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I was thinking on the bus, coming into work today how Jamaican music superstars, Vybz Kartel and Mavado have taken their different paths, just from their different outlooks on life.
This seems obvious to me if you listen to both of their latest songs ..
So with Kartel facing murder charges and things looking generally hopeless for him, he comes out with Ghetto Road
So he came from a place which was difficult and he’s faced a lot of hardship, if you re-read some of my previous posts, you will see that I am a real Kartel fan and have given him a lot of understanding, but he has let life really get to him.
Whereas, I think that Mavado is really rising above it all and OK, he comes from the same Kingston streets, but he’s using his new situation to enjoy life.
I actually rate Kartel for being more real in a way but when it comes to survival in this life, he maybe has something to learn from the Gully God.
I Octane, Damien Marley, Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Lea Anna, Popcaan and Mavado – always Mavado.
876.com are saying that Movado’s Range Rover was shot up and that this shooting follows Kartel’s car being fire bombed – although the entertainer says it was an “electrical fault”.
It also reports that the situation on the Gully side – aka Movado’s home area of Cassava Piece in Kingston is tense right now.
Anyone got any more info on that?
I am hoping that Movado is not going the same way as Sizzla in August Town. Read more about that in this blog post.
Rather than paintings of Haile Selassie on the walls in Kingston, you are more likely to see tags saying Gaza or Gully right now.
The battle going on between dancehall artist, Vybz Kartel (who’s uncompromising and tough sound from the streets gives him the Gaza tag) and Movado – the singjay, a cross between DJ and singer – better known as the Gully God because of the place he comes from in Kingston- Cassava Piece, with its’ huge gully running through it. This photo is not Cassava Piece, but just in case you’re wondering what a gully looks like.
So Gaza or Gully?
I have said on this blog before, that I am long standing Kartel fan, but I was feeling Movado more. But there’s been a turnaround. Kartel is back on top. I’m really feeling his track, Money on My Mind and even ramping shop I was liking that. But will musical battle spill over into violence? I don’t reckon so, but with the mix of social problems that inner city Kingston has, I can understand why some might be worried. Are you?
I’m linking this video as the Gaza Gully beef, has been squashed after they performed on stage together and they had a chat with the Jamaican Prime Minister (see photo below).
Article in the LA Times on dancehall artist Mavado.
Here’s a version of Mavado’s ‘On the Rock’ – called We Need Barack !
and one of his latest tracks.. Inna Di Car Back
The dancehall clash everyone was waiting for. Kartel vs Mavado at Sting 2008 and the overwhelming consensus is that Kartel reigns supreme over the Gully God. It was Kartel coming out in army fatigues signalling he was serious about this war. It threw Mavado and he starts stumbling and shouting about his microphone levels not being right when it seems he was covering up for forgetting his lyrics.
I’m not surprised as Kartel is the far more eloquent and media savvy of the two, but just because you’re good at battling, does not change the fact that the big hits of 2008 came from Mavado’s melancholic voice as opposed to Kartel’s aggressive lyrics.