The critically acclaimed book by Adidja Palmer and Michael Dawson has continued to receive raving reviews and has become a local best seller.
The “Best Seller” title is no new feat for the “Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto” as it was also crowned #1 on Amazon.com in the category of Caribbean and West Indian history.
The book cites many historical facts and statistics and speaks on hard hitting topics such as racism, classism, politics, economics and social issues.
Vybz Kartel outlines many topics and even mentions issues such as the high infant mortality rate long before it came to the public’s attention in 2015 as the “Dead Baby Scandal” in Jamaica and again a few months ago.
In the book, Kartel has managed to show his passion for the ghetto and its occupants repeatedly; this we know he holds dear to his heart as he shows it not only with his literature but also through his clothing line, Official VK Line, which continues to embark on ventures to benefit ghetto youths.
The book has been catalogued by the US Library of Congress, acquired by Princeton and Yale Universities, named to the Black Radical Reading List and has received amazing reviews from every reader that has taken the dive into Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto.
However, with all this international acclaim, local entities still seem hesitant to align themselves with the book, with some bookstores only quietly admitting that the book has the top spot.
The book was also left out of Jamaican literary festivals or Reggae Month lectures when foreign authors and publishers were flown in to present theirs.
One local institution is however embracing it as Dr. Carolyn Cooper of the University of the West announced at Official VK Line’s launch party held in July that the book would be added to school’s syllabus.
Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto can be purchased online on the official website vybzkartelbook.com or in Jamaica at House of Dancehall, Sangster’s Book Stores or Kingston Bookshops.