As he opened the world of Dancehall Music to me, he remains for me the “King of Dancehall“, a big talent and superstar.
Let me focus on his musical path and achievements.
Vybz (with the nicknames Addi the Teacher and Gaza Emperor) was born as Adidja Palmer on the 7th of January 1976 in Portmore (Jamaica). He came ‘early enough’ in contact with music, because his uncle was a DJ. Already at the age of 10 he wrote his own lyrics.
In 1996 he has founded the group with the name Vybz Cartel with his friends Mr Lee and Escobar, but the group has broken up quite quickly. After this, he has decided to go further as a solo artist changing the name from Vybz Cartel to Vybz Kartel. He soon became the protégé of popular dancehall singer Bounty Killer writing lyrics for the artists on Bounty’s Alliance management roster, including the Killer himself, the Scare Dem Crew and Elephant Man. In 2002, Vybz Kartel broke out on his own with several solo hits including “Guns Like Mine,” “Badman,” and “Most High,” along with some collaborative hits with reggae singer Wayne Marshall. Same year he became DJ of the year at the Stone Love Sound System’s 30th anniversary party, which meant, that Vybz had officially arrived amongst the Jamaican dancehall community. Just a year later, he has released his debut album Up 2 Di Time, breaking on a worldwide level at the same time with that.
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. The songs “Clarks“, “Romping Shop” and “Life Sweet” became a huge hit for Kartel from that album. His latest album’s title “King of Dancehall” emphasizes ‘rightly’ his position in the Dancehall world.
Let’s hope he will keep on ‘shaking’ the Dancehall floors in the future despite of his circumstances.