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AlkalIne overtaken Kartel as Dancehall leader?

This question has been lingering in the dancehall hemisphere for a while now.

It’s on everyone lips, Alkaline has been having a superb year releasing hits after hits with wavey songs like “formula”, and “City” to name a few.

It’s one of the few years in the past ten years that an artist has gone head to head with the self-proclaim “Worl Boss” a.k.a Vybz Kartel in releasing consistent hit songs. Alkaline has been compared to Vybz Kartel in every single public forum that the two artists have graced since their duo inception.

You have to wonder though if Vybz Kartel holds a sympathetic edge over Alkaline due to his untimely incarceration.

Does sympathy from the fans maintain Vybz Kartel’s legacy and credibility as Dancehall’s Pied piper? Do fans refuse to credit Alkaline for his meteoric rise due to their allegiance to Vybz Kartel?

There is no question both artists have been producing quality songs this year that have gone on to hold number one spots in numerous countries including Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, and the entire Europe.

Both artists have released significantly successful albums this year with both artists gaining number-one billboard spots.

Nowadays one cannot bring up Vybz Kartel without mentioning Alkaline. These comparisons hold identical resemblance to the heated Tupac and Biggie rivalry back in the days in the Hip Hop industry.

It now seems it’s not applicable for a fan to have allegiance to both Kartel & Alkaline. The picture is either black or white; it’s not acceptable to be on both sides of the enemy line. One cannot argue that both artists are extremely talented.

There is no doubt about the magnitude of their talents; both artists have been leading the latter of dancehall by “donkey lengths”. Vybz Kartel and Alkaline have simply been a class above the rest, being the front runners for dancehall on a superb consistent basis.

Has Alkaline surpassed Vybz Kartel as Dancehall’s frontrunner? Let me delve into why I think that question is absurd. First of all one or two years of excellence can’t be compared to 10 years of excellence.

We seem to be getting ahead of ourselves here. Alkaline has just entered the dancehall space two years and counting with just a small fraction of songs compared to Vybz Kartel. It’s fair to say Alkaline is on form right now but we have to remember class is permanent and form is temporary.

Vybz Kartel is simply class; he is widely regarded as the greatest trend setter in dancehall, the most influential artists in dancehall, and the most intelligent among many other debatable accolades.

We should remember that Vybz Kartel came on the scene when the industry actually needed talent to gain a spot in an entertainment department that is increasingly saturated.

On the other hand Alkaline came on the scene using a device to”buss” that Vybz Kartel later used to elevate himself further down his career. This device was extreme controversy, with the student Alkaline learning and adapting from his teacher, Vybz Kartel.

Honestly Alkaline hasn’t earned the right to be compared to Vybz Kartel simply because he has not been a front runner for Dancehall for ten years. Not to be harsh but Alkaline songs do not contain any super superior content that is ear catching and extremely outstanding when compared to the music of Vybz Kartel.

If you disagree please identify one song that Alkaline produced that has become a billboard topping song? Can you identify something brilliant that Alkaline has done with his music that Kartel hasn’t done. To his credit, Alkaline has emerged in his own lane and evolved his sound from earlier duplicating the traits and techniques of Vybz Kartel.

Since he evolved, his career, style and character has boosted but he has in no way fight the battles, gained enough experience or released enough chart topping hits to be regarded in the same dimension as Vybz Kartel.

We have to admit to ourselves that it’s our inner yearn that wants to crown a new Dancehall frontrunner since our beloved Vybz Kartel has been incarcerated and we need that live artist to fan connection again.

The main reason why many Alkaline fans are claiming that Alkaline is the new pied piper of Dancehall is because their yearn to be connected to excellence can’t be contained by a prison cell.

It became unacceptable for some fans that their Dancehall icon is behind the bar so in order to regain their personal connection to excellence they were willing to trade Kartel for Alkaline. The conclusion is from any point of view is that Alkaline has a far way to go in competing with Kartel’s body of work.

Written by Stamma Gramma

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Apr 22, 2020
Like you fukcing stupid
by: Manhimself

Cant see how yall could rate the kartel over the detta boss! Kartel start de fued between vendetta a d gaza. And the detta boss defended himself agaisnt the so called "king of the dancehall" kartel kill off movado and since hes so "great" how come he ain't kill off alkaline yet? Alkaline comeback for all kartel disses. And alkaline diss songs does be way better than kartel own. Last great diss song kartel had was probably 9x. But alkaline releasing nuff diss track but I ain't seeing kartel replying. He only ah post him comments and views pon de ig, you call that social media bitch. Kartel only had to fend off 2 other dancehall artiste and that's alkaline and movado. While alkaline had to fend off tommy Lee, popcaan, kartel, squash, chronic law and bounty killer. And so far de man kill off popcaan with microwave. Kill squash and chronic law with diss tracks like death announcement, state a emergency, most wanted and nuh mercy. He kill tommy lee with tom taam, afterall and 12pm and also heartless killaz. The Manhimself also got other hard diss songs like buss head, ricochet, badness it name, monopoly, death to microwave, one inna dem head, dead dem aguh dead, nah tell yuh, ready, circle badness, mouth talk, scumbag, object bingo, deep sleep
Even tho kartel ah lead the dancehall world. Alkaline fight he way up. Alkaline diss up de teecha and all he students. Is alkaline vs the world. Man is de #1 don

Sep 29, 2018
by: Anonymous

the person who wrote this is more of an vybz kartel fan not bcause am a alkaline fan but he is more intelligent than vybz kartel and he is the most intelligent artiste now...the person who wrote this needs more research...and vybz kartel didn't buss alkaline,alkaline education buss him in his music career

Sep 04, 2017
gaxa one
by: jana kartel

Gaza rules dancehall...

Aug 01, 2017
by: happy

Kartel number one no batty wash artist to c the thing ohh

Jul 07, 2017
Alkaline havent yet caught Vybz Kartel's level
by: Lil Worl Boss

Vybz kartel was and is still the dancehall hero & he even insists that dancehall is in,jail which Beenieman misargues but still he is one the best.Vybx kartel did so many clashes while Alkaline has done none.How the do u rate him,over Vybz Kartel whom Alkaline is already coping the skill from.U concluded this wrongly Kartel is the best

Jun 11, 2017
Vendetta clan to the World
by: bra nation

Alkaline is bigger than vybz kartel... the person who wrote this, is a fan of vybz kartel... last year Alkaline was on top of the bill board chart... please do your homework well..

Mar 11, 2017
Alkaline has great talent
by: Vendetta kid

This is very interesting.. But the person who wrote this is more of an vybz kartel fan from reading this. I'm not going to be bias now, from my point of view kartel is an excellent artist but knowing that alkaline has just entered the music industry he is performing very closly at kartel standard and people need to know that it will be soon and very soon he'll be one of the top artist just like kartel if not already is..

Aug 12, 2016
by: Anonymous

Wonderful read. Lol. I just stumbled upon it and I feel the same way. Kartel is my champion. Alkaline devised a plan to 'buss' and it worked. The whole fake eye-tattoo thing and trying to take on Kartel while mimicking his style worked and he did what he set out to do, but he's no Vybz Kartel. I loved Alkaline when he came out but when he started the Kartel dissing I had to tune out. Lol. Still rate him though...but, #VybzIsKing

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