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Kartel Drops new song, Shape of My Heart Featured

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Vybz Kartel has done a rendition of Sting's 1993 single Shape of My Heart, an unusual choice of song given his recent scatalogical offerings like 'Dancehall Hero' et al, but maybe there is a deeper meaning to his choice of song.

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I know that the spades are swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that's not the shape of my heart

He may play the jack of diamonds
He may lay the queen of spades
He may conceal a king in his hand
While the memory of it fades


What is the Teacha trying to say in this song? In the beginning, he says that his grandmother, the woman who named him Adidja, told
him to sing over this song. Is he giving you a glimpse into who he really is? Do these lines resonate with you when he croons:

I'm not a man of too many faces/The mask I wear is one/Those who speak know nothing. Is it a sly reference to the skin bleaching that his detractors
have seized upon as a point to attack him. Is he saying that he does music for love and not for the ugly profit of all. And why is he doing a Sting song?
Is that yet another tongue-in-cheek reference to his recent actions to derail Jamaica's own Sting? What is the real shape of Kartel's heart? Is this a glimpse behind his "poker face"? And do you care?

The "deck of cards" metaphor is a reference to life and taking chances and risks to accomplish goals. Life as a game is an extended metaphor of Kartel's life given the games that he sometimes plays with other people's emotions and lives, sometimes merely on a whim and a prayer. But is Vybz Kartel more than just a shrewd card-player who has allowed the game to consume him to the point where he is just an emotionless robot going through the motions? Or is he playing "the game" to discover some deeper, spiritual meaning that lie in the probabilities of the game but is just destined to find himself alone at the table? Has he seen his own ugly fate in the cards that have been dealt to him? What will he have gained then? Tell us what you think.

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