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Background information
Birth nameShakal Carty
Born (1985-01-06) January 6, 1985 (age 39)
Saint Ann, Jamaica
  • Dancehall
  • reggae fusion
  • afrobeats
  • reggaeton
record producer
CitizenshipUnited States of America

Shalkal (born January 6, 1985) is a Jamaican dancehall/reggae artist,[1] realtor, author and developer.[2][3][4] Shalkal is best known for his songs that are inspired by his Jamaican Heritage, such as Envious So, Come Money Come, Fi You Money, and Ungrateful Maga Dog.[5] Shalkal is regarded as one of the genre's most prolific Jamaican artists.[6][7][8][9] Shalkal is also a owner of a townhome complex called Bella Rula. Shalkal nominated for Chicago Music Awards.[10]

Shalkal has gained much popularity in the country and has even sparked numerous dance videos on multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, and YouTube. Shalkal’s music is available on his website as well as on all the music streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Discogs, and YouTube.[11]

In 2021, Shakal also authored a book Put God First that was available on Amazon for sale.[12]

Early life and education

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Shalkal was born on January 6, 1985, in Jamaica.[13] He grew up in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, where he attended York Castle High in Brown's Town. While growing up in an artistically inclined family, Shalkal participated in numerous lyrical competitions and everyday challenges, which resulted in him inhabiting his music style, which is infused with riddles and metaphors.


Shalkal joined a leading real estate firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Even after working full-time as a realtor/developer, Shalkal follows his passion for composing music. Shalkal’s debut song was released in 2019, titled Envious So, which immediately became a success. Soon after, Shalkal released his other popular songs Ghetto Party (2022), Destiny (2023), and Karma (2023).[14]

Shalkal is presently working on his next songs and is set to release an EP by the end of 2023. Shalkal has also assisted several local artists in writing lyrics for their song.[15][16][17]

Music Style

Shalkal’s music style is heavily influenced by the Jamaican culture and falls under the category of Dancehall and Reggae. His lyrics promote messages that reflect various aspects of society; for example, his song Ungrateful Maga Dog, released in 2020, encourages people to appreciate the help they get from others, especially when they rise to the top.[18][19]


Singles & EPs
Year Song Label Notes
2020 Put God First[20] Shalkal music Production
2021 Shalkal - Put God First (Official Audio) ft. Ninja Lipsy Shalkal music Production
2021 Shalkal - The plea Shalkal music Production
2021 Shalkal - The plea remix Shalkal music Production
2022 Hush Shalkal Music Production
2022 Ghetto Party Shalkal Music Production
2022 Gallis Shalkal Music Production
2023 The Diary Shalkal Music Production


  • Envious So (2019)
  • Come Money Come (2019)
  • Money Dance (2020)
  • Fi You Money (2020)
  • PutGod First (2020)

Awards and nominations

Chicago Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2023 Karma Best Reggae Entertainer Nominated


  • Carty, Shalkal. Put God First. Retrieved 30 August 2021.[21]

In the media



  1. "Shalkal". IMDb. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  2. "Shalkal: How the World Went Crazy for the New King of Dancehall". Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  3. Thomas, Kyle (22 January 2021). "Shalkal is Excited to Expand His Audience Internationally With Real Music". The Daily News Times. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. "Shalkal Upset That Dancehall Given PR Black Eye Over Spice Obeah Scandal". DancehallMag. 27 December 2020. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  5. "Shalkal talks of the 'Ungrateful Maga Dog'". Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  6. "Shalkal Raises His Voice for The Empowerment of Women". Big News Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  7. "Jamaican artiste engages Zim producer, artiste". H-Metro. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  8. "Shalkal wants Gov't to tackle 'crime monster' | Loop Jamaica". Loop News. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  9. "Shalkal Lands Collab With Zimbabwean Dancehall Artist Ninja Lipsy". DancehallMag. 2021-04-19. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  10. "41st Nominees". chicagomusicawards. Retrieved 3 October 2023.
  11. Digital, Standard. "Learn to take constructive criticism, Jamaican rapper Shalkal to upcoming artistes". Standard Entertainment. Retrieved 5 October 2023.
  12. Carty, Shalkal. Put God First. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  13. "Learn about Shalkal". Famous Birthdays. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  14. "Shalkal says social media chatter around Spice degrades dancehall". Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  15. "Dancehall Artiste Shalkal Shares "Ghetto Party" Inspiration, Working With Epixode". Urban Islandz. 9 April 2022. Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  16. Mahora, Grace (9 March 2022). "Zimbabwe: Jamaican Artiste Hails Local Producers". Retrieved 26 April 2022.
  17. "Shalkal charts his Destiny". Jamaica Observer. 19 January 2023. Retrieved 5 October 2023.
  18. "Shalkal calls out the 'ungrateful'". 14 July 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  19. Muli, Davis. "Jamaican rapper Shalkal: Karma is a force we cannot escape". Standard Entertainment. Retrieved 5 October 2023.
  20. "Shakal says 'Put God First'". 16 November 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  21. "Shalkal Carty". Retrieved 26 April 2022.

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