While we can thank Vybz Kartel for giving many of the female talents in this list their ‘big break’ in music, it doesn’t take away from the fact that these women have remained some of the brightest stars in the Dancehall fraternity.

Here are Kartel’s top 20 female collaborations, ranked by DancehallMag.

20. Too Young – Lanae

In 2022, Kartel tapped Dancehall newcomer Lanae for a life lesson immersed in an steamy story. The 20’something playing a 17-year-old high school girl in the Carlington Wilmot-directed music video tells Kartel age is just a number, singing, “Mi can bruck off b** … give yuh some style big woman cyah give, so don’t come style mi as no likkle pickney.” But the Worl’ Boss drops a reminder, he’s “Kartelly not R Kelly.”

Release date: May 17, 2022

Producer: Aiko Pon Di Beat


19. Baby Father – D’Angel

Besides the catchy hook, “You know you baby father?” prodded by Kartel, Baby Father was memorable for D’Angel‘s impressive snapback in the official video, released months after she gave birth to her and Beenie Man‘s son. “Gwaan go look pan it [the video] and see how girl trim down,” she once said. “I couldn’t go hard in the gym yet because I just gave birth, but I did a lot of cardio, and that helped,” she added.

Release date: 2006

Producer: Neil ‘N-Less’ Amos

Riddim/Album: Klampute

18. Irreplaceable – Lisa Hyper

Irreplaceable was one of Kartel and Lisa Hyper‘s better efforts, offering a seamless delivery on an easy-going party beat.

Release date: May 18, 2021

Producer: TJ Records

Riddim/Album: Dancehall Zone Riddim

17. Washer Dryer – Ishawna

Ishawna and Vybz Kartel took on this sexy collaboration Washer Dryer in 2017 and brought all kinds of heat in the subsequent Damaniac Visuals-directed music video. The two exuded effortless synergy, going back and forth about a racy bedroom rendezvous, while Kartel offers up the complete job as a “washer and dryer” would.

Release date: September 11, 2017

Producer: Adidjahiem Records, TJ Records


16. BackShot – Jodi Couture

Burrowing the chorus from Lady Saw and Spragga Benz‘s 2001 song of the same name, Kartel and Jodi Couture took the ‘back shot’ narrative to even more lascivious levels in this 2019 track. The Simeon Hedge-directed music video portrays raw Dancehall dance and street culture, and spotlights the US-based Jamaican rapper dominating the chorus and her rap verse on the track.

Release date: January 10, 2019

Producer: Ricky Blaze, LMR Pro

Riddim/Album: –

15. Heavy (Remix) – Jada Kingdom

For her Heavy (remix), Kingdom added male perspective on her derriere, and who better than Vybz Kartel to tell us what’s really going on down there.

Release date: July 10, 2020

Producer: DJ Papis

Riddim/Album: –

14. Amazing – Stefflon Don

In this infectious cut, Amazing with Jamaican-British rapper Stefflon Don, Kartel teases his usual sexual energy to excite the ladies. “How you feeling? Let me feel it, body feel right so mi know yuh h** blessed …” he sings on the Dunw3ll produced song, while Don carries the hook to express her flairs in the bedroom.

Release date: September 16, 2022

Producer: Dunw3ll

Riddim/Album: Playstation Riddim

13. Cast Iron Heart – Jada Kingdom

Cast Iron Heart with Dancehall singer Jada Kingdom may very well be one of the most sentimental love songs ever recorded by Vybz Kartel. The Worl’ Boss lends his singing voice to match the euphonic flows of Kingdom in an emotional exchange on the track which appeared on Kartel’s 2020 To Tanesha album. It was a dream come true for Kingdom, who told VIBE that she came to tears when the Worl’ Boss sent her a DM (direct message) wanting to work with her. Even though she has already locked another collab with Kartel – her Heavy remix – she aspires to do many more songs with the deejay.

Release date: January 10, 2020

Producer: Adidjahiem Records

Riddim/Album: To Tanesha

12. Run Dancehall – Lisa Mercedez

Run Dancehall with Kartel and UK-based Dancehall singer Lisa Mercedez gave audiences a dance-ready party banger to close out the summer in 2020. In her short but very buzzy hook, Mercedez bolsters the Worl’ Boss’ claims to the Dancehall throne, as she effortlessly sings “Yoo, Di WorldBoss cya stall, Yo a Addi a d King and him a run Dancehall.”

Release date: August 21, 2020

Producer: Jermaine JB Baker Productions


11. Baby O – Etana

In 2021, Kartel dialed things way back for Reggae Soul singer Etana on an untainted love song dubbed Baby O. The song’s charming music video captured the love stories of several couples as Kartel hit some pretty sweet and innocent notes. Baby O formed part of Etana’s 15-track project Pamoja, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album at the 64th Grammy Awards.

Release date: April 29, 2021

Producer: Freemind Music LLC

Riddim/Album: Pamoja

10. Ride It – Shaneil Muir

In 2022, vocalist Shaneil Muir recruited Kartel for the single Ride It – a song delivering a potent exchange of expectations for what they promise each other will be an exciting ride. As the usually virtuous singer switched gears into the lewd underworld of Dancehall, fans flocked to the Shane Creative-directed music video which now sits at almost 9 million views.

Release date: March 4, 2022

Producer: Shab Don

Riddim/Album: Active Riddim

9. You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) – Rihanna

Bajan superstar Rihanna produced an unlikely duet with the Worl Boss back in 2005, covering Dawn Penn’s 1994 mega-hit, You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) for Riri’s debut studio album Music of the Sun (2005). Sticking to his gallis persona, Kartel doesn’t take “no” for an answer in his verses, slyly singing, “Don’t you tell me no, please to tell me yes …”

Release date: August 29, 2005

Producer: Carl Sturke, Evan Rogers, and “Supa Dups” Chin-quee

Riddim/Album: Music Of The Sun

8. You and Him Deh – Sheba

In another lovers’ spat with the Worl’ Boss, GAZA diva Sheba struck gold again, appearing on the hit single You and Him Deh in 2011. Not only did the song establish her as a dominable force on the local music scene, but also as a collaborator on one of the most unforgettable tracks in Dancehall history.

Release date: December 19, 2010

Producer: NotNice

Riddim/Album: S-Class Riddim

7. Anything A Anything – Gaza Slim (Vanessa Bling)

Vanessa Bling would prove she was a force to be reckoned with yet again, voicing some catchy lyrics with Kartel in Anything A Anything.

Release date: November 4, 2010

Producer: True Loyal Records

Riddim/Album: Block Factory Riddim

6. Conjugal Visit – Spice

After his incarceration in 2011, Spice, hoping to produce another smash hit with the Worl Boss, revived an unreleased song they’d previously recorded and dubbed it Conjugal Visit. She would go on to shoot the XTreme Arts-directed music video with a Vybz Kartel look-a-like to send fans wild. The video garnered over 2 million views on WorldStarHipHop within one day. The song later appeared on the QOD’s debut EP So Mi Like It in 2014.

Release date: November 28, 2014

Producer: TJ Records

Riddim/Album: So Mi Like It EP

5. Virginity – Gaza Indu

Kartel tapped Gaza Indu, one of the five original female members of the Portmore Empire to voice on the single Virginity in 2009. The very explicit single, produced by Rvssian (Jeans & Fitted, Freaky Gal, Go Go Club) would journal their ‘first time’ in vivid details, producing a true hardcore Dancehall tune for the times.

Release date: April 20, 2010

Producer: Rvssian

Riddim/Album: Beach Front Riddim

4. Loodi – Shenseea

Despite the controversy that followed its release, producer Elvis Redwood of So Unique Records probably made the right call to put the then up-and-coming Shenseea on Kartel’s Loodi, which made the song a hit and helped to catapult her career.

Release date: November 11, 2016

Producer: So Unique

Riddim/Album: Loodi Riddim

3. Gal A Weh Do You – Sheba

Sheba Di Diva, one of the original first ladies of the now defunct GAZA Empire, appeared with Kartel on the infectious Gal A Weh Do You back in 2010. The song parodied a spiteful partner confronting her cheating spouse, asking in the verses, “Suppose mi sleep with you best friend, deh wid you enemy, have a youth fi you uncle, tell me how you would ah feel? … Everything you do mi, mi ado you back!” A rueful yet evasive Kartel would reply on the hook, “Gal a weh mi do make you do mi dat?”

Release date: January 1, 2009

Producer: NotNice

Riddim/Album: English Town Riddim

2. One Man – Gaza Slim (Vanessa Bling)

Vanessa Bling

Vybz Kartel introduced the world to his new GAZA recruit Vanessa Bling aka Gaza Slim back in 2010 with the release of this monster collab One Man. The then 19-year-old bodied the NotNice Records and Adidjahiem Records-produced riddim with her signature voice.

Release date: April 25, 2011

Producer: NotNice

Riddim/Album: Introducing Vanessa Bling as Gaza Slim / Toaster Riddim

1. Romping Shop – Spice

THROWBACK: Kartel and Spice

Topping our list is Romping Shop featuring Spice. Released in 2009, this iconic Dancehall hit invited listeners inside one of the duo’s spicy encounters. However, the original track (and best version), which had sampled American singer Ne-Yo’s Miss Independent, had to be pulled after the King and Queen Of Dancehall were threatened with a cease and desist, following their failure to obtain clearance. In 2022, Ne-Yo claimed that he wanted to clear it, but producer NotNice explained that the cease and desist was enforced, despite an offer to give up publishing.

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