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July 24, 2012

Vybz Kartel "Amsterdam" XXX

Vybz_Kartel_Amsterdam_EP.jpgJA, U.S.A (21st Hapilos Digital) - Like him or not, there is no denying that superstar Vybz Kartel is undoubtedly one of the biggest recognizable name in dancehall.

Steeped by controversy, made his mark topping billboard charts, recognized by Time Magazine or his music being used on TV shows internationally, Vybz Kartel is a musical force to be reckoned.

Missed by his fans, they are only comforted by the fact that music is still being released, and this latter is sure to delight them. The EP consists of 6 tracks who have reached over 10 million views combined on official and viral videos on youtube. Bubble Hard, Summertime, Open Up, Bike Back and Dedication are now available on iTunes on this latest "Amsterdam" EP by Adde Instrumentals/RR345 Muzik and distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital.

Adde Instrumentals is responsible for building such hit riddims as "Summer Time, BBQ, Summer Wave, Happy Daze, Ice Cream" and many more. The young producer based in Sweden hit the dancehall charts with his first hit "Bike Back" featuring Vybz Kartel.

"Emotions inspire me a lot, I like songs that make you feel something" says Adde Instrumentals.


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July 4, 2012

Vybz Kartel's 'Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto' - In Stores Soon

Vybz_Kartel_The_Voice_of_The_Jamaican_Ghetto_book.jpgKINGSTON, Jamaica: On Friday, July 6, Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel is set to release his best body of work catalogued in his book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto. Sam Cooke best describes Kartel's journey in his hit song Change is Gonna Come, writing "There's been times that I thought I wouldn't last for long but now I think I'm able to carry on. It's been a long, long time coming but I know a change is gonna come. Oh, yes it will." And for Jamaica, it has!

Kartel has always said to expect the unexpected. In a statement released May 2011, Kartel threatened to use the pedestal that 'Babylon' has put him on to fight for his people - 'Ghetto People.' Through this book, Kartel is signaling that the fight for change starts now. Can Vybz Kartel change Jamaica for the better from behind bars? He has vowed to and based on Kartel’s ability to use his lyrics to gather a following, it will be interesting how this initiative by Kartel will affect Jamaica. On the cover of his book, Kartel states “I pray this book helps to change Jamaica forever.”

Vybz Kartel and his co-author, Michael Dawson, completed the manuscript early summer 2011 and Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto was first copyrighted in the United States on August 5th, 2011. The publishers have worked assiduously on getting it right. The release of Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, Kartel's first book, heralds a new dawn in the history of Jamaica.


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June 5, 2012

Exclusive: Vybz Kartel - Let Mi Go ft Elly Ess & Jim Jones


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November 1, 2011

Pon Di Gaza We Sey! - Tad's Record Releases Limited Edition 'Pon Di Gaza' Album to Stores

pom_di_gaza_mi_seh_album_vybz_kartel.jpgDue to overwhelming demand, Tad's Record released Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey to retail stores on October 28th. Originally released digitally as Pon Di Gaza under Dancehall superstar Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer's then newly formed Adidjahiem Records in 2009, the album generated significant buzz among his loyal fan base, but failed to make a major impact due to the label's inexperience. With the Kartel 'boom' of the past two years, Tad's Record is once again giving music fans the 'ultimate Reggae experience' with this limited addition collector's item CD, in major retail chains and mom & pop stores on Friday.

Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey contains all of the original Pon Di Gaza tracks with some fresh new mixes and additional material. The majority of the songs were written in 2008 while Palmer was under investigation as a person of interest in a murder investigation - he was arrested, questioned, and released without charges. Meanwhile, Palmer's public persona Vybz Kartel was still and struggling to find his voice as an independent artist, after his unceremonious departure from the Bounty Killer-led Alliance. Soul-searching singles like "Tear Drops," "Can't Frame Me," "Yeah Though I Walk," "For Love," "Bail For Me" and the #1 single "Life We Living" were all written during a four-day stretch in his home's washroom.

"I was going through a lot of stuff at that time. Even in the music where Vybz Kartel was trying to find back himself, trying to reinvent myself and find back the perfect formula that I am using now," Palmer said to journalist Rob Kenner in September 2009. "No matter what else is happening in life, I always concentrate on music and use it to blow off steam - to keep sane."


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October 24, 2011

Teacha's Pet - Australian Girl Got Punched In The Face


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September 27, 2011

Vybz Kartel re-affirms love for naughty girls with "Freaky Gyal Part 2"

By M Jodee
OutAroad.com Writer

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has once again put his hardcore persona on display with his newest single, "Freaky Gyal Part 2"

The single is a sequel to the controversial but eye-catching, "Freaky Gyal (Juleen)" that produced a recorded voice message of a girl named Juleen; explaining her affinity for the self-proclaimed "Dancehall Hero" in no uncertain terms. The song became an immediate underground hit following its release this past April; regularly playing at sessions and appearing on mixtapes nationwide. Additionally, Kartel unveiled an un-official video for "Freaky Gyal," from his Portmore home; playing the voice note from his phone while singing the song. The video earned tens of thousands of views via YouTube.

Now, with the help of prominent Dancehall producer, Tarik "Russian" Johnston, Kartel has dropped the sequel, "Freaky Gyal Part 2," re-affirming his love for rude girls. In typical, no holds barred fashion, "Di Teacha" deejays, "Eh gyal yuh p***y tight yow, mi wah fi strip off yuh clothes right down, mi love di way yuh look like ho, like she u wudda s**k a c***y right now." Additionally, Kartel deejays, "Eh gyal come play wid mi seed bag, mek mi beat beat up di p***y real bad, mi gi yuh Versace clothes, Louis V bag, yuh get a house, mi get a money green Jag." The "Worl’ Boss" also claims that he wants to know any girl willing to "go down" on him; leaving no doubt as to what he prefers behind clothes doors while pulsating the minds of his legions of female fans.


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September 3, 2011

Exclusive Preview of Teacha's Pet Mansion


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July 21, 2011

Kartel's "Teacha's Pet" reality show to debut on CVM this September

By Marc Parc
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_teacha_pet_tv_show.jpgWell renowned Dancehall entertainer, Vybz Kartel's new reality show, "Teacha's Pet" will debut locally on CVM TV at the end of September.

The show will feature ten Jamaican & ten women form overseas, living in an uptown home in an effort to win Kartel's love. A promotional video for "Teacha's Pet" was released this past weekend, explaining the show's set-up. "Teacha's Pet is a reality TV dating show surrounding the love life and career of the artiste Vybz Kartel, who goes on a world-wide search in quest of the one person who truly deserves his heart, as he desperately searches to find the Teacha's Pet," as explained by the show's official YouTube page. Furthermore, the full version of the Teacha's Pet theme song was simultaneously unveiled this past weekend by the self-proclaimed "World Boss" advertising the show.

Casting for the show will continue up until August 5th & all applicants for the show must be 18 years or older. Furthermore, each of the 20 contestants must make living arrangements ensuring that they reside in Kingston for a month before the official airing of the show. As a bonus, LIME TV will be airing scenes of the reality show deemed "too hot for TV" at various intervals.

For more information on "Teacha's Pet," visit their official Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TeachasPet or follow them on Twitter @teachaspet


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July 17, 2011

Vybz Kartel Reality TV Show Teacha's Pet (How To Enter)

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June 19, 2011

New York Times - Managing a Brand He Made Himself

vybz_kartel_new_york_times.jpgSHORTLY before 10 p.m. on the final night of Best of the Best, a reggae and hip-hop concert held over the Memorial Day weekend in Veterans Park in Miami, DJ Nuffy, the master of ceremonies, began to introduce the dancehall reggae artist Vybz Kartel. But Vybz Kartel wasn’t actually in the park, in Miami, or even in the United States. He was more than 500 miles away at Jamaica Jamaica, a fancy nightclub just outside Ocho Rios, because he has been denied a United States visa.

“And now for your feature presentation, the biggest thing in Jamaica,” DJ Nuffy roared, adding “him look like Michael Jackson.” The sly remark - referring both to the artist’s enormous celebrity in the Caribbean diaspora and to his controversial practice of lightening his skin - drew laughter and mischievous cheers from the crowd of some 10,000 who stared intently at a screen on the stage where artists including DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes and I-Octane had performed just moments before. “Let’s welcome via satellite, live to you, Vybz. Vybz. Vybz.”

The crowd shouted “Kartel” in unison as his image filled the screen. He wore a purple suit with a loosely knotted silk tie and button-down shirt, his pale brown tattooed face framed by aviator glasses and a mane of black hair extensions. “Yo, Miami, you know what time now?” he asked, checking his wristwatch as the stuttering digital beat for “Touch a Button,” his chest-thumping challenge to rivals, started to play. Before long Vybz Kartel’s rapid-fire flow had the audience spellbound.


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June 15, 2011

Excerpts from "Voice of the Ghetto" By Vybz Kartel Chapter 2

CHAPTER 2 - 'Dollar Sign(hustle di money)'

vybz_kartel_book_cover_tattoo.jpgI start the song, by repeating “hustle the money” “me a hustle the money” almost to make the message subliminal. Careful. Read again. Haters, critics, read again and listen carefully - its hustle the money not steal the money, not take a gun and rob the money, not start a ponzi and con the money- just hustle the money. I stress the point repeatedly because there is a sector of society that believes when ghetto youths acquire ambition for financial success it means that we are going to begin to embark on some unscrupulous or illegal behaviour to rob people money. I often wonder why the elite of society don’t think us ghetto youths don’t want the same for our family as they do. NEWSFLASH, we waan go big school, drive nice car too, we would like ac in our house, we want our mother retire young and yes we want to be rich, there, I said it, Vybz Kartel want Ghetto people to be rich. Babylon, deal with it.

Society, likes to blame us poor people for Jamaica’s weak economy. Not true, not fair. The only thing I have heard creative where government is concerned is how to increase and make new taxes. That does not make sense, in fact, there is a term for it - we have a regressive tax system where the poor is forced to bear the biggest burden and the rich keep getting away. They recently tried to tax patty and pad hard. Rich man don’t eat patty for lunch and rich ladies shop in foreign. Our government so good at taxing, they found a way to tax Jamaicans overseas by putting over a 100% levy on calls coming in on a landline, even the US companies begged for us but our government said no, tax them.


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June 4, 2011

Excerpt from "Voice of the Ghetto" By Vybz Kartel - Chapter One

CHAPTER 1: THANK YOU JAH Excerpt

"I start this book as I start each day of my life, with a "Thank you Jah" for giving Adidja Palmer the inspiration to be Vybz Kartel; may the words on the pages of this book be well received, may it touch the heart of the oppressors of my people so that they may treat the poor with compassion. May it be a tool that Society will utilize to understand ghetto livity, so that you may change your impression of us and start treating ghetto people with respect - whether they are your helpers, gardeners, bar maids, drivers or any marginalized person in Jamaica. vybz_kartel_book_dancehall_jamaican.jpgMay it reach the desks of the prison officials so that they may implement more humane and positive procedures in our jails so that our people can be welcomed back into society after they have done their time. May it be a reference point for Jamaican males that have never taken the time to understand what our mothers, baby mothers, sisters and women in general go through. Most of all, may it be a source of motivation for my people especially the young ones as they find their way through life in this lovely place Xaymaca, its original name before the genocidal Christopher Columbus came to plunder and destroy an entire Amerindian people under the guise of Christianity. It is with this hope that I have taken the time to write this book in between my musical career and my role as father, and son; I ask that this book is blessed. The hate from the haters is expected but guess what, Kartel sending you a blessing too because the Gaza nuh bad mind. Come on, I know you going to read this book, that's okay with me, the only way we can have a better Jamaica is if we spend the time learning from each other."

-ADDI DI TEACH


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May 31, 2011

Vybz Kartel: "Jamaica Will Not Be The Same After This Book Is Released"

"Voice of the Ghetto: Social Commentary For My People"

In the midst of all the noise regarding nightclubs and threats, ace dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel announced today that he will be publishing a book to be released in the summer.

vybz_kartel_book_voice_of_the_ghetto.jpgKartel stated that the book has been in the making for over two years and has finally come to fruition. As a surprise to many, the intended release date of the book is July 23, 2011 on Haile Selassie's Earthstrong but may push it forward as he thinks there is a move to discredit his book before it is even released. This is due to some recent statements he has been hearing in the media from persons trying to derail his career and destroy his character.

"I think there was leak regarding some content of the book, the book is very potent, Jamaica simply cannot and will not be the same after this book is released," explained Kartel.

Unlike other books penned by other Dancehall artistes, this book will not be about Adidja Palmer's life or a glorified story based on a ficticous character. Instead, the book is titled "Voice of the Ghetto (or Gaza if you prefer) - Social Commentary for My People" which is an in depth look at ghetto life in
Jamaica through Kartel's eyes, the historical causes for how Jamaica got into the problems it now has and some suggestions from Kartel on how to improve the plight of the ghetto that may astonish many.

Though the book is not about Kartel's life, it will serve to "Crack the Kartel Code" as the world will finally get to know the thoughts of one of the most captivating and mysterious personalities ever to come out of Jamaica.

"People always wonder why Kartel does the things he does? What was he thinking when he sang that song or made that statement? Where does he get his point of view from? All of my thoughts will be unveiled so if you think you knew Kartel, you will be surprised when I introduce myself to the world through this book," Kartel stated.


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May 28, 2011

Vybz Kartel: "Your Best Friend Can Turn Out To Be Your Worse Enemy"

By Vybz Kartel

CHECK OUT VYBZ KARTEL'S NEW SONG CALLED INFORMA

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Many of you have heard or seen the recent accusations made by my former associates in the past few weeks. I don’t know why all of these individuals, think the most appropriate action to take after a philosophical difference occurs is to go to the press and attack me.

I can only say that I am reminded of Bob Marley’s admonishments when he said man is so unjust, you don’t know who to trust…your best friend can turn out to be your worst enemy…I shall say no more, other than who the cap fit, mek them wear it. I am issuing this statement because I think these accusations are due to a breach of confidentiality as certain individuals got wind of my upcoming projects and initiatives and they know they can’t stop me without resorting to underhanded tactics.

See Jamaica, Vybz Kartel has been carrying a secret for a very long time and I think it is time that I reveal it before persons try to derail the projects that I have put together by continuing to make false reports about me in their attempt to have me muzzled. Two years ago, I had an epiphany whilst on stage. I saw thousands of people screaming for Kartel, jumping up and down, listening to ever word that I uttered on stage, it was like the people were eating out of the palm of my hands. At that moment, something strange came over me, as I heard the people screaming for more, I suddenly realized that my calling was to be more than a Deejay.

I realized that the people were not eating out my hands but they wanted to hear Kartel speak because finally somebody was telling their story in a profound no holds barred manner. Whether I was addressing sexuality, poverty, police brutality, injustice,the trials and tribulations of the ghetto I was finally giving ghetto people a voice - a big voice like society never heard before.


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May 11, 2011

Check out Vybz Kartel's New Look

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May 2, 2011

Vybz Kartel - Ooohh Oh Here We Go

Controversial deejay Vybz Kartel’s latest single titled Summer Time is already ticked off by several local and international disc jocks as one of the ultimate party songs for this summer.

In the intro Vybz Kartel raps, "Pool partyyyyyyy…if a even di beach mi affi reach…a summer time". He then warns, if yuh a bleacha guh back home fi yuh umbrella because di sun a bun.

The song will officially be released on Vybz Kartel EP titled Gaza Don.

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April 26, 2011

Vybz Kartel - "I Will No Longer Be Doing Gun Lyrics"

vybz_kartel_dumpa_truck_chart_outaroad.jpgBy J-Tymz
OutAroad.com Writer

Dancehall lyricist Vybz Kartel who is known for releasing some of the most notorious gun songs has pledged to no longer pen or "medz" anymore gun lyrics.

In an exclusive statement sent to OutAroad.com the deejay states: "As of this moment I will no longer be doing "gun lyrics". I did a song called "Bad Up U Mada" and every one and their mada (lol) counteracted it. Trying to get their already expired 15 minutes of fame. Well I got news for them. They're at war with themselves, cause I aint giving them the time of day...hush yaw insects and parasites."
With that being said, the record must show that 1) songs such as 'Big Bad and Brave'…2) 'Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten' and 3) 'Clap It Up' were all released earlier this month just in case people hear them and think I’m going against my words. I guess I must be twitter, because everybody following me'.

Even though Adidjah Palmer warned parents that it's not Vybz Kartel responsibility for raising their kids or being their role, this unbelievable decision certainly pushes him a step closer of being labeled as a role-model…not just only for kids, but also for young upcoming entertainers.


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January 26, 2011

MTV: Vybz Kartel: "I'm My Own Man…"

By MTV.co.uk

The Jamaican star talks skin bleaching…

vybz_kartel_mtv_uk_bleaching_story_photos.jpgDancehall artist Vybz Kartel has lashed out at critics who have been talking about his ever-changing skin colour.

The Jamaican native decided to send a statement to VIBE.com to express his feelings on the matter, saying:

"I'm my own man, and as such I do my own thing. When black women stop straightening their hair and wearing wigs and weaves, when white women stop getting lip and butt injections and implants, when bald men stop getting hair transplants, and when people stop getting nose jobs and cosmetic surgery then I'll stop using the 'cakesoap' and we'll all live naturally ever after. Until then, f**k you all."


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January 20, 2011

Eminem and Vybz Kartel Throw a W.T.P.

New York, NY - January 20, 2011 (RAINE PR): Jamaican superstar Vybz Kartel turned Eminem's trailer park fete into a Dancehall 'bad man party' with yesterday's release of the "W.T.P." Remix. The original single is featured on Eminem's latest album Recovery, currently positioned at #5 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart.

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Produced by Jamaican-born Hip Hop/Dancehall producer Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin-Quee, the "W.T.P." remix is an up-tempo club banger that features colorful world play for the two renowned lyricists, with Kartel's flossing braggadocio at the 'bad man party' and Eminem's down-home carefree flow at his 'w. t. party.'
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Kartel, long known as Dancehall's notorious lyrical terrorist, earned international acclaim with radio zinging singles like "Tekk," "Gun Session," "Ramping Shop," "Dollar Sign (Mind Pon Mi Money)," and most recently "Clarks." Kartel was named Male Deejay of the Year, Recording Artist of the Year, and Songwriter/Lyricist of the Year during the 2010 Excellence in Music & Entertainment Awards in Jamaica. He earned nominations for Best Reggae Artist from the 2010 MOBO Awards and the 2010 Soul Train Awards. Earlier this month, New York's WBLS 107.5FM named Vybz Kartel "Caribbean Artist of the Year" on their popular Caribbean Fever program.

Award-winning lyricist Eminem is the first artist to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive albums, and is ranked #9 on MTV's list of Greatest MCs of All Time. In 2003, Eminem won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself" from the film 8 Mile, which he also starred in. His seventh studio album, Recovery, is reported to be the best selling album of 2010 by Billboard, with 3.42 million copies sold.


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January 18, 2011

Vybz Kartel Admits He's Bleaching?

Dancehall Hero Vybz Kartel final admits that “Di Gal Dem Love Off Mi Bleach Out Face," in his latest release tilted Look Pon We ft Russian.

But the burning question still remains…Smooth Like Mi Wash Mi Face Wid Di Cake Soap.

Since its release the song got over 300,000 views when combined all the youtube channels which posted the song.

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January 8, 2011

Vybz Kartel Talks About Why Cops Constantly Raiding His Events

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January 5, 2011

'Clarks: De Mixtape Raw' Hits Stores! Tad's Record's Digital EP Goes Physical

vybz_kartel_mixtape_album_digital_analog.jpgDemand from Dancehall fans worldwide has pushed Tad's Record's latest EP Clarks: De Mixtape Raw from digital to physical. Starting today, Clarks: De Mixtape Raw, featuring Dancehall giant Vybz Kartel's biggest anthems of 2010, is available at all major and local retailers worldwide.

Clarks: De Mixtape Raw, released on iTunes and all digital outlets on December 10th, features popular hit singles from Kartel's lengthy 2010 catalogue. Mixed by DJ Wayne, of Jamaica's pioneering Reggae radio station Irie FM, the mixtape includes Kartel's smash international radio hit "Clarks," and the follow up singles "Clarks Again" and "Wear Weh Yuh Have (Clarks 3)," collectively known as the 'Clarks Trilogy.' "Clarks" remained among the top three Reggae singles with the most international radio spins for over 40 weeks. Other singles include popular street and party anthems "Touch A Button," "Turn and Whine," "Cake Soap," "Dumper Truck" and "Dancehall Hero."

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January 3, 2011

WBLS Radio Named Vybz Kartel Caribbean Artiste of The Year

By J-Tymz
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New York's mainstream radio station WBLS 107.5's Caribbean Fever show was bombarded with phone calls last night (Sunday Jan. 2nd) as listeners called in from as far as Africa to vote for the Caribbean Artiste of The Year and favorite song.

Before the phone lines got jammed the host Dahved Levy had his listeners grooving to some of the hottest dancehall riddims such as the Trailer Reloaded Riddim that features Konshens, Tiana and Darrio.

However after receiving a ton-load of calls it was time for the anticipated "award ceremony"…And The Artiste of The Year titled goes to an artiste who's known for giving us products such as Vybz Condom, Street Vybz Rum, Vybz Cake Soap and who's also responsible for keeping the New Kingston hip-strip alive with the popular Street Vybz Thursday party, Vvvvvvvvvvvvybz Kartel!!!

Mavado had to settle for 2nd place while the King of Dancehall Beenie Man was listed as the #3 Artiste of The Year.

Meanwhile in the Song of The Year category majority of the votes went to three songs "Clarks" by Vybz Kartel ft Popcaan, "Hold Yuh" by Gyptian and "Drinking Rum & Redbull" by Fambo ft Beenie Man. However after Dahved carefully counted the votes the Song of The Year titled went to the man himself Gyptian for his billboard hit single "Hold Yuh".


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December 30, 2010

Dre Skull-Produced Vybz Kartel Album For Spring 2011

DANCEHALL HERO SET TO DROP POP-FUSION ALBUM WITH MIXPAK RECORDS

Vybz_kartel_dre_skull_album.jpgMixpak Records is set to push the boundaries of Jamaica's singles-driven culture, with an expansive concept album that weds Jamaica's reigning Dancehall champion with one of New York's most innovative producers. Over the past six months, Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel has been in the studio with prized Brooklyn producer Dre Skull, forging a futuristic new sound that Mixpak will unveil in Spring 2011.

Dre Skull, noted for producing super-smart beats for the likes of Lil Scrappy and Sizzla, first collaborated with Kartel on 2009's, "Yuh Love." The sly, minimal club pulse of Dre Skull's Smoke Machine rhythm laid bare Kartel's sensual warble and forged a cleverly novel sound. The upcoming album takes the promise of "Yuh Love" a step further, showcasing Kartel's lyrical dexterity - from crooning love tunes to spitting hardcore street anthems - and his ability to wrap his distinctively Dancehall style around pop-fused rifts and rhythms. The album promises to not only elevate Kartel's repertoire, but show the world that contemporary Jamaican styles translate better than ever to crossover rhythmic radio.


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December 13, 2010

Vybz Kartel Gets Wrapped Up

VYBZ KARTEL: THE INTERVIEW! (PART 1)‏

Submitted by Joseph Patterson mtv.co.uk

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In his first full-length interview with a UK journalist in over 5 years, Vybz Kartel speaks to The Wrap Up’s Marvin Sparks about his beginnings, writing for Bounty Killer, the infectious tribute to footwear brand Clarks, working with Major Lazer on ‘Pon Di Floor’ and much more, in the first of this two-part interview...

Vybz Kartel were a group comprised of three artists, including Adijah Palmer, then known as Addi Banton. The group split due to differences in vision, but Addi Banton kept the name Vybz Kartel, joined Bounty Killer's crew, Alliance, and the rest, as they say, is history. Initially coming to prominence flexing his lyrical skills in 2002, Kartel became one of the genre's leading artists shortly thereafter, which included featuring on the Def Jam's US and Jamaica collaboration album, ‘Def Jamaica’, working with Missy Elliott and fans including Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z. Controversy has never been far; from clashing Ninja Man, which lead to a fight on stage, leaving the Alliance then performing at his former mentor's biggest rival Beenie Man's wedding to Bounty Killer's ex-girlfriend, 2 years on-and-off feud with Mavado, to being sued for creating the explicit 2009 hit ‘Ramping Shop’ from Ne-Yo's ‘Miss Independent’.

The Wrap Up: You broke through with a unique style of deejaying (rapping) to dancehall in 2001/2002. Tell us a bit about why you adopted that style...
Vybz Kartel: That style was a combination of listening to all genres of music when Vybz Kartel was growing up. Vybz Kartel always wanted to be different from the regular deejay and wanting to bring something different. In my effort to become different, that style was created.

TWU: Who were your influences back then?

Vybz Kartel: My influences were universal: Lt. (Lieutenant) Stitchie, Ninja Man, Papa San, Will Smith (back from Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince), KRS-One and Slick Rick. My musical influences were universal and multi-national.

TWU: You started off writing songs for Bounty Killer, so how did that come about and what songs did you write for him?

Vybz Kartel: I wrote about 30-odd songs in total. ‘Gal Clown’ and a lot of those war lyrics were by me.

TWU: You don’t write your lyrics anymore, do you?

Vybz Kartel: No, I don’t write lyrics anymore. I have graduated from that stage. I just meditate or pre-meditate the lyrics depending on if I get the riddim before I go into the studio, or when I go to the studio. I just voice the riddim and listen to the music. The music talks to me and I respond.

TWU: And your work ethic is probably better than any in dancehall, with the amount of songs you release...

Vybz Kartel: My work ethic comes from my father, because I’ve seen that man work seven days a week, so I get my work ethic from my father.

TWU: What work does your father do?

Vybz Kartel: He still works at the flour mill in Jamaica. Yeah man, seven days a week. I said to myself, ‘I couldn’t do that’, but I guess I meant I couldn’t do that with something I didn’t like. But doing music, which is something that I live for, I put in that same work ethic.

TWU: One of if not the biggest dancehall tunes this year has been ‘Clarks’. Did that come as a surprise to you?

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November 29, 2010

Tads Records Teams Up With Vybz Kartel and DJ Wayne for 'Clarks: De Mixtape Raw'

clarks_mixtape_raw_vybz_kartel.jpgNew York, NY - (RAINE PR): Tads Records is offering music fans the ultimate Dancehall experience - a compilation of the year's biggest street anthems and radio bangers from 'Dancehall hero' Vybz Kartel. Mixed by popular Jamaican radio disc jock DJ Wayne, Clarks: De Mixtape Raw is slated to hit iTunes and other digital outlets on Friday, December 10th.

Starting off the year with the release of Pon Di Gaza 2.0, Vybz Kartel's successful double album that was released in February, Tads is looking to cap off 2010 with an EP of singles from Kartel's catalogue of local and international hits and radio favorites from 2010, including "Clarks," an ode to the British shoe giant that has become a staple in Hip Hop and Dancehall fashion with styles such as Wallabees and Desert Boots. "Clarks" remained among the top three Reggae singles garnering the most radio airplay overseas for nearly 35 weeks.

Other singles on Clarks: De Mixtape Raw include the popular street zinger "Touch a Button," "Turn and Whine," "Cake Soap," "Better Can Wuk," and the recently released "Dancehall Hero." The EP also features "Clarks Again," and "Wear Weh You Have (Clarks 3)," his two follow up songs to "Clarks" - collectively known as the 'Clarks Trilogy.'


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November 23, 2010

Duss Riddim Medley Official Video Release - Roadblock Films!

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Premiering over the weekend on TVJ's Entertainment Report, the Duss Medley Riddim Video features Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Maxwell, Jah Vinchi, and Shawn Storm. Working and editing studiously to meet the premiere deadline, RoadBlock Films! is excited to have the opportunity to work Vybz Kartel and Popcaan again.

TO WATCH THE DUSS RIDDIM MEDLEY CLICK HERE

This is RoadBlock's third video with Kartel ("Jeans & Fitted" currently has over 1.9 million youtube hits and recently made it onto WorldStarHipHop.com) and second with Popcaan ("Dream" has over 160,000 youtube views). Duss Medley video marks the first official video for rising artist Maxwell.

Medley videos give directors opportunities to have multiple concepts seamed together into one. With the Duss Riddim, Director Kirk Lee, describes the concept as "one of continuous movement/kinetic direction" and hopes that viewers appreciate the "vintage" energetic feel and look of the video.


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November 17, 2010

Jay Z and Rihanna talk about Vybz Kartel

Written by Tego Sigel

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Jay-Z admits that he wanted Vybz Kartel on his last album but couldn’t make it work.

In an interview on the Cipha Sounds and Pete Rosenberg podcast Juan Epstein, Jay-Z admitted that he had dancehall star Vybz Kartel in the studio during the recording of his last album Blueprint 3 but failed to get a song that worked.

“We had him in Roc The Mic [Jay's studio], we tried three songs” we’re going to spend the rest of the day trying to work out which songs on BP3 Vybz would have sounded best on.

During the interview Vybz Kartel was described as the Eminem of Jamaica

TO LISTEN THE INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

Rihanna:
Meanwhile on the Ed Lover Show (Power 1051 FM) they were curious to know which artistes from the Caribbean Rihanna would love to do a callab with at the moment. Rihanna quickly replied…"I love Vybz Kartel, love Sizzla too and Berres Hamond.


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November 1, 2010

Vybz Kartel & Busta Rhymes Collaborates At Don Corleon Studio

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October 24, 2010

Vybz Kartel - If Mi Nuh Sh*t Dem Nuh Swallow - Dancehall Hero

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October 19, 2010

Vybz Kartel Nominated for 2010 Soul Train Award

vybz_kartel_soul_train_award.jpgDancehall luminary Vybz Kartel has been nominated for Best Reggae Artist for the 2010 Soul Train Awards. Scheduled for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia on November 10th, the ceremony will air on Sunday, November 28th at 9PM on both BET and CENTRIC.

Kartel joins Alicia Keys, Usher, Drake, B.O.B., Nicki Minaj, Sade, Fantasia, and a host of other international superstars as a 2010 Soul Train Award nominee. Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the Soul Train Awards will feature a host of live performances including sets from R. Kelly, Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, and Ne-Yo.

The Soul Train nomination comes on the heels of Kartel's nomination for Best Reggae Artist by the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards to be held in Liverpool, England on October 20th.


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September 14, 2010

Gaza Talent Search kicks off this Friday in The Building

Written by Phlexx

vybz-kartel-corey-todd-gaza-talent-search.jpgCorey Todd, proprietor of Unlimited Daggering which manufactures and bottles the ultra-popular Street Vybz Rum, will take his unique marketing ability to a new level with the launch of a 'Gaza Talent Search' every Friday in The Building nightclub beginning September 17th.

"The search will start this Friday and continue every Friday until January. We will be searching for selectors, deejays, singjays and female dance groups," Corey Todd Stated.

Each week a winner will be selected from each category and receive cash prizes courtesy of Street Vybz Rum. The weekly winners will then automatically qualify for a final at the end of the month, the winner of each category will then move on to a grand final in December where the overall winner will be signed to a recording contract with the Portmore Empire.

"The winner will receive $500,000, a video for their debut single provided it meets our standards, and a real chance to buss, this is not like other talent shows where it's a remote possibility you might buss, the Gaza busses artistes," Todd, who is also Vybz Kartel’s business partner, said.


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September 3, 2010

Vybz Kartel Clarks ft Popcaan Featured on So You Think You Can Dance - Canada

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July 26, 2010

Vybz Kartel Live at Reggae Sumfest 2010

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July 8, 2010

Vybz Kartel ft Russian - Jeans Fitted

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June 14, 2010

Vybz Kartel Performing Live In Mobay

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May 9, 2010

Check This Video Directed by Vybz Kartel - Turn N Wine

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May 5, 2010

BBC Interview With Vybz Kartel - "parents and society have failed"

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April 9, 2010

"Clarks" Hit iTunes - American Mainstream Embraces Dancehall Anthem

clarks_vybz_kartel_popcaan_gaza_slim.jpgKingston, JA/New York, NY (Ms. RAINE INC): Digital production and distribution channel 21st Hapilos, is pleased to announce that Dancehall smash hit single "Clarks" is now available on iTunes. "Clarks," the latest street anthem from international Dancehall star Vybz Kartel featuring Popcaan and Vanessa Bling (Gaza Slim), is one of the fastest rising Dancehall songs, debuting on local charts in Jamaica within a week of hitting the airwaves, and debuting on mainstream American radio two weeks later.

Produced by independent labels CR203 and Adidjahiem/Notnice Records, "Clarks," now in its 3rd week of rotation, has already hit mainstream American radio, making its debut on NY's #1 station for urban music, HOT97 97.1FM earlier this week.

The song, which pays homage to popular British shoe brand, Clarks, has caught on like wildfire throughout the Caribbean, and is fast finding footing in North America. American R&B sensation Omarion recently quoted Vybz Kartel on Twitter, tweeting "Clarks" song lyrics "waah gwan Popcaan," while legendary Hip Hop dj and radio personality Mr. Cee heavily endorsed "Clarks" on Hot97, encouraging listeners to purchase the single on iTunes.

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March 17, 2010

One on One With Vybz Kartel - "I put my trust in scientists rather than pastors"

Artist Spotlight: Zo catches up with Vybz Kartel in an in-depth, online interview.

vybzkartel_zobanner.jpgFirebombings, scandalous pictures, beatings, conflicts with artists and producers, visa problems, and getting called into a summit with the Prime Minister - despite all this, Vybz Kartel, aka Addi the Teacher, aka the Gaza King - the infamous Adidja Palmer is still the Last Man Standing. Is the press surrounding these events real or just hype? I sat down with the Gaza Don himself to find out what separates the entertainer Vybz Kartel from the man Adidja Palmer, who I personally think is one of dancehall's most talented writers - whether controversial or conscious.

Zo:

First and foremost, a majority of the comments on Itunes say it's your best album yet. How do you feel about Pon di Gaza 2.0?

Vybz Kartel:

mi say di same ting.

Zo:

Why is the Gaza such a significant part of your lyrics in your music?

Vybz Kartel:

It's the nickname of my community. But since its inception everywhere in Jamaica has it graffiti style to show their love for Addi and it's also the unofficial name of the teacher. Like a pseudony.

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February 12, 2010

New Year - New Album - New Controversy - Same Vybz

PON DI GAZA 2.0 HITS STORES FEBRUARY 26TH.

PON_DI_GAZA_-_Cd_cover.jpgNY (Ms. RAINE INC): Love him or hate him, Vybz Kartel's influence in Dancehall is undeniable -- a masterful wordsmith, captivating entertainment icon, and insightful businessman known just as much for his lyrical genius as he is for his much publicized scandals. Nearly everything he does is a guaranteed success -- and a full-fledged controversy. On February 26th, his recording label Adidjahiem Records, in partnership with notable Reggae label Tads Record, will release Pon Di Gaza 2.0, a re-release of last year's digital Pon Di Gaza album, with a bonus disc of the deejay's latest hit singles, include the current #1 hit "Life We Living." Pon Di Gaza 2.0 is Vybz Kartel's first physical album in nearly four years.

Like Pon Di Gaza, the release of Pon Di Gaza 2.0 comes in the midst of a storm of Kartel controversy -- rumors and allegations of everything from trouble inside his Portmore Empire camp to tangles with law enforcement -- which is all par for the course for the unconquerable deejay. The deejay scored eight #1 singles in 2009, including the internationally acclaimed single "Romping Shop" which hit the Billboard Top 100, and "Dollar Sign," and "Virginity" which are currently in rotation on urban music stations throughout the Caribbean and North America. Since the start of 2010, he has been heralded as Deejay of the Year, Recording Artist of the Year, and Song Writer/Lyricist of the Year by the Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards, and Favorite Artist of the Year and Best Male Artist of the Year, while his song "Love Dem" was voted Best Chart Topping Song of the Year at the Youth View Awards in Jamaica.

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January 21, 2010

Vybz Kartel - "Mek Dem Watch We Like CVM TV"

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OutAroad.com Writer

Once again Vybz Kartel has proven how talented he is when it comes on to spitting creative lyrics - as Vybz Kartel explains how curious media personnel's are - "suh dem - tune into him every morning like Raggashanti" - (Gossip Talk Show)

This song is about Vybz Kartel's personal life which seems to make the headlines daily and has now become the public's favorite dish of soap-opera. However while many are looking in, looking out and hoping for him to fail Vybz Kartel seems to be looking even better each day like CVM TV.

"This is a song for the Jamaicans especially because of the personalities I make reference to who are our Jamaican stars, they might not necessarily be world renowned but the style and concept is Universal," Vybz Kartel told OutAroad.com.

"While a dat a gwaan pon what a gwaan" Vybz Kartel is definitely gearing up to make this 2010 a year to be remembered. Already he has released several new joints such as 2010, "Unfaithful"(don't kill him inuh"), just to name a few. However the females can expect another ladies anthem to be released soon called "Know Bout Me" ft Indu produced by Dj Neil (CVM TV Hitlist's DJ) for Cashflow Records who's also responsible for the creative production of Vybz Kartel's recent hit single Life Wi Living that was released on both Cashflow and Adidjahiem labels.

Folks we have come to the end of our show for tonight - "A Dat A Gwaan Pon What A Gwaan".


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December 27, 2009

Vybz Kartel at Sting 2009 - Jamworld

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December 16, 2009

Power Play to block Vybz Kartel's Street Vybz Rum from expanding

Vybz-kartel-rum-street.jpgBusinessman Corey Todd and entertainer Adidja Palmer a.k.a Vybz Kartel, the owners of Unlimited Daggering, the company which is responsible for the marketing and production of Street Vybz Rum, are charging that there are business interests which are blocking the growth of their company and undermining their ability to compete in the marketplace and generate revenue to employ over 20 workers.

"We pay our taxes, we go through the right avenues to get our product, we have secured our licence to manufacture the rum through the proper government channels, so what is the problem," Vybz Kartel said.

"We employ 15 persons, generate millions in tax revenue to the government, and we have plans to expand our business and employ more persons in the future and these people are trying to block Street Vybz Rum. Why is the government allowing these sort of unfair business practices which are stifling a small growing company?"

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November 30, 2009

Gaza wins votes over Gully Richie B's Talk Show

vybzkartelmoneyponmiminddancehallraggaeempire.jpgThe dust has now settled and based on the survey conducted by Richie B on The Hot Mix programme on Hot 102 FM on Thursday Nov.26 in the ongoing debate of Gaza vs Gully, Kartel took home the winning prize, defeating Mavado by 28 votes to 22 votes...

This was Richie B's way of 'testing the temperature of current day Dance Hall' and it proved to be extremely exciting.....'you could hear the passion in the voices of the callers as they shouted Gaza or Gully respectively, but in an atmosphere of cordiality...many of them taking time to even pay respect to the side that they did not support, to call for peace between the camps and an end to the hostilities that the fans have been meeting out to each other, especially within the schools.

The programme was relayed all over New York City via Vibe One Radio and our regular internet listeners from all over the world (www.hot102.fm) had a field day...Calls/votes came in from many of these listeners, especially in Toronto and many parts of the United States.

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November 24, 2009

The 'Teacha' Says Peace Talks Belong In Schools

Kartel Ready for Peaceful Solution to Gaza/Gully School Violence

Vybz%20Kartel.jpgDespite reports that Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel has rejected rival deejay Mavado's olive branch by turning down his birthday party invitation, Kartel maintains that he is willing to put aside differences with his arch-musical-rival to call for an end to violence associated with the Gaza/Gully feud, particularly among high school students.

Both artists have been slammed by the local media, as reports of increasing violence at local schools between fans of the Portmore, or 'Gaza,' Empire led by Vybz Kartel and the Gully Squad led by Mavado continue to flood the news, causing even the government to be concerned about mounting social tensions stemming from the feud between the two entertainers.

On Friday, the Jamaica Star newspaper reported that Mavado was calling for an end to the Gaza/Gully war by inviting Vybz Kartel to attend his birthday party at Temple Hall on December 5th. The paper stated that Mavado's management said they wanted to publicly invite Kartel to make peace once and for all, as a show of unity to the nation.

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October 15, 2009

The Rise Of Addi And The Empire

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Much maligned, maybe misunderstood, Vybz Kartel (aka "Addi the Teacha," "Addi the Emperor," or simply "Addi"), if just for his voluminous output and lyrical mastery, is definitely one of the top deejays in the history of dancehall music. He rose to prominence in the late 1990s, after he impressed dancehall icon Bounty Killer with his lyrical ability. Killer took Kartel under his wings and the relationship proved mutually beneficial: Kartel wrote several well-received songs for Killer, while Killer accepted Kartel into the Killer-led Alliance, making Kartel’s ascent in the business possibly easier than it would otherwise have been. Kartel rose rapidly, snagging several Deejay-of-the-Year awards, collaborating with several international hip-hop and pop stars, and recording creditable album sales with several projects for UK-based Greensleeves Records. Along the way, Kartel was earning a reputation as a nonconformist who was not afraid to tackle issues, individuals, and institutions.

In 2006, Kartel eventually split from the Alliance after a much-publicized rift with the Alliance patriarch Bounty Killer. Kartel would spend much of the next two years embroiled in lyrical and legal confrontations with members of the Alliance and other entertainment personalities. The constant feuding made him a target of the media, the politicians, and the church, less appealing to some record companies and sponsors, but elevated his standing in the eyes of many marginalized and rebellious youths who shared his seeming distaste for establishment and tradition. It was during this period that the Portmore Empire with Kartel at the helm was conceived.

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October 3, 2009

Pon Di Gaza Sold Eight Copies In Its First Week

Pon-Di-Gaza-Vybz-Kartel-album.jpgIn a poll that was recently conducted to compare the popularity of Vybz Kartel and Mavado saw Vybz Kartel topping Mavado, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and was also awarded for having the largest internet fan base. Somehow, only eight persons of Vybz Kartel's huge fan base went out to buy his album "Pon Di Gaza" that was independently released via Adidjahiem Records/NotNice Records.

According to figures from Nielsen SoundScan "Pon Di Gaza" only sold eight copies while he got 519 individual downloads of various songs off the album in its first week.

Even though many of our local acts are popular, both locally and abroad, the sale of albums from dancehall stars are not so impressive. Highest recorded sale from a Jamaican artiste for this year belongs to Sean Paul's Imperial Blaze, which reportedly sold over 30, 000 units in its first week.

OutAroad.com wishes to use this medium to urge dancehall lovers to go out and support your favourite Jamaican artiste album so they will make impressive debuts on the Billboard and various international charts.

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September 18, 2009

Kartel Opens Up About the Real Vybz 'Pon Di Gaza'

NEW ALBUM FROM VYBZ KARTEL HITS ITUNES SEPTEMBER 22ND

Pon-Di-Gaza-Vybz-Kartel.jpgVybz Kartel is perhaps the most talked about man in Dancehall--a captivating figure noted just as much for his supposed rivalries and alleged personal controversy as he is for his suave but brazen delivery, racy content, and sharp lyrical agility. His latest album Pon Di Gaza, slated for release on iTunes on Tuesday, September 22nd, gives listeners a totally different perspective; an in-depth look at the man behind the myth.

Released on the Adidjahiem Records/NotNice Records label, Pon Di Gaza is a complete portrayal of the life and times of Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer. Tunes like the Billboard-charting single "Ramping Shop" featuring Spice, "Virginity" featuring Indu, and "Like a Movie" give audiences the flashy "vybz", while new singles like "Teardrops," "What You Won't Do for Love," "Can't Frame Me," and "Yea Though I Walk" gives personal testament of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Adidja.

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August 19, 2009

Vybz Kartel Salutes Jamaica's Lightening Bolt

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New York, NY (Ms. RAINE INC): Mouthing "Gaza Mi Seh" to television cameras during his usual pre-race antics, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt hailed his favorite Dancehall deejay moments before shattering another 100-meter world record in Berlin on Sunday. Today, ace lyricist and leader of the 'Gaza'-based Portmore Empire Vybz Kartel celebrates Bolt's victory with "Lightening Bolt' a clever tribute to Bolt's outstanding world championship triumph--crossing the finish line in a startling 9.58 seconds.

"Yuh neva know Jamaicans nuh play / when yuh see that flag ya clear the way / Black, green, Usain get the gold / just bring back a silver to USA" Kartel rhymes on "Lightening Bolt," incorporating Jamaica's national colors and poking fun at the US's second place finish at the World Championships.

Also known as "Di Teacha,' Kartel's superior lyrical skill and colorful verbage has been lauded among Dancehall afficianados. "Ramping Shop," his fiesty duet with Dancehall deejay Spice, is currently bubbling on the Billboard Top 100 Hip Hop and R&B singles, jumping twenty notches since its debut to its current position at #76. A savy business man, Kartel owns the Vybz Rum and Daggering Condom brands, and heads the Portmore Empire. Based in his hometown, the Empire is Kartel's stable of sizzling new Dancehall talent--including popular deejays Blak Ryno, Jah Vinci, Shawn Storm, and Popcaan-- situated in an area of Portmore known as 'Gaza' in Jamaica's parish of St. Catherine.



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February 25, 2009

"Tell Him A Lie" - Vybz Kartel

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OutAroad.com Writer

The lyrical "teacha" Vybz Kartel is at it again with his latest single called Tell Him A Lie that could easily be described as the smoother version of his mega hit single Rompin Shop which features the recently engaged Portmore Empire first lady Spice.

Even though the Broadcasting Commission has placed a ban on songs with sexual content from playing on the airwaves it seems as if this drastic action won't affect Vybz Kartel's Tell Him A Lie from gaining popularity among dancehall lovers as the single is already available on one of the world's leading mp3 websites imeem.com and is creating quite a stirred on several Dancehall Community Message Boards.


In the song, Vybz Kartel tells a story of a girl who immediately falls in love with him after her first visit to his Rompin Shop.
The deejay sings, "let me tek yuh p*$$y pon a holiday,
love life nuffi boring everyday,
tun back way pon-dah dresser deh,
Skin it out mek mi apply di pressure yeah,
Shi know my C*cky give har good luck,
So every day shi check mi fi a good f**k.

Tell Him A Lie was produced by TJ (TJ Records) who is also responsible for Mavado and Serani's billboard hit singles I'm So Special and No Games.


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January 8, 2009

Vybz Kartel - "Dem Bowy Deh A Coward"


Dem Bwoy Deh A Coward - Vybz Kartel

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Song: Dem Bowy Deh A Coward
Producer: Dj Smurf
Rhythm: Jungle Lion

The roars of ferocious lion, which introduce the instrumentals of all of the songs on Dj Smurf’s Jungle Lion rhythm, are fitting to all of the songs. Vybz Kartel is particularly cross on this production as he is adamant that ‘Dem Bowy Deh A Coward’ and goes to great lengths to convince the listener that they in fact are!

Kartel is his usual self, firing unforgivable hardcore lyrics over the track with the lethality of a Gatling machine gun but the accuracy of a sniper rifle. How can you deny the potency of lines like: "circle di enz wid mi gal cuz nuff bowwy no bad like har’ and ‘dem fi know seh we ah hot head weh squeeze bullet inna face like blackhead"? The man is on fire in this song scorches his opponents.

This song is definitely the hard hitter that we have become accustom to hearing from Vybz Kartel. He compliments the hardcore aspect of his lyrics with clever word play and even the historical implications of a ‘bread fruit coward’, making reference to the old time Jamaican belief that eating too much bread fruit would turn you into a coward! Look out for ‘Dem Bowy Deh A Coward’ to be listed amongst Kartel’s classic songs.


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December 28, 2008

Vybz Kartel new diss song for Movado - Don't Run


Dont Run - Last Man Standing - Vybz Kartel

vybz_kartel_mavado_clash_sting_2008.jpgAfter the clash between Vybz Kartel and Mavado - Di Techa seems to head straight for the first studio in sight to voice a new song titled Don’t Run. In the song, Vybz Kartel boasted that he was the last man standing and advised Mavado not to do any more Sting.


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October 8, 2008

Who is the man- Vybz Kartel or Mavado?

By Kon-Vick
OutAroad.com Writer

vybz_kartel_mavado_feud_song_artistes.jpgOver the years, Jamaica’s dancehall fraternity has always had two or three artists that have competed against each other to captivate the arena or be the real big man so to speak. Historically there have been conflicts between the more dominant figures in the entertainment industry. Back in the day, the likes of Supercat and Ninja man went at it in a toe-to-toe showdown at Sting in 1991, the DJ’s battlefield. There were also conflicts between Ninja Man and Shabba Ranks and Sizzla and Bounty Killer to name a few.

The most famous and long lasting conflict in the dancehall would have to be the never-ending battle between Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. It is definitely the most financially beneficial of all feuds as it has made both artists more popular and in turn filled venues with eager fans waiting to see the show down of all showdowns.

The new generation of younger artists have brewed their own new set of conflicts, like the war between Aidonia and Busy Signal - Aidonia and Munga - Devra Brat and Munga. The most popular one for the moment however would have to be the Vybz Kartel and Movado conflict. This has seen the lyrical dispute manifest into physical “beef” in the streets crossing the line between lyrics and reality (something that never really happened with past rivalries).

Both Movado and Vybz Kartel have been recording diss tracks aimed at each other with their most recent lyrical onslaughts on Skatta’s new ‘Self Defense’ rhythm on which Mavado is adamant that Kartel is a homosexual and Vybz Kartel answers twice by telling him that he will send him to hell and he couldn’t be gay because he was in an intimate relationship with his (Mavado’s) mother.

The question remains - who is the man? Who is the most dominant figure in the dancehall at this moment? Is it the Alliance DJ Mavado or Portmore Empire’s leader Vybz Kartel?

This is what the public has to say about - Who is The Big Man?

Omar, 27, Store Clerk:
Earlier on up inna di year Mavado was the man carrying the title but right now mi affi give the title to Vybz Kartel. Both artistes have out some sick tunes that are running the place but at the end of the day there will only be one and I am betting my money on the Teacha (Vybz Kartel)
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