Is Vybz Kartel more influential than Bob Marley globally? According to DJ Akademiks, the Worl’Boss has surpassed the legendary King of Reggae. The podcaster, who is of Jamaican descent, made the comments while being interviewed on the Million Dollars Worth Of Game podcast last Sunday.
Of course, it does have some Jamaican roots, considering it is from Spanish Town. His view of the matter could be influenced by his love for the Worl’Boss, however, as he admitted that Kartel is his all-time favorite artist. Still, he believes the “Fever” artist has even more influence in the dancehall than the Beatles or Elvis Presley in their genres.
DJ Akademiks admitted that Vybz Kartel is his all-time favorite artist and considers the imprisoned dancehall star to be the best he has ever used the microphone in any musical genre.
“I don’t care if you can say Bob Marley, Elvis, Beatles,” AK said.
When asked about his love for Kartel, he explained that, in his estimation, he is the best artist and that there is no other artist on earth who comes “within an inch of him”. He also acknowledged that he is currently jailed for murder, but said he feels there is no one so authentic when it comes to living your craft.
“He [Vybz Kartel] is the best type with melodies, the best type with measures or lyrics or whatever. He was always someone who pushed the culture. Culture to this day, is in prison and still makes music, still lives off of it [Vybz Kartel] back ”, he continued with admiration.
Walla seemed surprised by the comments, given the massive impact Bob Marley has had in terms of recognizing reggae music. A recent Money study estimated that if it were still alive today, its earnings would be about $ 1,667,878 in 2021-22 on some popular platforms, namely Youtube, Instagram and Spotify.
Gillie wondered if AK really believed Kartel’s influence was as powerful as Marley’s, and added, “Man, get out of here … get the lie out … get out of here.” .
Then the hip-hop commentator tried to bring some understanding to his comments. His indicator of influence refers to the famous who is an artist in the ghetto, he explained. While Marley’s music still explodes through many ghettos in the Caribbean region and beyond, Vybz Kartel is perhaps the most played.
However, it seems to refer to the crudest letters to which some of the impoverished areas relate. DJ Akademiks added that not even Jay-Z could touch the influence of Kartel, genre for genre.
It’s a bold statement considering that Bob Marley, who has been dead for more than 40 years, is still racking up the No. 1 spot on some popular Billboard charts. According to the results of Billboard’s 25 best-selling reggae albums of 2021, the compilation album, Caption: The best of Bob Marley and The Wailersis the best-selling reggae album in the United States, for the second year in a row.
This album has sold over 75 million records and is now certified 15 times platinum, with an average annual sales of 250,000 units.
He has left an indelible mark on the genre and the promotion of Jamaican music. Bob Marley is one of the most celebrated artists in the history of music, both. Rolling Stones named the Jamaican reggae legend among his top 100 artists of all time, placing him at number 11 for the most influential artist.
Still, that only applies to his music. Her children have fiercely protected Marley’s name, and the brand is also known around the world. He has earned countless posthumous honors, such as when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. He also has several Billboard albums, such as having the aforementioned album, Legendspends 13 years on the Billboard 200 album chart.
This is not to say that Vybz Kartel is not a massive hit, albeit in a very different genre and with a very different type of appeal. He is probably the most influential dancehall artist of all time, although his appeal remains regional. That’s not to say it hasn’t had some international success either.
However, in terms of influence, especially globally, few artists have achieved what Bob Marley has achieved, both his life and his death. He attributes this to AK’s bias, but objectively, Marley’s life and death not only helped propel reggae worldwide, but he was also an important catalyst that helped stimulate the Rastafarian movement, which now it also has a global cultural impact.