Scoring coveted media attention from mainstream press including MTV, The Fader Magazine and Complex Magazine, along with articles and reviews in numerous European and Caribbean media, Kartel Forever: Trilogy debuted at #5 on the iTunes Reggae Top Albums Chart during its release day on September 24, 2013.
The three-disc anthology remains in the iTunes top ten reggae albums, a commendable showing for an album that comes with a hefty price tag of $24.99, compared to other releases that average $9.99.
Hailed as the undisputed World Boss of the dancehall genre, Kartel Forever: Trilogy is a rare international release from the talented and controversial artist, who remains incarcerated in his homeland, Jamaica. Celebrated and polarized for his stimulating lyrics and provocative ploys on and off stage, there is no doubt Vybz Kartel is a defining thread in the fabric of dancehall. Kartel Forever: Trilogy boasts 60 tracks on the three-disc album, including previously unreleased singles and numerous hits from recent years.
Kartel is determined to stay atop his dancehall throne and keep his fans satisfied until his inevitable return to the studio to make music for the masses. Jamaican imprint Tad’s Record maintains a strong partnership with the entertainer. According to the label, both overt and covert fans are raving about this colossal collection that showcases Kartel’s hit songs in its raw and purest form. “The positive response that we have received regarding Kartel Forever: Trilogy is overwhelming and more than we could imagine,” reveals Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record.
“Vybz Kartel’s fans were starving since the release of Pon Di Gaza 2.0 and we are pleased to have lived up to their expectations with this follow-up tribute to a pioneering dancehall lyricist.” With a slew of Vybz Kartel songs currently enjoying heavy rotation in Jamaica and on urban radio worldwide, including new singles “Compass,” “Business” and “School,” Kartel Forever: Trilogy provides a vivid kaleidoscope of his continued evolution as an extraordinary artist.
Despite his geographic limitations, his music speaks volumes, as is evident from his continued surge in popularity and international demand, which continues to increase with each passing day. Kartel Forever: Trilogy is now available in stores on online, from Tad’s Record.