PON DI GAZA 2.0 HITS STORES FEBRUARY 26TH.
NY (Ms. RAINE INC): Love him or hate him, Vybz Kartel's influence in Dancehall is undeniable -- a masterful wordsmith, captivating entertainment icon, and insightful businessman known just as much for his lyrical genius as he is for his much publicized scandals. Nearly everything he does is a guaranteed success -- and a full-fledged controversy. On February 26th, his recording label Adidjahiem Records, in partnership with notable Reggae label Tads Record, will release Pon Di Gaza 2.0, a re-release of last year's digital Pon Di Gaza album, with a bonus disc of the deejay's latest hit singles, include the current #1 hit "Life We Living." Pon Di Gaza 2.0 is Vybz Kartel's first physical album in nearly four years.
Like Pon Di Gaza, the release of Pon Di Gaza 2.0 comes in the midst of a storm of Kartel controversy -- rumors and allegations of everything from trouble inside his Portmore Empire camp to tangles with law enforcement -- which is all par for the course for the unconquerable deejay. The deejay scored eight #1 singles in 2009, including the internationally acclaimed single "Romping Shop" which hit the Billboard Top 100, and "Dollar Sign," and "Virginity" which are currently in rotation on urban music stations throughout the Caribbean and North America. Since the start of 2010, he has been heralded as Deejay of the Year, Recording Artist of the Year, and Song Writer/Lyricist of the Year by the Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards, and Favorite Artist of the Year and Best Male Artist of the Year, while his song "Love Dem" was voted Best Chart Topping Song of the Year at the Youth View Awards in Jamaica.
Pon Di Gaza 2.0 contains chart-topping singles "Last Man Standing," and "Million by Morning," as well as club bangers "Bicycle," "Go-Go Club," "Nah Let Go," and "Marie" and includes an exclusive freestyle and special mixes. Unlike the previous album, Pon Di Gaza 2.0 contains all raw (unedited) tracks.
"Double CD but never a dull moment," jokes Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer, CEO of Adidjahiem Records. "I think it's a beautiful effort by all concerned to put together an album of this caliber. It's laced with track after track of high energy Vybz Kartel lyrics and melodies accompanied by equally amazing beats from producers like Notnice, Russian, and Chrome to name a few. It's filled with new material as well as songs people know and love. I think this will be my best album to date."
"We predict that Pon Di Gaza 2.0 will be one of the best Dancehall albums of 2010," states Tad Dawkins, CEO of Tads Record Inc.
Pon Di Gaza 2.0, Adidjaheim/Tads Records, will be in stores and on iTunes (www.apple.com/itunes) on Friday, February 26th. The album's production credits include Donovan "Don Corleone" Bennett, Ainsley "NotNice" Morris, Lenburgh "Leng" McDonald, Stephen McGregor, Jordan McClure, Tarik "Russian" Johnston, ZJ Chrome, and DJ Neil.