Before Popcaan came into his own and picked up a strong following, he was carefully watching the moves of his mentor Vybz Kartel. And there’s no one better to have as a mentor because you can’t even have a conversation about dancehall music without mentioning Kartel. In the dancehall culture it’s common for multiple artists to hop on the same beat (or riddim) and create their own song, and each year it seems Kartel’s versions are always at the top. By the time you even find out about the latest riddim, he’s already put out a song on it. Sometimes if he likes it enough, he’ll just release multiple songs on the same riddim—and they'll all be equally successful. Because if anyone is allowed to do that, it’s Vybz Kartel.
You think Pharrell is the only one out here competing with himself for the number one spot on the charts? Think again. With his recent legal troubles many fans fear that this could be the beginning of dancehall’s downfall but there’s no need to worry about that because Vybz Kartel is still releasing hit singles from prison.
Besides, as this list proves there are other artists ready to hold it down while the beloved “Worl’ Boss” is locked up.