It has already been a landmark in Jamaican Dancehall with its biggest star Vybz Kartel convicted of murder and sentenced to serve 35 years in prison.
While the steady stream of new, previously unreleased Kartel tunes will certainly continue to see the light of day throughout the year and beyond, Jamaican Dancehall is now lacking a real superstar of Kartel’s caliber.
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With the anticipation of his new EP “New Level Unlocked,” Alkaline plans to take Vybz Kartel’s Dancehall title, according to a close source to the artiste.
“Listen to mi now! In 2016, Alkaline will prove to the world that he is the baddest thing in Dancehall. He has been working overtime in studios, recording several tracks per day and lowkey shooting multiple music videos. The plan is to outrank Worl Boss during the year 2016,” the source told Hype Life Magazine, exclusively.
“Alkaline is planning to release more tracks with more international artistes and of course, this is going to push him far. Tattooing his eye balls was just the beginning, he has more bizarre plans ahead in the next couple months. There are more to his agenda, but for now I have to zip it,” the source added.
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The rail-thin Alkaline can be heard displaying his high-end, nasally voice on recent popular cuts like “ATM,” “Nice Suh (Freaky Gal)” and “More Than Happy.”
This year his hit “Fleek” has been one of the most popular tunes in dancehall.
However, the young deejay may be most known at this point for supposedly tattooing his eyeballs black and bleaching his skin to white.
To be Dancehall’s next major superstar, Alkaline will have to rely on more than his bizarre but intriguing persona.
Besides, his sudden fame in Jamaica perhaps signals a shift in Dancehall that requires attention.
Despite being only 21, Alkaline has reportedly been recording music for almost half a decade now.
Yet it in the past few years there has been a considerable rise in his fame both in Jamaica and beyond with tunes like “Gyal Bruk Out,” “Things Mi Love,” “Move Mountains,” “How It Feel” and his newly-released collaboration with Sean Kingston on “Ride On Me (Remix).”
The young entertainer recently released a single titled “Object Bingo,” which many fans are claiming to be a dis track for Vybz Kartel. However, Alkaline has yet to admit to the claims.
The deejay seems prime to take his talents to an international superstar level and 2016 might be the year.
See more photos of Alkaline on the next pages.