Label
Riddim
Format
Date

DJ Smurf Muzic
Without My Own
Pre-release promo copy
April 8, 2009

Artist & tune

  • Vybz Kartel - Without My Own
  • Vybz Kartel & DJ Smurf - Without My Own (Instrumental)
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"Without My Own" by dancehall's most forward lyricist Vybz Kartel is the first radio friendly gangster tune since the ban on explicit AND edited tunes by the Jamaican Broadcasting Commission. Of course I assume on these pages Vybz Kartel doesn't need any further introduction. The producer of the riddim - of which a clean "Without My Own (Instrumental)" version is included as well - is lesser known. Errol Stewart a.k.a. DJ Smurf was born on September 21, 1972. His interest for the turntable budded from a tender age. While sitting at his gate, he would carefully observe as Metro Media played on weekends on the same road where he grew up in Kingston. While attending Calabar High School, he would conduct cassette clashes with his classmates. There and then he recognized his true potential and got a few mixing lessons from his friend Ian, who was a DJ for Road Star Disco. Later Errol decided to make it his career. In 1988, he started deejaying on various sound systems in the corporate area and played on various occasions. Currently employed at Irie FM, his main interest musically is '90s to current dancehall, hip hop, disco and soca. Errol set up his own label DJ Smurf Muzic some years ago and produced riddims like the very danceable 'Carrot Oil' and 'Jungle Lion'. But this piano-accents introed and claps driven riddim with its string-accents on top and an overall dark hip hop vibe is the best riddim DJ Smurf produced up to now. And there's no better way to understand the importance of this tune than by including the complete lyrics of it:

[Intro]
hey huggins, dem bwoy deh a nuh thugs / some likkle fool diss dem
dem can't talk mi and mi dawgs dem roll / any violation nah talk a di teacha(a teacha)

[Chorus]
you coulda dead! mi don't like run / suh mi nah guh no weh without my own
without my own, without my own / mi nah wait! til night come down
mi dozen nah guh no weh without my own / without my own, without my own
mi a di last man standing, last man standing / cah mi don't like run, mi don't like run
mi don't like run / cah when you si gaza a party
come test if you think mi left my own / mi left my own, mi left hey crack jaw

[Verse 1]
when badman a party mi nuh left mi fat shorty / gaza nuh boxer and mi nuh have black
belt in a karate / danger wi mek you disappear shortly
from mi a likkle bitter bwoy inna khaki no man! / never to back talk me(no sah)
addi woulda start world war three / and this a nuh sucky you can't bawl cree
you better seh weh you seh mek mi do weh mi waan fi do / seh weh you seh mek mi do weh mi waan fi do
do weh mi waan fi do, do weh mi waan fi do

[Chorus]
you coulda dead! mi don't like run / suh mi nah guh no weh without my own
without my own, without my own / mi nah wait! til night come down
mi dozen nah guh no weh without my own / without my own, without my own
mi a di last man standing, last man standing / cah mi don't like run, mi don't like run
mi don't like run / cah when you si gaza a party
come test if you think mi left my own / mi left my own, mi left hey!

[Verse 2]
you can't diss adidja di teacha di man dem / a gaza wi rise every creature
and deliver di beef to di door like toppings / pon a domino pizza
how you fi hype and you never know lisa / something a guh fly and mi know seh a nuh visa(a visa)
visa rhyme with freezer / you nah guh heaven cah you wasn't a believa
you never believe mi head hotta than fever / that's why you seh weh you seh mek mi do weh mi waan fi do
seh weh you seh mek mi do weh mi waan fi do / do weh mi waan fi do, do weh mi waan fi do

[Chorus]
you coulda dead! mi don't like run / suh mi nah guh no weh without my own
without my own, without my own / mi nah wait! til night come down
mi dozen nah guh no weh without my own / without my own, without my own
mi a di last man standing, last man standing / cah mi don't like run, mi don't like run
mi don't like run / cah when you si gaza a party
come test if you think mi left my own / mi left my own mi left a di teacha a teacha

"Without My Own" is a tune that shows the true skills of Vybz Kartel as a dancehall dj and of DJ Smurf as a producer even when not taking into account its historical value as 'first radio friendly gangster tune'. A must have tune for all soundsystems and 7" buyers.