Kartel Versus Mavado - The War Ain't Ova
Touted as one of Dancehall’s most anticipated musical confrontations, STNG 2008 delivered the goods but the verdict is still out on who really won the nights main event.
Vybz Kartel is without a doubt one of the most talented lyricist we have seen in years. His signature quick witted delivery has captured fans worldwide, but also harnesses a self-destructive element which has plagued his career and once again reared its ugly head at Dancehall biggest one night show on earth.
Mavado crawled from the cassava piece gullyside to covet a sparkling of international acclaim and has reached milestones in his career that Kartel may never attain. He is not one of the fastest menaces on the mike, but his haunting melodies and gospel tinged tracks have connected with the people with a stronger impact than the man born Adijah Palmer.
Pound for Pound Vybz Kartel had the lyrical ammunition to slaughter Mavado and use his blood as bath water, but his greatest strength is his greatest weakness.
After idolizing the gangsta life for years, spitting and preaching mafia living Vybz Kartel ran on stage dressed in an end to end military fatigue. Now for a man that talk badness and dubbed Kartel, head of Portmore Empire, what happen to the gangsta suit? What happen to the mafia wear?
You tun informer?
With mike in hand Kartel issued freestyle bombs like black rain, leaving Mavado at times stunned and staggered in search for fresh ammunition. Like a true fighter driving for the kill Kartel blazed hot fire, which blew out cold when he spoke about ill about Mavado’s mother.
How low would Kartel go to win this battle?
Mavado used the moment to fight back, but Kartel would not be braced and issued a new lyrical offensive. Punch for Punch Kartel held his own and at the moment he smelled victory, he shot himself in the foot.
He trashed talked Mavado’s mom again.
The crowd would have none of it, and the boos that echoed across Jamworld Center, signaled the loss of eminent victory.
Overconfidence has toppled myriads of empires throughout history. Cesear, Napoleon, Hitler, need I say more.
Brilliant bastards who let over confidence shadow their true genius and forgot that the voice of the people were their greatest weapon.
In all honesty, Mavado did not win the battle, Kartel’s loss was conceded when he shot himself in the foot, becoming the biggest casualty of STING 2008.
With a tainted victory for Mavado now resonating across the dancehall scene at home and aboard, Kartel will have to reassess his strategy for the coming year.
The lack of the vox popili(voice of the people) shows that fans are slowly becoming disconnected from his music, a troubling sign that his star power is on the fade away.
Mavado on the other hand, will not have the luxury of reveling in bliss of post battle. He will now have to face the upcoming and the experienced warlords who will want to take the now unseated title of Dancehall warlord?
Unseated you ask?
Yeah. Sadly Bounty Killa was placed in retirement with a geriatric performance that slipped him into the slot of stale veteran, when the crowd booed him five minutes into his performance.
In silence he retreated from the stage, signaling that an era had ended for the man once known as the poor people governor.
Now who will wear the crown of Dancehall Warlord?
2009 will decide…
The Reggae News Agency
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