Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel Stage Names: Vybz Kartel, Worl' Boss, Addi Innocent, Addi Di Teacha, Adi Banton

Birth Name: Adidja Azim Palmer

Born: January 7, 1976, Kingston, Jamaica

Genres: Reggae, dancehall, reggae fusion


Occupations: Deejay, songwriter, entrepreneur, singer, producer, businessman, author

Years active: 1993 - present

Spouse: Stacy Elliott (m. 2006–2008), Tanesha 'Shorty' Johnson

Children: Little Addi, Little Vybz, Addi Aiko

Website: http://vybzkartelbook.com/

Facebook: @TheVoiceOfTheJamaicanGhetto

Twitter: @iamthekartel

Labels: Adidjahiem Records, Vice Records

First Single: Love Fat Woman

Albums: Up 2 Di Time (2003), Timeless (2004), More Up 2 Di Time (2004), J.M.T (2005), The Teacher's Back (2008), Most Wanted (2009), Pon Di Gaza 2.0 (2010), Kingston Story (2011), The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto - Incarcerated But Not Silenced (2013), Kartel Forever: Trilogy (2013), Reggae Love Songs (2014), Viking (Vybz Is King) (2015)

Books: The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto

Reality Show: Teacha's Pet

Businesses: Street Vybz Rum, Addi's Shoes, Cake Soap, Daggering Condoms

Incarceration: Vybz Kartel is serving life imprisonment for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams and will be eligible for parole after 35 years.

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Vybz Kartel Facts

  • Vybz Kartel was born at Kingston's Victoria Jubilee Hospital on Wednesday January 7th, 1976.
  • Attended Calabar High School in Kingston but never graduated because of expulsion. However, he completed his studies at a tutorial technical school.
  • Began writing his own song lyrics at age 11.
  • Kartel's first stage name was "Adi Banton" which he chose in tribute to his role model Buju Banton.
  • Recorded his first single in 1993 titled "Love Fat Woman" for Alvin's Reid's One Heart Label.
  • Crowned 2002 deejay of the year at Stone Love's 30th anniversary.
  • Wrote songs for Bounty Killer and other members of the Alliance.
  • Assaulted Ninja Man on stage at Sting 2003 but made a public apology four days later settling their differences.
  • Founded the "Portmore Empire" which include artists like Popcaan, Gaza Slim, Shawn Storm, Sheba, Gaza Indu and Tommy Lee among others. Former members include Lisa Hype, Gaza Kim, Blak Ryno, Jah Vinci, Dosa Medicine and Merital Family.
  • The Vybz Kartel (Gaza) vs Mavado (Gully) feud started towards the end of 2006 with both party releasing numerous diss songs. The feud continued on and off but finally ended in December 2009 with both artists crying for peace.
  • The single "Ramping Shop" featuring Spice debut on the Billboard Top 100 Singles charts.
  • His 2010 hit single "Clarks" was a huge hit locally and internationally. Clarks sale numbers and prices increased considerably following the song's release.
  • Established his own recording studio "Adidjahiem Records" in 2010.
  • Banned from radio stations in Guyana by the National Communications Network of Guyana in late 2011.
  • Kartel's reality show "Teacha's Pet" came to an abrupt end when he was arrested in September 2011 on murder charges.
  • Kartel's book "The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto" is permanently added to Princeton University's collection.
  • Vybz Kartel Net worth is about US$3 million. Sources have reported as low as US$1 million and others as high as US$5.5 million.

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