Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel has released a new song titled, ‘Vampire’. Once you get over the unexpected Reggae instrumentals, listeners will realize this new single is a valiant and crucial cry out for the impoverished youths.
Vampire is a remake of Peter Tosh’s classic song of the same name first released in 1976. On Instagram, Kartel pays respect, saying it’s “a remake of one of the Great Stepping Razor’s plethora of timeless classics @petertosh”.
The remake somewhat harps on his previously released single, About Us with Massive B, which is a message of encouragement and strong caution to the youths, but with a completely different sound.
The official audio for the single released yesterday May 24th on the deejays VEVO and YouTube pages with distribution credits to Zojak World Wide. It’s not the typical kind of tune one would hear from the Worl’ Boss but everyone knows he’s all about the shock factor and always trying to up his game, and in this particular case his musical repertoire.
The song’s orchestration is an indubitable one-drop old Reggae beat with Kartel prolonging his arduous Rasta infused vocals to get his message across.
‘Di Teacha’ has always been an outspoken public figure often drawing on facts from general history and politics to challenge what he feels are injustice laws and procedures.
The Vampire single hit on a few debatable topics and voices his distress about the youths not getting a fair chance at life. The lyrics read, “Yuh tun di yout dem inna criminal … hundred tousand yout a year a graduate school, dem d’even have one tousand job fi give di youts.”
Then he jumps into the chorus in a cry like chanting “Uno ole vampire, nuh wa fi see the yout dem prospah, yuh want fi see di yout dem suffah, uno set a vampire.” More of the verses has some religious blows, ‘every day another fairy tale about heaven’ he sings, then says how the churches hushes mourning mothers, summing up their children’s death to “fi him time, God call him’ turning the people into sheep.
Like an authentic conscious tune, there is more impact in the words and message of the song than the overall appeal of the acoustics and melody. Vybz Kartel has demonstrated yet again, why he is a leader among his peers. Even though he’s in jail, he’s paying attention and essentially fighting for the youths of society even behind bars.
Check out the full audio for Vampire below —