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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.

More Up 2 Di Time would land in 2004, the same year that Vybz was nominated for a MOBO award in the U.K., although that was quickly withdrawn along with those of Beenie Man and Sizzla over concerns with lyrics representing homophobia. The J.M.T. album dropped in 2005, but that year would see as many headlines as hits as Kartel and Bounty fell out, trading insults in the Jamaican press as accusations of stolen girlfriends, baby fathers, and bogus songwriting credits flew. Kartel would be out of the Killer-led Alliance a year later, immediately joining forces with one of Bounty's biggest enemies, Beenie Man. He then released a series of diss tracks aimed at Bounty Killer's new protégé, Mavado, and it only took a moment before the Jamaican media were entranced.

The next few years would be filled with diss tracks and gossip as young dancehall fans chose sides, declaring themselves Gaza if their allegiance was with Kartel, and Gully if they sided with Mavado. A truce was announced in late 2007, but things escalated during 2008, and in 2009 Vybz released his "Live We Living" single as a call for peace. He also stepped outside his usual genre that year, and partnered with electro producer Diplo for a track on the Major Lazer album Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do. Back home, fans had become so divided into Gaza and Gully camps that gang violence had come into play, prompting Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding to call both artists to the capital for a peace meeting. A peace concert featuring the two artists and promoted by Christopher Coke -- aka "Dudus," the drug lord whose capture later in 2010 would make headlines worldwide thanks to a three-day police standoff -- was planned for early that next year, but was canceled by the country's Minister of Culture.

That year's "Clarks" single became a huge hit for Kartel, spawning two more follow-up singles about the shoe brand that would also climb the charts, while the 2010 album Pon Di Gaza 2.0 produced the hits "Ramping Shop" and "Life Sweet." In 2011 Vybz would release the Kingston Story album with Brooklyn house music producer Dre Skull handling the beats. Kartel was arrested in September of that year and charged with the murder of Barrington "Bosie" Burton, a music promoter based in the St. Catherine suburb of Portmore. In America, the Vice label issued a deluxe version of Kingston Story in 2012, and even though Vybz made bail on the Burton murder charge, he remained jailed based on new charges in connection with the murder of alleged gang member Clive "Lizard" Williams. In early 2014 he was sentenced to life imprisonment. ~ David Jeffries
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Kartel Forever: Trilogy

Disc 1

1. Intro

2. Georgina

3. Business

4. Convertible

5. Nymphomaniac

6. Married And Done

7. So Much Gal

8. Punani A Mi Best Friend

9. Compass

10. Wine Fi Money

11. Mr. Bleach Chin

12. Drop Top

13. School

14. Lighter

15. Bubble Hard

16. Weed Smoker

17. Hold Me

18. Ever Bless

19. Freaky Gal, Pt. 3

20. Right Wine

21. Freaky Gal, Pt. 2

22. Benz Punani

23. No Bed

Disc 2

1. Exercise

2. Why Pree (World Boss)

3. Me A Pree

4. Love Yuh Enuh

5. Party Me Sey

6. Summer Time

7. Turn & Wine

8. Bike Back

9. Stuck / Better Can Wuk

10. Dumpa Truck / That Sweet Yuh

11. You Me Need

12. Stronger We Get

13. Dancehall Hero

14. Look Pon We

15. Cake Soap

16. Colouring Book / Tattoo Time Come

17. Straight Jeans & Fitted

18. You And Him Deh

19. Dandy Shandy

20. So Much Woman

21. Come Yah Nuh Me Gal

22. Stop Gwaan Like Yuh Tuff

Disc 3

1. The Cure (Fi Bad Mind)

2. Peanut Shell

3. Dead Already

4. Repartriation

5. Back To Life

6. Ghetto Life

7. Thank You Jah

8. Jah Jah Watch Over Me

9. Slew Them Like David

10. Sweet Victory

11. Mother's Love

12. Children Are Our Future

13. Jah Love We

14. Real Friends

15. Touch A Button

16. Lyricist

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Track List: Most Wanted

1. New Millenium (Feat. Wayne Marshall)

2. P**sy Jaw

3. Why You Doing It (Feat. Wayne Marshall)

4. Why You Doing It, Part 2 (Feat. Wayne Marshall)

5. Realest Thing

6. Tek

7. Sunrise (Feat. Mavado)

8. Empire Army

9. Kill Dem

10. Rise Di K

11. Brooklyn Anthem

12. Street Pharmacist

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Track List: J.M.T. (Explicit)

1. U Nuh Have A Phone (Hello Moto)

2. Tight P**sy Gal Dem

3. Guns Like These

4. So Me A Say

5. Bad Man Party 2

6. Vybsy Versa Love

7. Car Man

8. Go Fi Dem

9. Late Night

10. Smuggler

11. Gun Session

12. Higher Altitude

13. Dutty Landlord

14. Realest Thing

15. I Neva

16. Little Miss

17. Emergency

18. Need U Girl

19. Say Hello

20. Rough Sex

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Track List: Anytime (Single) (Explicit)

2. Anytime (Feat. Fiona Robinson)

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Track List: Buy Di House Inna Your Name (Single)

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Track List: Compass (Single)

1. Compass

2. Compass

3. Compass Riddim (Instrumental)

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Track List: Dedication (Single)

1. Dedication

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Track List: Drop Top (Single)

1. Drop Top

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Track List: Exclusivity

1. Champagne Bubble

2. Dark Shades

3. Dark Shades (Radio)

4. Faith

5. Blackberry

6. Pretty Little Bunny

7. Without Money

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Track List: Half On A Baby (Clean) (Single)

3. Half On A Baby

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Track List: Hi (Single)

1. Hi

2. Hi

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Track List: Ice Queen (Single)

1. Ice Queen (Feat. Toian)

2. Ice Queen (Instrumental)

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Track List: John John Presents

1. Bank Inna Mi Pocket

2. How Yu P**sy Tight

3. Love Punanny Bad

4. Maths Automatic

5. My Hubby.

6. Pree Dem

7. Proper English

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Track List: Kingston Story

1. Jamaica

2. Beautiful Girl

3. Half On A Baby

4. Go Go Wine

5. Yuh Love (Interlude)

6. Yuh Love

7. My Crew

8. Breathless

9. Mi Remember

10. Push It In

11. Wine Pon Me

12. Fresh

13. Freestyle

14. Ghetto Youth

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Track List: My Gyal (Single)

1. My Gyal

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Track List: No Bed (Single)

2. No Bed

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Track List: Nuh Play Roun Wid Fire (Single) (Explicit)

2. Nuh Play Roun Wid Fire

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Track List: Pon Di Gaza 2.0

Disc 1

1. You A Me Baby

2. Bicycle

3. Gallis Anthem

4. Gal A Weh Me Do You

5. Nah Let Go

6. Cant Get Over Me

7. Hustle The Money

8. Something Ah Go Happen

9. Mr. Officer

10. Like A Movie

11. Go Go Club

12. Story Of My Life

13. Get Wild

14. Gwaan So

15. Love Of Money

16. Gaza Ting A Ling

17. Romping Shop

18. Virginity

19. Come Breed Me

20. Mother In Law

21. Nuh Fraid A Nobody / Neva Scared

22. Without My Own

23. Last Man Standing

Disc 2

1. Carefull

2. Life We Living

3. Struggle

4. Marie

5. Mamma

6. Life Sweet

7. Wah Some Grades

8. Ghetto Youth

9. Yea, Though I Walk

10. Bail For Me

11. Teardrops

12. You Can't Say

13. Come Back Home

14. Love At First Sight

15. Super Star

16. Dollars

17. Million Dollar By A Morning

18. Videorecorder

19. Bun Fi Bun

20. The World Turns

21. Gaza Love

22. Bicycle (Radio Mix)

23. Freestyle

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Track List: Reggae Love Songs (Raw) (Single) (Explicit)

12. Can't Call This A Love Song

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Track List: Romping Shop (Radio Single)

1. Romping Shop

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Track List: The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto - Incarcerated But Not Silenced (Roots & Culture)

2. Thank You Jah

4. Mama

6. Hustle Di Money

8. Where Is The Love For The Black Child

10. Bad Reputation

12. Mr. Broadcast Comission (Anuh My Music)

14. Dem Nuh Like We

16. Something Aguh Happen

18. Struggling

20. Life We Living

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Track List: Upon The Moon (Single)

1. Upon The Moon

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Track List: Viking (Vybz Is King)

1. Intro Skit

2. Dancehall

3. Gon' Get Better Skit

4. Gon' Get Better

5. Enchanting

6. Time

7. Volcano

8. Facebook Like

9. Unstoppable

10. Rep

11. Outro Skit

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Track List: White Line (Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Wifey (Single)

1. Wifey

2. Wifey (Honeymoon Version)

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Track List: Yuh Love (Radio Single)

1. Yuh Love

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Vybes, mi love you baby. Stay strong. Freedom will soon come. # jamerican love always!
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Vybz kartel always and forever!!! Love and know all of his songs. F**KING FREE THE WORLD BOSS....AH GAZA MI SAY!!!!!!
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One thunder ball can free my general hold on vybz
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Free Gaza Boss
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Yo vybz kartel,you own your way.
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I love vybz Kartel always in the city of NEW ORLEANS.
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Vibe Karter is a natural, but iffa ya take a life ya mussa pe da price. Yu haffa do time fuya crime. If he appeal n dem find that he didn't do wha dem se he did, he muss be set free. But we awl muss reap what we sow. The Big one up above knows all things and if Nu guilty. Jah will set ya free!!!. Vybz know what he did n what he didn't do. He muss be truthful n then, Jah will make sure he steps free. Jah Bless.
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VybZ is the best artist out there watch the Teacher work
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Gaza str88, free up the boss
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Love all his songs. He's awesome
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Love all Vybz songs
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me love kartel Gaza mi seh
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Yes he the best
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Vybz kartel is the best dj I know all when his behind bar gaza mi seh str88888
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Vybz kartel forever
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Gyal come wine pan me,me love this song
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Jam vybz wish u wasn't Lockd up
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I love this song more and more everytime i hear it. Keep making your music no matter where you are at.
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Nice MUSIC,!!!!
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Love that song ever bless pum pum
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Compass love that song kartel love you so much free up kartel mama p
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Mii luv Shawn palmer.. Free him
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Love you vybz kartel mad thing gaza fi life
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I Love Me Some Vybz!
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