Listen to two new Vybz Kartel songs

Listen to two new Vybz Kartel songs Vybz Kartel. Photo by Michael Schmelling for The FADER.  

10 years ago, Vybz Kartel released his eighth studio album Kingston Story, a collaboration with Mixpak producer Dre Skull. Fast forward to 2021, and Vybz is still locked up for life on a murder conviction while still managing to release new music at a prolific clip.

The latest drop in the 10th-anniversary deluxe edition of Kingston Story, and it comes with two new songs: “Drinkin & Smokin” and an acoustic version of “Ghetto Youth (Survival Song).” “Drinkin” is a low-slung party anthem led by heavy bass tones that contrast well with Vybz’s pleading melodicism and rapid-fire bars. The acoustic “Ghetto Youth” turns things down significantly, letting the political urgency of the lyrics shine through the sparse instrumentation. Listen to the entire deluxe project below.