Raw - EP
Hugely successful in Jamaica, Dancehall star Vybz Kartel has also collaborated with many American artists, including Missy Elliot, Alicia Keys, and Cormega. Like many of his peers, he's been tangled up in various beefs both on and off records, and also caught some flack from Europeans over allegedly homophobic lyrics. Regardless, he continues to make quality music, even after parting ways with his old homies the Alliance crew. Raw is a short but sweet six-track EP, mixing songs about the ladies ("You a Me Baby," "Virginity") with more hardcore fare like the call-to-war "Coward." Guests Popcaan and Gaza Indu add some variety and flavor to several joints, and the AutoTune action on "People's Cry" is either way over the top or just perfect, depending on your tastes. Overall, some great songs and yet another solid release from Vybz.