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Vybz Kartel (Adidja Azim Palmer) is a Jamaican dancehall deejay, lyricist and entrepreneur

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BirthdayJanuary 7, 1976
NationalityJamaican
FamousSongwriters, Business People, Lyricists & Songwriters, Singers, Reggae Singers
SpousesStacy Elliott (m. 2006–2008), Tanesha Johnson
Known asAdidja Azim Palmer
Childrens Little Addi, Little Vybz
Universities
  • Calabar High School
Birth PlaceKingston
Height183cm
GenderMale
Net Worth$5.5 million as of Oct 23,2016
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inKingston
Famous asSongwriter

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Who is Vybz Kartel?

Jamaican-born Vybz Kartel is a notorious dancehall reggae artist, who has recorded some highly successful reggae singles. Presently, he is serving life imprisonment for the murder of Clive ‘Lizzard’ Williams. Leaving aside his controversial life, he is famous songwriter and dancehall reggae artist, an interest which developed during childhood while listening to renowned artists, like Papa San, Ninja Man, and KRS-1. Eventually, he began writing at a tender age of 11 and released his first single ‘Love Fat Woman’ at 17. Thereafter, there was no looking back for this budding deejay, who went on to record more singles before forming his own group ‘Vibes Cartel’, along with two other friends. Though the group didn’t prove successful, he modified the name and adopted it as a solo artist – Vybz Kartel. A string of hit solo singles followed - some of them being ‘Guns Like Mine’, ‘Badman’, ‘Most High’, ‘War Organizer’, ‘Romping Shop’, and ‘Clarks Again’. Some of his career’s best music albums are ‘Up 2 Di Time’, ‘More Up 2 Di Time’, ‘J.M.T.’, ‘Pon Di Gaza 2.0’, and ‘Kingston Story’

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Childhood & Early Life

Vybz Kartel was born as Adidja Azim Palmer on January 7, 1976, in Kingston, Surrey, Jamaica.

He went to Calabar High School, Kingston, but was expelled at the age of 16. He then attended a tutorial technical school and completed his education, performing extremely well in mathematics, geography, literature and English.

He was fascinated by music from a very young age and his two aspiring musician uncles motivated him further.

He considered popular artists, like Will Smith, Charlie Chaplin, Papa San, Ninja Man, and KRS-1, as his heroes and started writing lyrics at the age of 11.

Career

In 1993, he released his first single ‘Love Fat Woman’ for Alvin Reid’s label ‘One Heart’ under the name Adi Banton, as a tribute to one of his role models, Buju Banton.

He continued to record more tracks for local producers until 1996, when he formed his own group Vibes Cartel, along with his friends Mr. Lee and singer Escobar.

The group didn’t last long, but he chose to adopt the name in an altered form, Vybz Kartel and became a solo artist.

While performing a stage show ‘Champions in Action’ in his hometown, Portmore, in 1998, he was noticed by Bounty Killer, a popular dancehall singer of ‘The Alliance’.

As a protégé of Killer, he began writing lyrics for Killer, Elephant Man and other members of Scare Dem Crew. He also collaborated with Killer on the famous ‘Gal Clown’ and ‘Girls Like Mine (Liquid Riddim)’.

In 2002, he moved ahead to record solo singles and released a string of best-selling solos, such as ‘Most High’, ‘Guns Like Mine’, ‘Badman’, ‘Bus Mi Gun Like Nuttn’, and ‘War Organizer’.

He collaborated with reggae singer Wayne Marshall to deliver some successful hits, like ‘Why (Krazy Riddim)’, ‘New Millennium (Mad Antz Riddim)’, and ‘Why Again (Good To Go Riddim)’.

By 2003, he was delivering hits after hits, grabbing the second best place for the most singles sold in the reggae charts, losing to fellow Alliance member Elephant Man.

He released his debut album ‘Up 2 Di Time’ in 2003, and later made worldwide headlines with a planned on-stage clash with Ninjaman during the annual dancehall festival, Sting.

He recorded two more albums ‘More Up 2 Di Time’ (2004) and ‘J.M.T.’ (2005), before his dispute with Killer. The dispute arose after he attended Killer’s fierce rival Beenie Man’s wedding with the former’s ex-girlfriend.

After falling out with Killer, he joined Beanie Man in 2006 and immediately recorded a series of disc tracks targeting Killer’s new protégé, Mavado.

He formed the Portmore Empire in 2006, which included young artists from his hometown Portmore, who recorded under his own label, Adidjaheim Records/Notnice Productions.

Over the next few years, the young dancehall fans were divided into two groups – Gaza (those supporting Kartel) and Gully (those siding Mavado). His 2009 single ‘Live We Living’ was a call for peace to end enmity between the two.

As an entrepreneur, he launched a liquor line, Street Vybz Rum, and a condom line, Daggering Condoms, in 2008.

In 2009, both the artists were called by Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding for a peace meeting to end the feud and planned a peace concert in Barbados, featuring both the artists, but it was canceled by the country’s Cultural Minister.

His 2010 single ‘Clarks’ turned out to be a huge hit in the international market, urging him to record two more follow-up singles – ‘Clarks 2 (Clarks Again)’ and ‘Clarks 3 (Wear Weh Yuh Have)’, about the shoe brand, both becoming hits.

He recorded his next album ‘Pon Di Gaza 2.0’ in 2010, which had successful singles ‘Ramping Shop’ and ‘Life Sweet’. ‘Kingston Story’ followed the next year with Brooklyn producer Dre Skull, whose singles became chartbusters.

A dispute between the partners stopped the production of Street Vybz rum in 2011, but was resumed in 2012 after the two resolved their matters.

As a first for a Jamaican dancehall artist, he launched his own reality television show ‘Teacha’s Pet’, which aired on CVM Jamaica broadcast channel but was discontinued after his arrest in 2011.

He was arrested for carrying marijuana in September 2011 and was later imprisoned for the murder of Jamaican businessman and music promoter, Barrington Burton.

He was granted bail in March 2013, but remained in jail on charges of the murder of Clive ‘Lizzard’ Williams in August 2011.

He co-authored a book ‘The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto: Incarcerated but not Silenced’ with business associate Michael Dawson and released it in 2012, while still in jail.

After a 65-day trial, considered to be the longest in the history of Jamaica, he was found guilty and imprisoned for life in April 2014, with his eligibility for parole coming after 35 years.

Awards & Achievements

He won the ‘Deejay of the Year’ title at the 30th anniversary party of Stone Love Sound System, in 2002.

In 2008, he received an award at the Caribbean Urban Music Awards (CUMA).

He won three EME awards in 2009 – Male DJ of the Year, Lyricist/Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year (Romping Shop ft. Spice).

Personal Life & Legacy

He married New York bank supervisor, Stacy-Ann Alicia Elliott, in 2006 in a private ceremony in Cross Roads, Kingston. The wedding didn’t last long and the couple ended their two-year marriage with a divorce in 2008, on allegations of Stacy giving birth to a son that was fathered by another man.

Currently, he is married to Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, with whom he has three sons.

Net Worth

Vybz Kartel has a net worth of $1 million dollars.

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Vybz Kartel biography timelines

  • // 7th Jan 1976
    Vybz Kartel was born as Adidja Azim Palmer on January 7, 1976, in Kingston, Surrey, Jamaica.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he released his first single ‘Love Fat Woman’ for Alvin Reid’s label ‘One Heart’ under the name Adi Banton, as a tribute to one of his role models, Buju Banton.
  • // 1996
    He continued to record more tracks for local producers until 1996, when he formed his own group Vibes Cartel, along with his friends Mr. Lee and singer Escobar.
  • // 1998
    While performing a stage show ‘Champions in Action’ in his hometown, Portmore, in 1998, he was noticed by Bounty Killer, a popular dancehall singer of ‘The Alliance’.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, he moved ahead to record solo singles and released a string of best-selling solos, such as ‘Most High’, ‘Guns Like Mine’, ‘Badman’, ‘Bus Mi Gun Like Nuttn’, and ‘War Organizer’.
  • // 2002
    He won the ‘Deejay of the Year’ title at the 30th anniversary party of Stone Love Sound System, in 2002.
  • // 2003
    By 2003, he was delivering hits after hits, grabbing the second best place for the most singles sold in the reggae charts, losing to fellow Alliance member Elephant Man.
  • // 2003
    He released his debut album ‘Up 2 Di Time’ in 2003, and later made worldwide headlines with a planned on-stage clash with Ninjaman during the annual dancehall festival, Sting.
  • // 2004 To 2005
    He recorded two more albums ‘More Up 2 Di Time’ (2004) and ‘J.M.T.’ (2005), before his dispute with Killer. The dispute arose after he attended Killer’s fierce rival Beenie Man’s wedding with the former’s ex-girlfriend.
  • // 2006
    After falling out with Killer, he joined Beanie Man in 2006 and immediately recorded a series of disc tracks targeting Killer’s new protégé, Mavado.
  • // 2006
    He formed the Portmore Empire in 2006, which included young artists from his hometown Portmore, who recorded under his own label, Adidjaheim Records/Notnice Productions.
  • // 2006 To 2008
    He married New York bank supervisor, Stacy-Ann Alicia Elliott, in 2006 in a private ceremony in Cross Roads, Kingston. The wedding didn’t last long and the couple ended their two-year marriage with a divorce in 2008, on allegations of Stacy giving birth to a son that was fathered by another man.
  • // 2008
    As an entrepreneur, he launched a liquor line, Street Vybz Rum, and a condom line, Daggering Condoms, in 2008.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he received an award at the Caribbean Urban Music Awards (CUMA).
  • // 2009
    Over the next few years, the young dancehall fans were divided into two groups – Gaza (those supporting Kartel) and Gully (those siding Mavado). His 2009 single ‘Live We Living’ was a call for peace to end enmity between the two.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, both the artists were called by Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding for a peace meeting to end the feud and planned a peace concert in Barbados, featuring both the artists, but it was canceled by the country’s Cultural Minister.
  • // 2009
    He won three EME awards in 2009 – Male DJ of the Year, Lyricist/Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year (Romping Shop ft. Spice).
  • // 2010
    His 2010 single ‘Clarks’ turned out to be a huge hit in the international market, urging him to record two more follow-up singles – ‘Clarks 2 (Clarks Again)’ and ‘Clarks 3 (Wear Weh Yuh Have)’, about the shoe brand, both becoming hits.
  • // 2010
    He recorded his next album ‘Pon Di Gaza 2.0’ in 2010, which had successful singles ‘Ramping Shop’ and ‘Life Sweet’. ‘Kingston Story’ followed the next year with Brooklyn producer Dre Skull, whose singles became chartbusters.
  • // 2011 To 2012
    A dispute between the partners stopped the production of Street Vybz rum in 2011, but was resumed in 2012 after the two resolved their matters.
  • // 2011
    As a first for a Jamaican dancehall artist, he launched his own reality television show ‘Teacha’s Pet’, which aired on CVM Jamaica broadcast channel but was discontinued after his arrest in 2011.
  • // Aug 2011 To Mar 2013
    He was granted bail in March 2013, but remained in jail on charges of the murder of Clive ‘Lizzard’ Williams in August 2011.
  • // Sep 2011
    He was arrested for carrying marijuana in September 2011 and was later imprisoned for the murder of Jamaican businessman and music promoter, Barrington Burton.
  • // 2012
    He co-authored a book ‘The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto: Incarcerated but not Silenced’ with business associate Michael Dawson and released it in 2012, while still in jail.
  • // Apr 2014
    After a 65-day trial, considered to be the longest in the history of Jamaica, he was found guilty and imprisoned for life in April 2014, with his eligibility for parole coming after 35 years.

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  • What is Vybz Kartel birthday?

    Vybz Kartel was born at 1976-01-07

  • Where is Vybz Kartel's birth place?

    Vybz Kartel was born in Kingston

  • What is Vybz Kartel nationalities?

    Vybz Kartel's nationalities is Jamaican

  • Who is Vybz Kartel spouses?

    Vybz Kartel's spouses is Stacy Elliott (m. 2006–2008), Tanesha Johnson

  • Who is Vybz Kartel childrens?

    Vybz Kartel's childrens is Little Addi, Little Vybz

  • What was Vybz Kartel universities?

    Vybz Kartel studied at Calabar High School

  • How tall is Vybz Kartel?

    Vybz Kartel's height is 183

  • What is Vybz Kartel's sun sign?

    Vybz Kartel is Capricorn

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