Vybz Kartel hits Gold, Co-writes Beyonce’s “Girls”
Vybz Kartel is getting a lot of praise for a song that has a lot to do with female empowerment. Incarcerated but not silent, Kartel continues to garner international and local recognition.
The former Portmore Empire head is reaping the benefits after Beyonce’s single ‘Run The World’ (Girls), which he co-wrote, struck gold in the US selling more than 500,000 copies.
The track peaked at No. 29 on Billboard Hot 100 and No. 30 on R&B/Hip-Hop Song. The single also went on to certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) the same year it was released.
The song’s development was motivated by the fact that Beyonce wanted something different: a mixture of different cultures and eras, a new sound and a message which would give women strength.
The song was produced by Major Lazer on their popular ‘Pon Di Floor’ rhythm, which peaked in 2011. Other notable songwriters credited on the single include Major Lazer producer Diplo, R&B singer The Dream, Afrojack and Pat Thrall.
Vybz Kartel can be found on the writing credits for the dancehall and go-go-influenced single, using his government name Adidja Palmer.
Also on the writing credits are The-Dream (Terius Nash), Beyonce Knowles, Afrojack (Nick van de Wall), Diplo (Wesley Pentz), and Switch (David Taylor).