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Vybz Kartel


Vybz Kartel (born Adidja Palmer, Jan. 7, 1976) is a Jamaican dancehall deejay.

He was born at Kingston's Victoria Jubilee Hospital, and was one of six children. Originally from Waterhouse, Kingston, he was raised in the Waterford district in the community Portmore, Jamaica. Adidja attended Calabar High School in Kingston but was expelled as a teenager. Determined to continue his education, he completed his studies at a tutorial technical school.

He was exposed to a wide variety of music from a tender age by two uncles who were themselves aspiring musicians. Every weekend he was treated to new musical offerings, on his uncle's old component set, ranging from Sam Cooke to country and western ballads to Ninja Man, who became one of his musical heroes.

At 10 his favorites included artists as diverse as Ninja Man, Papa San, Charlie Chaplin, Will Smith and KRS-1, all of whose lyrics he would study word-for-word, performing them later for friends.

He decided he wanted to be a deejay and began writing his own lyrics when he was 11. Eager to flaunt his skills, Adidja and his friends frequented the weekly Gong Talent Show at the Coney Amusement Park on the outskirts of Kingston. To their chagrin, they were always gonged off when they got a chance to perform.

Undeterred by his weekly failure to impress the talent show audience, Adidja decided to hone his skills and concentrate on winning over his own community of Waterford until he was ready for bigger things. With that goal in mind, on weekends he would practise on neighborhood sound systems Soul Signal and Electric Force.

In 1993, Adidja recorded his first single, "Love Fat Woman," for Alvin Reid's One Heart Label under the name Adi Banton, a name he chose in tribute to a role model, Buju Banton. He recorded several more tracks for local producers, perfecting his craft.

In 1996 he and two friends, Mr. Lee and a singer called Escobar, decided to form a group. One night, after watching a movie about Pablo Escobar and his infamous cartel, Adidja came up with a name for his trio: Vibes Cartel.

Vybz Kartel's new role as Killer's protege caught the attention of the public and led to a meteoric career rise, first as a ghost-writer for Bounty, Elephant Man and other members of the Scare Dem Crew, followed by collaborations with Bounty Killer, such as "Gal Clown" and "Girls Like Mine (Liquid Riddim)."

He came into his own with early hits like "Gun Clown," "Guns Like Mine (Trafalga Riddim)," "Badman (Panty Raid Riddim)," "Bus Mi Gun Like Nuttn," "Most High (Mexican Riddim)" and "War Organizer (Clappas Riddim)." He also had a string of successful collaborations with Wayne Marshall, including "New Millennium (Mad Antz Riddim)," "Why (Krazy Riddim)" and "Why Again (Good To Go Riddim)." This unprecedented debut led to Vybz Kartel being crowned 2002 Deejay of the Year at Stone Love's 30th anniversary, a feat unmatched by any new artist in dancehall.

Kartel has--aside from incredible rhymes and subtle, clever pop culture references--a unique lyrical flow all his own. It is to be noted that Kartel rarely does dance "chunes" along the lines of Elephant man or Beenie Man. Nevertheless, he has already had several high-profile collaborations with international hip-hop and pop stars, and is being touted as the next big thing in dancehall.

In terms of singles sold, he has had the second-best year on the 2003 reggae charts, outsold only by Elephant Man, and has released two albums this year for UK label Greensleeves. He was featured twice on the Def Jamaica project, and nominated for Source, VIBE and UK MOBO awards. His MOBO nominations, along with those of Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Sizzla, were subsequently withdrawn over concerns of homophobia, a common issue with dancehall reggae in general.

His video for "New Millennium/Why," with Wayne Marshall, though decidedly low-budget, has seen play on MTV. His underground following is so large that a bootleg version of, in his own words, "a very, very low budget film" made in 2001 has begun circulating. He has two albums, several mixtapes and a prolific library of singles.

In 2005, Vybz and Bountkiller fell out after Vybz preformed a song with Di Angel, Beenie's former girl, "Yuh Know Yuh Baby Father." Vybz walked out of the Alliance. Aidonia also left, because he took Vybz side, falling out with Busy Signal and making the song "Adid A Mi Daddy Who Wa Vex Wan Vex." It was said Vybz took side with Beenie by showing up at his wedding. Vybz said Beenie was his artist and would not and that's as far as it went. Afterwards, he and Movado which led to throwing of words through songs like "Movado di Failla," "Them Start War and Dead" and "Them a Pu@#* Pon di Battle." But this mis happas only made Mr.Palmer express his war side.

Vybz is the head of the territorial gangland in Portmore known as the Gaza and Mavado is the same for the Gully. Due to their feud a physical war arose between people in the two areas. Fans loyal to each artist have taken part as well. Their fan base in the youths has been seen, as entire schools claiming to be Gully or Gaza supporters have been known not just in Jamaica but in other Caribbean countries such as Trinidad to break out into physical war resulting in stabbings and street fights.

Following the 2009 Summit of the Americas the Jamaican government called a meetings between Vybz Kartel and Mavado calling on them to end the war. Since its conclusion both artists have turned away from war songs and focused on different topics, Kartel on women and Mavado on uplifting the people, although both still make songs of all types.

Following differences with record label Greensleeves, Vybz Kartel changed his name to Addi Di Teacha near the end of 2006. All new material he produces will be released under this name. Greensleeves will continue to release his older, unreleased material under the name Vybz Kartel.

He now owns the label Portmore Empire, founded in 2007, on which releases new deejays' music. To clear up why this was done he had an interview with Antony Miller. "If I had join Moffia House, I would be taking side which I said I would not do," he said.

He owns a rum called STREET VYBZ as well as a condom line called DAGGERING.

Recently, he collaborated with artists like D.I. aka Daniel and Di Angel--Beenie man's former wife. But that's another story...

In 2011 Kartel has recently come under fire for bleaching his skin, something that is frowned upon in Jamaican culture and even Kartel spoken against it in past songs. He has come under even more fire for his rumored involvement in devil worship with a satanic group known as the Illuminati, which is known to have other popular musicains such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna.



Song lyric Realest Thing REALEST THING Vybz Kartel
Song lyric 12 Gauge 12 GAUGE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric A Dat A Gwan A DAT A GWAN Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Any Weather ANY WEATHER Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Back to Life BACK TO LIFE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Beyonce wine BEYONCE WINE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Bicycle Ride BICYCLE RIDE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Boom It Off BOOM IT OFF Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Clarks CLARKS Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Colouring This Life COLOURING THIS LIFE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Come Home COME HOME Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Dem no Ready DEM NO READY Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Deso It Deh DESO IT DEH Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Do Di Maths (Wah Do You) DO DI MATHS (WAH DO YOU) Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Emergency EMERGENCY Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Faggot Correction FAGGOT CORRECTION Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Fever FEVER Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Four Seasons FOUR SEASONS Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Freaky Gal Part 2 FREAKY GAL PART 2 Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Get Gal Eazy GET GAL EAZY Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Go Go Club GO GO CLUB Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Great GREAT Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Gun Session GUN SESSION Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Hi HI Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Hi-Profile HI-PROFILE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Highest Level HIGHEST LEVEL Vybz Kartel
Song lyric I Neva I NEVA Vybz Kartel
Song lyric I Smoke Weed I SMOKE WEED Vybz Kartel
Song lyric I'll Take You There I'LL TAKE YOU THERE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric In Heaven IN HEAVEN Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Infrared INFRARED Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Life Story LIFE STORY Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Like a Movie LIKE A MOVIE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Loodi LOODI Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Love It LOVE IT Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Lyricist LYRICIST Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Mad Dawg MAD DAWG Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Mamacita MAMACITA Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Mhm Hm MHM HM Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Miracle MIRACLE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Missing You a Lot MISSING YOU A LOT Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Money Over War MONEY OVER WAR Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Poco Whine POCO WHINE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Poor People Land POOR PEOPLE LAND Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Real Bad Gal REAL BAD GAL Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Rep REP Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Right Wine RIGHT WINE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Robbery ROBBERY Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Romping Shop ROMPING SHOP Vybz Kartel
Song lyric School Bus SCHOOL BUS Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Secret SECRET Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Sen On SEN ON Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Sexability SEXABILITY Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Slow Motion SLOW MOTION Vybz Kartel
Song lyric So What SO WHAT Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Start Well START WELL Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Story of My Life STORY OF MY LIFE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Success Story SUCCESS STORY Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Summer Time SUMMER TIME Vybz Kartel
Song lyric The Lyricist THE LYRICIST Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Tightest Punani TIGHTEST PUNANI Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Too Badmind TOO BADMIND Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Tun Back Way TUN BACK WAY Vybz Kartel
Song lyric U.F.O Medz U.F.O MEDZ Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Under Water UNDER WATER Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Unstoppable UNSTOPPABLE Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Visa VISA Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Watch Over Us WATCH OVER US Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Weed Smoker WEED SMOKER Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Wine Fi Money WINE FI MONEY Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Wine To Di Top WINE TO DI TOP Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Wine to the Top WINE TO THE TOP Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Without My Own WITHOUT MY OWN Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Work Out WORK OUT Vybz Kartel
Song lyric Yuh Love OFFICIAL VIDEO YUH LOVE OFFICIAL VIDEO Vybz Kartel