Dancehall artiste Chronic Law has surpassed Jamaican giant Vybz Kartel in terms of YouTube views this year. Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, has been behind bars since 2011 and has been at the top spot on YouTube end-of-year views for the past three years.
In an article released by the Jamaica Observer today, based on checks made to Youtube’s end-of-year tally for most streamed Jamaican artistes in the country, Chronic Law racked up a shocking 66.5 million views. However, he was not the only one to surmount the Jamaican music king.
Vybz Kartel was knocked all the way down to fourth place on the list, being passed by Skeng, who gained 49.7 million views in the last year. It can be said that Skeng, who is second on the list, has had a very remarkable year and has released quite a few hits while managing to be recognised by American rapper Nicki Minaj to acquire a collaboration with her despite being new to the dancehall scene.
Heavy hitter Masicka also managed to sit in third place with 39.7 million views. The top five spots were then closed off by Squash, with 30.6 million streams after Vybz Kartel’s 33.4 million.
Chronic Law didn’t stop at stealing the top spot this year but has had two songs added to the top 20 songs list for 2022. Corrupt and Empty, which were both released this year, managed to get a combined Youtube view count of 20 million streams.
The top ten most streamed artistes for Jamaica this year have been Jahshii, Alkaline, Intence, Popcaan, and Teejay, with their positions following accordingly. Shenseea, the dancehall princess, was the only female to make the top 20, where she ranked 18 with 11.6 million YouTube views.