Dancehall’s best lyricist, Vybz Kartel, is also Dancehall’s most controversial, this article touches on one of his many controversial moves.
During the golden age of dancehall, provocative lyrical content was presented ambiguously, making it more appropriate for airplay. However, after Vybz Kartel emerged on the dancehall forefront, he endorsed raunchier lyrical content that explicitly glorified men receiving oral sex from “freaky” women.
At first, Vybz Kartel would insert lines about freaky girls in songs, however, he shocked the masses with his first full freaky girl song ‘Freaky Gyal’, which focuses on his adoration for adventurous women. Kartel then followed up with part 2 and part 3 to complete a trinity of freaky anthems.
With Vybz Kartel rawly expressing his love for such women in times when other more seasoned dancehall artistes were shying away from it, Vybz Kartel was placed in a different category.
According to Bounty Killer in a newly released interview, Vybz Kartel was the “Freaky King” in the dancehall industry, but now the dancehall scene is saturated by many entertainers who sing “freaky” songs.
“Wah day a Kartel alone did a dweet enu. Memba dem time deh? Inna di early 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009 coming up. A Kartel a did di freaky king. Now everybody is a freaky ting,” Bounty said on The Fix at their 10th anniversary live podcast event.
Bounty Killer added that he dislikes the “freaky” trend in dancehall because everyone should not be going in the same direction at once.
“We need diversity,” he subsequently said. “Yuh have nasty people inna di world, dem wah the nasty music, but a nuh pay nasty people deh yah.”
Watch the interview with Bounty Killer below: