Music > Artists > Reggae
Birth Name:
Adidja Palmer


Years Active:
'00s, '10s

Vybz Kartel


A controversial figure and a superstar in his homeland of Jamaica, Vybz Kartel was hailed as one of the leading new artists to emerge from the dancehall scene following the release of his 2003 debut album, Up 2 Di Time. Born and raised in the Waterford district of Jamaica, Kartel was only 12 when he released his first single, "Fat Women," under the name Adi Banton. In 1996, he formed Vibes Cartel with his friends Mr Lee and Escobar, but the group quickly dissolved. Vybz would keep the group's name in altered form and became a solo artist; he soon became the protégé of popular dancehall singer Bounty Killer. Kartel began writing for artists on Bounty's Alliance management roster, including the Killer himself, along with the Scare Dem Crew featuring Elephant Man. Vybz broke out on his own in 2002 with a string of solo hits including "Guns Like Mine," "Badman," and "Most High," along with some collaborative hits with reggae singer Wayne Marshall. Being crowned 2002 deejay of the year at the Stone Love Sound System's 30th anniversary party meant the singer had officially arrived amongst the Jamaican dancehall community, but a year later he would break on a worldwide level, releasing his debut Up 2 Di Time to wide acclaim while making headlines thanks to an on-stage clash with Ninjaman during the Sting festival in Kartel's hometown of Portmore. The planned clash was highly anticipated, but when members of Kartel's crew assaulted Ninjaman on-stage, chaos took over with numerous arrests and the future of Sting coming into question, forcing Kartel to make a public apology while announcing a truce with Ninjaman during a press conference held four days after Sting. If all the gun talk and curse words in the man's songs hadn't already labeled him a possibly "dangerous" artist, the Ninjaman incident surely did.

Top Albums

Talk to Dem - Single, Vybz Kartel
1. Talk to Dem ..
Pon Di Gaza 2.0, Vybz Kartel
2. Pon Di Gaza ..
Kingston Story, Vybz Kartel
3. Kingston Sto..
Kartel Forever: Trilogy, Vybz Kartel
4. Kartel Forev..
Pon Di Gaza, Vybz Kartel
5. Pon Di Gaza
Kingston Story (Deluxe Edition), Vybz Kartel
6. Kingston Sto..
Raw - EP, Vybz Kartel
7. Raw - EP
Colouring Book, Vybz Kartel
8. Colouring Bo..
The Gaza Don, Vybz Kartel
9. The Gaza Don
Dancehall Hero Raw, Vybz Kartel
10. Dancehall He..
The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto - Incarcerated But Not Silenced (Roots & Culture), Vybz Kartel
11. The Voice of..
More Up 2 Di Time, Vybz Kartel
12. More Up 2 Di..
Jmt, Vybz Kartel
13. Jmt
Gaza Man Crazy, Vybz Kartel
14. Gaza Man Cra..
Colliemonster Riddim by Pharfar & Pilfinger
15. Colliemonste..
Vybz Kartel Clarks de Mix Tape Raw (Mixed by DJ Wayne), Vybz Kartel
16. Vybz Kartel ..
Kingston Story, Vybz Kartel
17. Kingston Sto..
Revel Riddim, Vybz Kartel
18. Revel Riddim
Adidjaheim Records Presents Introducing Vanessa Bling As Gaza Slim (feat. Vybz Kartel), Gaza Slim
19. Adidjaheim R..
Gaza 4 Life, Vybz Kartel
20. Gaza 4 Life

Top Songs

Summer TimeGaza Don2:47$0.99
Half On a BabyKingston Story3:38$0.99
Go Go WineKingston Story3:23$0.99
Yuh LoveKingston Story3:47$0.99
BusinessStrictly the Best, Vol. 493:06$1.29
Romping Shop (feat. Spice)Pon Di Gaza 2.03:33$0.99
BicyclePon Di Gaza 2.02:18$0.99
Romping Shop (Raw Version)Romping Shop (Raw Version) ..3:33$0.99
Freaky Gal, Pt. 3Kartel Forever: Trilogy3:30$0.99
BusinessBusiness - Single3:03$0.99
You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)Music of the Sun4:20$0.99
HiHit List, Vol. 52:36$0.99
Ever BlessKartel Forever: Trilogy2:24$0.99
BusinessKartel Forever: Trilogy3:06$0.99
Push It InKingston Story4:09$0.99
BreathlessKingston Story4:08$0.99
Benz PunanyRagga Ragga Ragga 20113:21$0.99
Talk to DemTalk to Dem - Single2:57$0.99
HiHi - Single2:38$1.29
Freaky Gal, Pt. 2Kartel Forever: Trilogy3:45$0.99
SchoolKartel Forever: Trilogy2:35$0.99
Punani a Mi Best FriendKartel Forever: Trilogy2:30$0.99
Ever BlessedRvssian Presents Free Worl ..2:31$1.29
Tell You Say (Raw)Stronger We Get2:45$1.29
We Never Fear DemSo Bad Riddim2:50$1.29

Top Music Videos

Ever Blessed (Explicit), Vybz Kartel
1. Ever Blessed (..
Weed Smokers, Vybz Kartel
2. Weed Smokers
School (Clean), Vybz Kartel
3. School (Clean)
Hi (Clean), Vybz Kartel
4. Hi (Clean)


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