Brooklyn is currently in a frenzy courtesy of Vybz Kartel and the Gaza crew & Massive B music label.
This excitement comes as a result of a recent release entitled Badman by Vybz Kartel, Sikka Rymes & Lisa Mercedez for Massive B Sound.
Vybz Kartel shows his lyrical prowess by morphing his vocals around just about any musical pattern, and his latest release titled “Badman,” sees him dropping bars over a UK drill beat.
The British rap subgenre of drill music has become highly favored in America over the last decade. It first took root in Chicago, before developing a strong following in other areas such as New York. Pop Smoke became one of the biggest names out the fledgling New York drill scene when he scored his major hits, “Welcome To The Party” and “Dior.” Sadly, the rapper was gunned down back in February while spending time in California.
Nonetheless, his legend lives on in his hometown of Brooklyn, which is also the home of the Massive B Sound System and production house, the team responsible for “Badman.” Bobby Konders and Jabba, who make up the duo of Massive B, have been working with Vybz Kartel from the onset of his career, nearly two decades ago. Kartel and Massive B recently collaborated on a rebellious cut titled, “About Us,” which was fashioned off Michael Jackson’s 1995 “They Don’t Care About Us.”
“Badman” comes equipped with a pungent bassline, setting the tone for all three artistes to rap over. Vybz Kartel gets first dips and opens with salutes to the slain rapper Pop Smoke, the track’s producers as well as areas of New York known for their strong Caribbean influences.
He carries on to his chorus. “Badman no run joke we cut-throat, chip Glock gun smoke blood sport,” he raps.
About Massive B: Led by DJ Bobby Konders and partner Jabba, Massive B describes themselves as “Music for the People”. Founded in Brooklyn, NY, Massive B Sound System serves as an independent label and production outlet. Alongside Massive B’s expansive history of productions, Bobby Konders and Jabba have maintained a legendary commercial radio tenure on New York City’s Hot 97 fusing reggae and hip-hop together for millions to hear weekly.