Vybz Kartel

Adidja Azim Palmer (born 7 January 1976), better known as Vybz Kartel, is a Jamaican recording artist, record producer and entrepreneur. Some of his singles include “Clarks”, “Romping Shop”, “Summertime”, “Dancehall Hero” and “Fever” (2016). Vybz Kartel has collaborated with a number of prominent artists, such as Major Lazer, Rihanna and Jay Z. In 2014, at the age of 38, Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his associate Clive “Lizard” Williams. He will not be eligible for parole until 2049, once he has served 35 years in jail. Despite being imprisoned, Kartel continues to release new music prolifically, releasing over 50 new songs in 2016 alone. Kartel started his career as a teenager in 1993 with his first recording “Love Fat Woman”, released on Alvin Reid’s label “One Heart”, using the moniker “Adi Banton”, an homage to Buju Banton.

Palmer was later part of the three-member group “Vybz Cartel”, keeping the name after the group split up, and became a protege of Bounty Killer, for whom he claims to have written nearly 30 songs, including “Gal Clown”. Vybz Kartel rose to prominence in 2003 after a string of hits in Jamaica. The year culminated in a pre-planned on-stage clash with Ninjaman at the annual dancehall festival Sting in Kartel’s hometown of Portmore. The clash turned violent when Kartel’s crewmembers, as well as Kartel himself, threw punches and assaulted Ninjaman onstage. While Kartel’s manager initially blamed Ninjaman,[9] Kartel himself quickly apologised to Ninjaman and Sting organizers for the fracas. Four days after the incident, the two artists appeared before the press to announce a settlement of their differences and to end any animosity.

He established his own label Adidjahiem/Notnice Records with his business partner and producer Ainsley “Notnice” Morris. In 2010, he released his album Pon Di Gaza 2.0 on Adidjahiem/Notnice Records in collaboration with Tads Record Inc. In Spring 2011, Vybz Kartel released an album on Mixpak Records entitled ‘Kingston Story’ with Brooklyn hip hop/electro producer Dre Skull. From the beginning to midst of his ongoing career, Kartel released a number of albums through the UK based label Greensleeves Records, such as ‘Up 2 Di Time’, ‘More Up 2 Di Time’, J.M.T. and more.

On 29 September 2011, Kartel was arrested by police for marijuana possession. Jamaica’s Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) later charged him with the murder of a Jamaican businessman, Barrington Burton, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm. While in prison in 2012, his book The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto: Incarcerated but not Silenced, co-written with business associate Michael Dawson, was published. Though Kartel was granted bail for the Burton murder on 23 March 2012 for JD$3,000,000, he remained in jail in connection with a second murder, of one Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, of Waterford, St Catherine.

He was charged, along with two others including Vanessa “Gaza Slim” Saddler, with perverting the course of justice, after Saddler allegedly claimed that Williams had robbed her in order to mislead the police into believing that he was still alive. Kartel’s trial was originally scheduled for 21 January 2013, but had to be postponed due to a lack of jurors, and was rescheduled for 11 July.

On 24 July a jury found Kartel not guilty of the charge of murder of Barrington Burton. However, Kartel remained in custody pending the second murder case. His trial for the murder of Clive Williams started on 18 November 2013, and on 13 March 2014 he was found guilty by an eleven-member jury (10-1) of murder of 27-year-old Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. The 65-day trial was said to have been the longest in Jamaica’s history. On 3 April 2014, Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment. Justice Lennox Campbell said he would be eligible for parole after serving 35 years.


Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: Colouring This Life
Album: King Of The Dancehall (Explicit)
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Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: Gon’ Get Better
Album: Viking (Vybz Is King) (Explicit)
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Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: You Want Me
Title: Reggae Love Songs
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Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: Bubble Hard
Album: Kartel Forever: Trilogy (Explicit)
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Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: Thank You Jah
Album: The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto…
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Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: Go Go Wine (Explicit)
Album: Kingston Story
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Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: Romping Shop
Title: Pon Di Gaza 2.0
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Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: Pussy Jaw (Explicit)
Album: Most Wanted
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Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: Bruk Out (Explicit)
Album: The Teacher’s Back
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Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: Car Man
Title: J.M.T. (Explicit)
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Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: Picture This (Explicit)
Album: More Up 2 Di Time
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Title: Maths Automatic
Album: Timeless (CD)
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Artist: Vybz Kartel
Title: Tattoo (Explicit)
Album: Up 2 Di Time
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Title: Good Inna Clothes
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Studio albums

King of the Dancehall (2016), Viking (Vybz Is King) (2015), Reggae Love Songs (2014), Kartel Forever: Trilogy (2013), The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto – Incarcerated But Not Silenced (2013), Kingston Story (2011), Pon Di Gaza 2.0 (2010), Most Wanted (2009), The Teacher’s Back (2008), J.M.T. (2005), More Up 2 Di Time (2004), Timeless (2004), Up 2 Di Time (2003).

Extended Plays

Hibachi for Lunch” (2016), “Daniel Son; Necklace Don” (2016), “Felt Like Cappin” (2016), “Trap-A-Velli Tre” (2015), “T.R.U. Jack City (with The Real University)” (2015 (US)), “Freebase” (2014 (US)), “T.R.U. REALigion” (2011 (US)), “Codeine Cowboy (A 2 Chainz Collective)” (2011 (US)), “Trap-A-Velli 2: (The Residue)” (2010 (US)), “Me Against the World 2: Codeine Withdrawal” (2010 (US)), “Trap-A-Velli[” (2009 (US)), “All Ice on Me” (2009 (US)), Me Against the World (2007 (US)).

As lead artist

Badman Sittin” (2013 Single only), “Dancehall Hero” (2013 Kartel Forever Trilogy), “Me A Pree” (2013 Kartel Forever Trilogy), “Bubble Hard” (2013 Kartel Forever Trilogy), “Summer Time” (2013 Kartel Forever Trilogy), “Ghetto Life” (2013 Kartel Forever Trilogy), “Look Pon We” (2013 Kartel Forever Trilogy), “Back to Life” (2013 Kartel Forever Trilogy), “Love U Baby” (2013 Unstoppable), “Daddy Devil” (2012 Gaza Man Crazy EP), “Betray Di Gaza Boss” (featuring Tommy Lee) (2013 Unstoppable), “Informer” (featuring Tommy Lee) (2012 Single only), “Party Vibes” (2012 Single only), “Looking Glass” (2012 Single only), “The Cure (Fi Badmind)” (featuring Russian), “Lip Gloss (Cover Girl)” (2012), “Dweet We a Dweet (Do It)” (2012), “Right Now” (featuring Stylish), “Good Father”/”Mi Sorry” (2012), “Street Vybz Girl” (2012 Mentally Free),

“Reparation” (featuring Gaza Slim) (2012 Mentally Free), “Party Me Say (Me Nice)” (2012 Mentally Free), “Yuh Love” (2011 Kingston Story), “Go Go Wine” (2011 Kingston Story), “Slew Dem Like David” (2011 Single only), “Sex & the City” (2011 Single only), “Tell You Say” (2011 Single only), “Step Up Inna Life” (2011 Single only), “All Out” (2011 Single only), “Like Xmas” (2010 Single only), “Know Bout Me” (2010 Single only), “Clarks Again” (2010 Single only), “Last Man Standing” (2009 Pon di Gaza 2.0), “Go Fi Dem Anyweh” (2009 Pon di Gaza 2.0), “Life Sweet” (2009 Pon di Gaza 2.0), “Romping Shop” (featuring Spice) (2009 Pon di Gaza 2.0), “Picture This” (2004 More Up 2 Di Time), “Tekk Buddy” (2004 More Up 2 Di Time).

As featured artist

“Pon de Floor” (Major Lazer featuring Vybz Kartel) (2010 Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do), “Been Around the World” (Zena featuring Vybz Kartel) (2003 Single only).

Guest appearances

“Wine & Go Down” Busta Rhymes (featuring Vybz Kartel) (2012 Year of the Dragon), “Pon De Floor” Major Lazer (featuring Vybz Kartel) (2009 Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do), “Herbs Promotion” Tarrus Riley (featuring Demarco and Vybz Kartel) (2009 Contagious), “Colors 2007” Sean Kingston (Reggae Remix) (featuring Vybz Kartel and Kardinal Official) (2007 Sean Kingston), “Descarada (Dance)” Pitbull (featuring Vybz Kartel) (2006 El Mariel), “Bad Man” Missy Elliott (featuring Vybz Kartel and M.I.A.) (2005 The Cookbook), “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)” Rihanna (featuring Vybz Kartel) (2005 Music of the Sun).


Kartel has had several collaborations with international hip hop and pop stars. He has released two albums for the UK/US based label Greensleeves Records. He was also nominated for the Source, VIBE and UK MOBO awards, although his 2004 UK MOBO award nomination was withdrawn amidst controversy over homophobic content of his lyrics.

(2003) Stone Love’s 30th Anniversary DJ of the Year 2005, (2008) CUMA (Caribbean Urban Music Awards), (2009) EME Awards – Male DJ of the Year, Lyricist/Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year (Romping Shop ft. Spice), (2010) EME Awards.

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