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  • Writer's pictureRomaine Brown

Airplay Update: The singles that stood out this week

Vybz Kartel collaborates once again; while Valiant & Skillbeng aim to recreate past successes. Tommy Lee redirects the energy his way. So who else have caught our ears?

Vybz Kartel collaborates with both driving forces in dancehall

It was another week of good music released and we've rounded up the leading songs and visuals for your listening & viewing pleasures.

To help you sort through a large number of new releases, we have hand-picked some of the best. This week bolsters some legendary names from the music fraternity. Are you ready? Here we go.

Valiant Ft. Vybz Kartel – "Stay Clean" Fast-rising dancehall artiste Valiant has once again joined forces with incarcerated dancehall legend Vibes Kartel. Previously the artistes teamed up on the single "Time Heals" which was released a month ago. Vybz Kartel who is known for delivering memorable collaborations with the dancehall new era artistes, once again delivered some clever melodies to match that of a current front-runner, Valiant, for what is set to be a potential summer hit. Shabdon Records, who have been responsible for some of Kartel's biggest hits in the last few years on the production side, collaborated with both YGR Records and Diplomats Records on this project. The mesmerizing music video was filmed during Valiant's recent visit to Canada.

Bounty Killer, Cham Ft. Dexta Daps – "Slow Motion" We have once again been graced with the collaboration of two legendary Dancehall pioneers; Bounty Killer & Cham who are known for their dominant lyrical ability, together with the smooth and infectious voice of the ladies favorite; Dexta Daps, and you are presented with a Dancehall masterpiece. "Slow Motion", the song that was released on February 14th, Valentine's Day, and to the fans’ delight they have now been blessed with a short motion visual to match. Bounty Killer, Cham and Dexta Daps star in this short film, with celebrity cameos from the Dancehall scene including Copper Shawn, from Coppershot Sound, Dj Lava from Chat & Laugh and female dancehall star; Jada Kingdom, in a sexy music video that has since been captivating its audience.

Sean Paul Ft. Beres Hammond – "Rebel Time" Two of the most distinguished talents ever produced by the Jamaican music industry have joined forces for a new song titled, "Rebel Time". Jamaica's multi-awarded, Sean Paul and the lovers Rock King, Beres Hammond are taking us on a journey back to the golden era of the '90s. A great collaboration with a lovely message, and the vibe that makes you want to run back to the dance floor.

Skillibeng – "Coke Part 2" "The plane just crash weh the coke again," is the stand-out line from the song's punchline; a rendition from his past hit - "Coke". Dancehall's latest cross-over act, Skillibeng, is trying to recreate that infectious viral 2021 hit song.

Vanessa Bling Ft. D'yani – "Soul Tied" Two great vocalists making a song together is always a recipe for success. The established Vanessa Bling joined forces with one of the ladies favorites, D’Yani, on a sexy song where they perfectly complement each other melodically. D’Yani who is widely known for his hit single with Jada Kingdom; for "Feelings", is now back in the trending slot in Youtube Jamaica with this track; "Soul Tied".

Tommy Lee Sparta – "Energy" Sparta is unstoppable. Tommy Lee is wasting no time since his release from prison and aims to regain his top spot. His flow and delivery on this beat is what we are accustomed to over the years, and is clearly evident again in this song. His fans have clearly missed him and he is currently redirecting all the "Energy" his way.

Vybz Kartel Ft. Skillibeng – "The King & The Prince" Vybz Kartel is very consistent and remains persistent in his connection with younger artistes. The chemistry is intact once again between these two immaculately, highly talented, versatile and both gifted with wordplay and lyrical prowess. The single was released 3 weeks ago is now accompanied by a music video that took the E-Syde king, Skillibeng to the community of Waterford in Portmore on the 'Gaza' as it’s more popularly called.

Kraff – "Rock" Rising trap-dancehall artiste, Kraff continues to climb to the forefront of the new generation of artistes out of Jamaica. His work ethic is something unique and he consistently releases infectious songs. His melodic ability which embodies both dancehall and hip-hop is evident on this single "Rock".

Skippa – "Clues" As we continue with the younger generation artistes; Skippa shares his life experiences with another melodious song; "Clues"”, which utters the desire to get out of poverty. His unique flow and sound is why most have his name as one to watch.

Kyoka – "Call Me" Kyoka's unique singing abilities brought her some recognition with her "People Hurt" single last year. The 25-year-old female artiste from St. Ann returns with another melodic song that encourages her partner to call her when he needs loving. Her vocal ability and wordplay here are again noticeable in this song "Call Me" with the visual to match.


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