Dancehall King Vybz Kartel has hit a tremendous milestone by surpassing 100 million views on YouTube with his 2011 Summertime jam.
The upbeat song, with its vibrant music video, praises the festivities that the summer brings, such as pool parties, beach activities, and the joys of school being out. The music video, directed by Kirk Lee, boasts a bevvy of ladies enjoying the summer air in swimsuits and shows the deejay dancing and relaxing with them.
As the song surpassed 100 million views yesterday, it is the first solo song of Kartel’s to reach 100 million streams on YouTube.
Summertime was produced by award-winning producer Andreas Nilsson from Adde Instrumentals, which is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Nilsson has worked with many artistes over the years, including Skillibeng on his Crocodile Teeth hit, Alkaline with Things Take Time, and Shenseea on Subrosa, but he has credited Kartel for being a key contributor in his rise to fame in dancehall.
The producer told FactMag in 2014 that he sent Vybz Kartel riddims in the early stages of his career. The riddims included Bike Back, Summertime, Open Up, and Bubble Hard. The Summertime riddim later birthed Popcaan’s Ravin, Shawn Storm’s Naa Lie, Sheba’s No Styling, and Vanessa Bling’s Always.
Earlier this year, Kartel hit multiple milestones, marking a successful year for the deejay. His 2016 song Fever, which currently has over 28 million views, was certified Silver in the United Kingdom in February upon selling 200,000 units
Kartel also reached 100 million views in May with his 2014 Conjugal Visit collaboration with Dancehall Queen Spice. Additionally, his King of the Dancehall album, released in 2016, attained 100 million streams on Spotify earlier this month.
Watch the music video below: