Gaza 4 Life
Label: Tj Records
Vybz Kartel has spent his career poised on the verge of breakthrough, and Gaza for Life is no different. Tracks alternate between serious (and, of course, sexed-up) dancehall and, well, slightly more pop-leaning serious, sexed-up dancehall. But where exactly these two strains pop up is what makes this album surprising. "Turn Up the F*ck," for instance, is riddled with pop hooks, while "Freaky Girl Part 3" is actually a very sweet slow jam. But Kartel is really at his best when he sticks to the hard-rolling dancehall riddims, as on the bombastic "Tun & Wine" or the fierce "Better Can Wuk."