his female fans or bad man tunes for his male Gaza fans. The years prior to his arrest saw a number of hits released as Kartel dominated the space, making it hard for other dancehall acts to get the level of attention he was enjoying. “I would say yes and I would say no. He has a loyal fan base that reacts and responds immediately. “Some [new artistes] look up to him but they will try not to do it intentionally. One thing has been missing, though, and that is the stage presence of the artiste, which is a very common factor in the dancehall space in Jamaica. # on Billboard Hot 100 in 2015 and the widely successful “King of the Dancehall” debuting at No. In the years as Vybz Kartel, the artist, unfolded, he also became a father to three children with his common-law wife Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, and he also fathered children with a number of other women. He also thrived musically as he released dozens of hit songs and toured the world, becoming a global style icon and even appearing in video games. No doubt his reference was to his streaming numbers, such as his RIAA Gold Certified “Fever.”
In spite of those criticisms, Kartel was the most streamed artist in 2019, and in 2020, he still had the most collective YouTube streams at more than 12.5 million views up to the first part of the year. Just watch if the Teacha’ post nothing…. With digital music streaming starting to gain traction, he quickly re-arranged his strategies to meet the changing ways fans consumed music. This was the beginning of Kartel’s streaming dominance. Some critics feel that the artist has been releasing too much music that isn’t having the same impact. He doesn’t need anyone else.”
Even behind bars for a decade, the dancehall deejay is the strongest artist, something that has never before been seen in the genre’s history. Even before Covid he has been dominating the dancehall space. Police say the feud over Gully vs. It wasn’t long after he left Alliance, dissatisfied with the way things were going and set out on his own as an independent artiste- something many Alliance members viewed as being ungrateful, and if you are born in the Caribbean, there is no greater sin than to be ungrateful! The impact he brought to dancehall nobody has done that.”
Vybz Kartel & Shawn Storm Leaving Court in 2014
Vybz Kartel and his co-accused, which includes artiste Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, his close friends Kahira Jones and Andre St. The war touched every section of society as Kartels dominance spread- from the ghettos in the inner city to high schools. Critics of the dancehall legend, who is aptly called ‘Worl’Boss,’ proclaimed in 2014 ahead of his sentencing that if convicted, the life and career of the controversial but highly gifted artist would be effectively over. Though some may argue that his relevance is waning, his streaming numbers tell a different story. 13 on the chart. It all began when a young Adidja Palmer dropped out early from Calabar High School to pursue his musical passions. Gaza was responsible for several murders and shootings along Mannings Hill Road. “It’s like the deejays who all want to be like Shabba…whenever an artiste is at the top you always find a string of young artists deejay like him in his era in hopes of getting the kind of success he has and they study and copy him.”
Meanwhile, when asked what he thinks accounts for Kartel’s longevity and if he foresees it to continue into the future- especially in light of Vybz Kartel’s appeal of his murder sentence to the Privy Council in England, he says nothing is likely to change given Kartel’s fan base. They instanteously react to his directions to make videos, promote and stream his music. It is arguably the most productive and long-lived, which also assists with keeping him relevant behind bars. He also received success for Kartel Forever: Trilogy in 2014 and Reggae Love Songs and Other Things also released in 2014. But that isn’t the case with Vybz Kartel. Despite being incarcerated for the past decade, Vybz Kartel remains one of Jamaica’s most influential artists. John, have been granted leave to appeal their life sentences at the Privy Council. Other artists in jail like Ninja Man have not released any new music since being incarcerated, but Vybz Kartel continues to flood the airwaves. In 2019, he dismissed YouTube trending and views as a mark of relevance and called it a “kid’s game.” At the time, fans and critics reacted to his Rock Pop song “No Ok,” which many said sounded like a Disney movie soundtrack- something that is also almost a compliment as the artiste’s versatility was once more on display as he sought to expand his fan base to a new genre of music previous dancehall artists have not ventured to do. Some don’t because they have a market strategy and they are using that to create a fake illusion of being anti-Kartel and using that to get a buzz when Gaza fans react,” he said. Fans and DJs tend to give more ‘fawud’ to DJs who are present. Fast forward to 2021, and a lot has changed from 2014 when Kartel was convicted and sentenced to 35 years to life for the murder of a former acquaintance, and now, the world in the throes of a pandemic. This was the beginning of the passionate or, as one former Prime Minister of Jamaica called it- his ‘rabid’ fans base called Gaza. Following his arrest, his hits continued to resound with the release of Viking (Vybz is King) which peaked at No. Additionally, one music producer who requested anonymity says Kartel may be a bigger influence in jail as if he was out of jail. Up to the time of his arrest, his income is said to have been eye-watering from his many business ventures that included his Street Vybz Rum, condoms, cake soap, and Clarks footwear, along with his music that was also becoming streamed globally. The controversy with Kartel also included the move to bleach his skin, changing from a person with a darker skin tone to someone several shades lighter- at one point, his skin tone was almost white. In spite of this, support for him did not wane, but he became rather more popular. This move would prove to be a lucrative new stream of income for Kartel. “He’s getting public buzz but also the streaming numbers. Soon though, they became aware of the dark personality that is Vybz Kartel. His rise to stardom started with his skills as a writer for the Grung Gadzilla, and he quickly becomes one to look out for as a promising rising star. Gaza Kim was eventually expelled, and not long after, one by one, the other members of the camp were also expelled for one reason or the other. He has since released dozens if not hundreds of songs since his pre-incarceration days. Vybz Kartel continues to enjoy top-of-the-line airplay on local radios. This is also where he met his future rival Mavado. “If the man is behind the bar and doing so well imagine if he is in the streets! Vybz Kartel 2004 in Brooklyn
By this time, Vybz Kartel was now known and respected as the top dancehall act by fans and critics alike as he formed his own Gaza camp, which included the likes of Jah Vinci, Popcaan, Gaza Kim, Lisa Hyper, Black Rhyno, Meritol, and others. Although he previously saw Billboard success in 2009 with “Romping Shop” featuring Spice, his album debut on the chart came in 2011 with Kingston story, a digital album and later an extended version in 2012, debuting at No. His life became characterized by controversy as rumors swirled that he would beat his artists, and deejay Gaza Kim showed photos of her face battered, which she says were as a result of her and her brother being attacked and beaten by men at the direction of Kartel. But he still has one of the biggest fan bases in dancehall and his streaming numbers are definitely one of the top three in dancehall.”
ZJ Chrome / IG @zjchrome
“As it relates to the streets maybe he’s losing a bit of the streets because of a lack of presence but his fans are the die hearted fans that stick around, so he’s fading but that’s the natural fade if you ask me because no artiste stays on top forever, but he’s still even with his fading his numbers says he’s the best out there.”
ZJ Chrome says that even though Kartel is not here, not much will change as long as fans are getting the type of music they expect from their favorite icon. The producer says Kartel’s influence can be seen by the way young artists are mimicking aspects of the artiste’s personality and style- his creativity, and selling themselves by starting controversies which Kartel did back in the day but nowadays that is now akin to trending online. However, a check shows that Kartel is among the top five most-streamed artists for dancehall on Audiomack each week. 1 track “Clarks,” which also launched the career of Dancehall superstar Popcaan, he feels that Kartel has in some respects faded from the dancehall scene as is natural with artists who are around for a long time but his dominance in untested given his cult-like fan base. While things have changed, it has also remained the same as Vybz Kartel’s dominance spreads from jail and continues to top the charts locally and abroad. 2 on the chart in 2016 and he was certified Gold by the RIAA for the song “Fever” released in 2016. Vybz Kartel is now known one as one of the most prolific dancehall artists alive and to have lived. Their hearing is said to be sometime in 2021. Soon he called himself Adi Banton, after his inspiration figure Buju Banton and in 1983, at the young age of 17 years old, he recorded his first single, “Love Fat Woman.” It wasn’t long after he joined the budding “Alliance” group led by the enigmatic and widely controversial artiste Bounty Killer. Aside from being a musical genius, his secret to his success is his work ethics and ability to adapt with the changing musical landscape. Kartel, however, did not accept responsibility for the incident; instead, he condemned violence against women and girls. “Vybz Kartel is bigga dan YouTube trending…lef it fi di kids… Gold n Platinum ai pre,” he said. In real life he is a genius. He asserts that many of the new young artists are trying to become the next Vybz Kartel. What is perceived to be a fading might also be something the artiste is aware of. Nevertheless, the young Palmer had talent, and fans who had an eye and ear for good lyrics were drawn to him. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
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