Album review
Up 2 Di Time ~ 'More Up 2 Di Time' Edition
Vybz Kartel
September 27, 2004

Tracking list

  1. Picture This
  2. Tekk
  3. Breast Specialist featuring Beenie Man
  4. Real Bad Man
  5. Sweet To The Belly
  6. Badda Dan Dem
  7. Badman Party
  8. Tattoo
  9. Good Inna Clothes
  10. Sweet To The Belly
  11. Kartel & Kardinal featuring Kardinal Offishal
  12. Sen On
  13. Di Way We Roll
  14. Badman Nah
  15. New Millenium featuring Wayne Marshall
  16. Robbery
  17. Live U Life
  18. Why You Doing It? featuring Wayne Marshall
  19. Start Well
  20. Pussy Jaw
  21. A.K.A.
  22. Who Knows
  23. Why Again (aka Why You Doing It? Pt 2) featuring Wayne Marshall
  24. Buss It Off
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Last year Greensleeves Records unleashed Vybz Kartel's much talked about debut album "Up 2 Di Time". Here's the next edition of that set including 5 hot new tracks along with the already known 18 solid to excellent tracks that display the talents of one of the fastest rising stars in the Jamaican and international dancehall scene. Kartel delivers his lyrics over hardcore dark dancehall riddims and hip-hop laced beats fully showing that he's blessed with an amazing lyrical flow and prowess. The only comment you can make is about the themes of his songs, which largely deal with masculinity and homophobia. The album contains some of his biggest hits so far including "New Millennium", "Sweet To The Belly", "Why You Doing It?" and "Sen On", performed over some of the hottest riddims such as "Mad Ants", Egyptian, "Krazy" and "Time Travel". The rest of this above par album consists of a few previously released 7" singles like for example the Rennaissance produced "Buss It Off" and "Tattoo". Furthermore we're treated to the new tracks "Picture This", "Tekk" on Renaissance's "Tunda Klap", the combination tune with Beenie Man, "Breast Specialist", that comes across the "Scoobay" riddim, "Real Bad Man" on Fire Links' "Mad Instrument", and "Badda Dan Dem" over the "Kasablanca" riddim.
"Up 2 Di Time ~ 'More Up 2 Di Time' Edition" is predominantly produced by Dononan "Vendetta" Bennett, the young producer whose "Don Corleon" label is responsible for Kartel's biggest hits so far. Further contributions on the production side come from Steven "Lenky" Marsden, Trevor "Baby G" James, Maerio C & Tony Matterhorn, Buccaneer, DJ Wayne, Renaissance Crew and Vybz Kartel himself.
Once again this collection of tunes shows that Vybz Kartel has certainly got the style and the lyrics. It sets him apart from anyone else in the dancehall at the moment and that's what makes this an interesting set, particularly for those who haven't purchased the first edition of this album. Fans who have already bought "Up 2 Di Time" might consider this a rip off deal as they have to pay the full price for only 5 tracks!!

Teacher & Mr. T.