Tag: Vybz Kartel
Last month, the “Party Shot” deejay went on an Instagram rant while interacting with his fans on Live. During his rant, he curses out Alkaline and a Vendetta fan who asked him to give his dancehall rival a shout-out. “Alkaline a batty boy bout big up Alkaline wha happen to you pu**y,” Poppy said. The “Pretty Girl Team” deejay never responded until now.
Mavado posted a video from one of his recent performances on Instagram yesterday with the caption, “The girls love bad boys.” Alkaline cosigned the statement and used the opportunity to take a shot at Popcaan. “Rich badness anuh fi di clown dem,” Alka wrote in the comment section.
In case your at a loss as to why his statement is a shot at the Unruly Boss, I will inform you that Popcaan released a song last month titled “Rich & Bad.” The two dancehall deejays have been beefing since last year, but their feud reached a boiling point earlier this year when Alkaline released a scathing diss track, “Microwave.” Popcaan never responded to that diss record, except to take a few shots at his rival in a few songs released later in the year and also on social media.
There are some talks that Mavado and Alkaline are working on a new diss track aimed at Popcaan and Vybz Kartel.
The aced dancehall deejay is closing out the year on a high and already he his looking beyond 2017, putting his fans on high alert for a flurry of new singles at the top of the new year. Vybz Kartel previews a new song on Instagram tentatively titled “One Box.” The snippet drew some criticism from some dancehall fans who are accusing him of promoting domestic violence against women. The cover art for the single features a female with a black with her finger over her lips.
In all fairness to Kartel, the song seems to be centered around a female who is dating a man who beats her for going home late. Whether or not Kartel is promoting domestic violence is up for debate. “One box in a yo face, just true yo reach home late, Jesus Christ good thing yo never dweet whole day, dead yo would a dead same place, the boy waan kill yo for your pum pum,” Kartel deejay over a dancehall beat.
It’s also fair game to let the full song be released before making a proper judgment on whether or not he is promoting the beating of women by men. “Sooooo people just listened to likkle (few) line and crying bout promotion of domestic violence. Lets hear the whole song nuh!!” one fan wrote in the comments.
“Don’t like the theme of this song nothing to dance to here. Domestic violence is no joke some men will listen to that theme and use it as an instruction manual,” another fan wrote. Our Gazanation sources confirmed that the song will be released in January.
Vybz Kartel has been dropping an average of two songs per week since the start of fall this year.
Alkaline rise up the “Helter Skelter” in his new song produced by DJ Frass.
Some dancehall fans are already calling the track a diss aimed at Popcaan and Vybz Kartel, but we reached out to a rep for the Vendetta deejay who told us that it’s not a diss record. That still is not stopping fans from drawing comparisons between Alkaline and Vybz Kartel new releases. While the incarcerated deejay has been dropping an average two songs per week, the Vendetta deejay hardly drops a single song per month this year.
Alkaline and Popcaan have reignited their beef this week when they started taking shots at each other on Instagram. The social media feud erupted when the Unruly Boss went on a rant on IG Live when a fan asked him to send some shout-outs to his dancehall rival. The “Suave” deejay has been having a phenomenal year with at least half a dozen smash hit singles in constant rotation on dancehall airwaves.
Let’s see if you can add this new track “Helter Skelter” to his growing list of hits. Take a listen below.
NotNice produced a number of hits for Vybz Kartel in the 2000s and was once the go-to producer for the dancehall ace, but in 2011 they had a bitter fallout that saw the incarcerated deejay sending armed men to confiscate the producer’s engineering equipment. The producer says that he was hurt by the incident and during a 2014 interview with ER, he said that he will never forgive the artist and former friend for what he did.
“No forgiveness cannot be there because there was no explanation,” NotNice said. “I was in thin air I don’t know what transpire. How should I forgive you when I give you a chance to explain yourself and you not even said anything.”
Seems that’s all now water under the bridge and NotNice may have now forgiven Kartel for what he did back then. The producer posted a photo of Vybz Kartel’s 2003 album Up 2 Di Time. What was special about that particular copy of the album is that it was given to him personally by the Gazanation Boss. “@djwizzzle from #2k3 Was a fan before mi produce the first song @vybzkartel nuff respect. Christmas eve 2003 #timeless,” NotNice wrote in the caption. What was even more striking was that Vybz Kartel liked the photo.
Sources told us that NotNice and Vybz Kartel are still not on speaking terms, but this is a gesture in the right direction. “They have a lot of history and make a whole lot of hits over the years so this could be a good thing for them to link back up and make music again,” our Gaza source said. “A decade is enough time to heal wounds and we already see signs that Kartel is making peace with other people who he once had issues with like Bounty Killer, Rvssian.”
In an interview in 2014, NotNice says that working with Vybz Kartel and Alkaline has damaged his career because of their controversial image including skin bleaching and lyrical content.
Masicka new song “Kill Quick” is a direct message to his enemies.
The dancehall deejay serves up his latest gangsta anthem “Kill Quick,” produced by Jay Crazyie Records. “Genahsyde me see man a buy gun and them no have the heart / From me dog fi bark ready fi walk the walk / Go squeeze the trigger then ago start the sparks / Push a knife a yo neck and it no affi sharp,” the Genahsyde leader spits.
Masicka premiered the video for “10 Outta 10” last week and released two new singles last months. This year he scored a handful of hits including some big collaborations with Ishawna and Vybz Kartel, “InfraRed.” The deejay received some backlash earlier this year for his “InfraRed” music video which portrays the robbery of an armored vehicle full of money and plenty high powered guns.
Listen Masicka new song “Kill Quick.”
On Tuesday night, the Unruly Boss took some time out to mingle with his fans on Instagram Live but things didn’t go according to plan. There were some Gaza and Vendetta fans on his IG Live trolling him and he responded to them harshly. Not only did he ripped fans, but he also went in on Alkaline calling him gay.
One of Kartel’s Gaza fans accused Popcaan of selling out the Gaza and then sends the former Gaza prefect into a rage. “Go s**k out your mother bout sell out Gaza,” Poppy said. “Pu*** Gaza deh on sale batty man or batty gal. Shaniqua Brown go nyam out your muma. A we build Gaza bumbo hole. Which part Gaza a sell because everybody want to buy the Gaza.”
Popcaan also took timeout to give Vybz Kartel props despite some recent statement from the Gazanation boss that he doesn’t want to hear it from the OVO Unruly deejay. “Big up Vybz Kartel you hear that, a nuff youths Kartel help, so you done know we forever rate Kartel,” the deejay said. “But we no beg friend from now boy, from you no rate we, we don’t rate you either, and you don’t have to listen to we music.”
The dancehall legend was convicted for murder On November 20th in the Home Circuit court after prosecution introduced seven witnesses who testified against the deejay. But the artist is arguing that the justice system failed him because he did not commit the murder. Ninjaman’s brother, Gonzellio Ballentine, believes his brother was convicted base on a perception that he is a murderer.
“They convicted him base on his image as a bad man and as a hardcore dancehall artist who deejays gun lyrics,” Ballentine said. “That doesn’t mean that you’re a murderer or a killer, not because you do music about badness means that you’re guilty of a crime. The whole trial was bias against him from the start and they have this case over him head for eight years and now they want to send him to prison for the rest of his life.”
Some close friends of the “Kingston Town” deejay are making the same arguments with one of his close friends, who requested anonymity, telling us that they made an example out of him. “Right now the government used Ninja as an example because crime and corruption is out of control and they want to use him to send a message,” he said. “They used him because he is a powerful figure in the society just like how they used Vybz Kartel to send a message and send him to prison for life. This is not fair to these artists because that is like ending their lives.”
Ninjaman is facing a life sentence for the murder conviction. According to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, the artists murder case stemmed from a fight over kitchen space at a house on Marl Road, Kingston 13, in March 2009. Ninjaman, real name Desmond Ballentine, his son Janiel, and Dennis Clayton were convicted for the killing of Ricardo Johnson, known in the community as Ricky Trooper.
Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for a murder conviction. Kartel, his protege Shawn “Storm” Campbell, and his friends Andre St John and Kahira Jones, were convicted for the killing of Clive “Lizard” Williams. Police never found Williams body.
Vybz Kartel new single “Watch Over Us” is a huge hit in the Latin market and now we have the visuals.
The cut was directed by Damaniac Visualz and features a number of smoking hot Spanish chicks showing off their banging body while parting to Kartel’s music. This is the second video from the incarcerated deejay over the past few days and sources inside the Gaza told us that they have a bunch of new visuals to drop before the Christmas holiday festivities.
Vybz Kartel’s appeal trial was recently pushed back to July 9th, 2018 after his legal team requested more time to prepare for the case. The aced dancehall star has been behind bars since 2011 and was convicted of murder in 2014. He and his three co-accused were sentenced to life and he was given 35 years before being eligible for parole. Despite his incarceration, Vybz Kartel manages to remain at the top of dancehall thanks to his work ethics. Over the last three months alone he released more than two dozens new songs.
Vybz Kartel drop a comedic video for his single “Poco Man Skank.”
The track was released in April on the Money Mix Riddim, produced by Good Good Productions. The single sparked some controversies earlier this year when some fans started branding it as a diss towards beauty queen turn politician Lisa Hanna. Hanna famously called for Vybz Kartel music to be banned from the airwaves given the fact that he is a convicted felon. The cut was directed by Genesis Films and BlingBlang and features some cameos from a few well known local actors including one half of the Ity and Fancy Cat duo.
Vybz Kartel has been having a busy fall season with a ton of new music and videos to appease his fans for the holiday season. The dancehall deejay is currently in prison serving a life sentence, but that has not slowed down his supply of new music. Watch the video for “Poco Man Skank” below.
Is Vybz Kartel the king of dancehall?
Fans of the genre have been debating for the past few weeks about who is the king of dancehall music after crowning Spice the new queen. Beenie Man and Spice butt heads last month over whether or not she is the new dancehall queen since Lady Saw hang up her mic. According to Beenie, the “So Mi Like It” deejay is more of a self appointed designated queen and then she shot back accusing him of doing the same thing.
Spice accused the Doc of being a self-proclaim king while referring to Kartel as the true heir to the throne. Dancehall HipHop conducting a poll on social media where we asked fans who is the king of of Jamaica’s dominant music culture. Approximately 71 percent of respondents chooses Vybz Kartel over Beenie Man as the current king of dancehall.
“Right now I think Spice and Vybz Kartel are the queen and king of dancehall, I have ratings for Beenie Man, but right now Kartel is the man even from behind bars,” one fan told us. “There is no debating that the Worl’Boss achieved a height in dancehall that Beenie never did and even in prison the man is still running the game.”
“Beenie Man was the king but his rein has come to an end its Vybz Kartel who is the true king now,” another fan added. “Beenie should retire now just like Lady Saw and let Kartel take the title. Nothing wrong with these old heads stepping aside making way for the new generation to run the business.”
Despite the enthusiasm of some dancehall fans, there are still some folks who thinks that Beenie is still at the helm of dancehall. “Beenie is still the king but Kartel is seriously a strong contender for the title, but it’s foolish to think the either is the king right now when Sean Paul achieved so much for the music,” one fan said.
Vybz Kartel, who is currently serving life in prison, released an album last year titled King of the Dancehall. The pro
Mavado link with his longtime producer Di Genius for a new single dedicated to the ladies, “Red Rose.”
Mavado is one of those rare dancehall artist that has the Midas touch because everything he released this year have been instant hits and this new single will be no different. “Man yo fi dede fi yo lady / Yo fi bring red rose fi yo girl / She love the things you do you do / No other man no fi dede fi yo girl,” Mavado sings.
Mavado has aligned himself with Alkaline and Jahmiel, two of the leading batch of young artists in dancehall currently. The trio formed a clique called MVP, the acronym for Mavado, Vendetta, and Patriotz. The Gullyside singjay has been having a great year in dancehall, but at the same time he is allowing the younger acts to shine. He also made headlines recently for his beef with Popcaan and Tommy Lee Sparta, both artists emerged from under Vybz Kartel wing, so the hatred runs deep.
Vybz Kartel previews two new raunchy singles for the Christmas holiday.
The Gazanation boss teased the upcoming singles, “My Boo” and “Watch Over Us,” on his Instagram last night. The songs were produced by TJ Records and could arrive as early as this weekend, sources told us. “LIKE I SAID!!!…GAZAGURLZ LETS PARTY TOGETHER THIS CHRISTMAS.WANNA BE MY BOO? COMING SOON,” Kartel wrote. We’re told that the singles could arrive as early as tomorrow night.
“Think of these two tracks as a Christmas treat for the ladies from the Worl’Boss,” sources said. “TJ [Records] had these tracks in the vault for a little while and we think its the right time to release them. The single “My Boo” is a bit of a dancehall love song that will showcase Kartel’s versatility. You will find that The Teacha won’t come with the same style and flow with every song, it’s always something different.”
Since around August, Vybz Kartel has been dropping an average of two songs per week and is showing no signs of slowing down. This week he already released one song and could drop two more by tomorrow. Despite being behind bars since 2011, Kartel seems like he is the hardest working artist in dancehall currently.
Masicka debuts his new single “Stop Talk To Me” on the Tide Riddim, produced by Cr203 Records.
The Genahsyde deejays about marijuana over the dancehall beat. “Nah hear wa them a say because mi high / Take mi brain out of the ghetto first and put in it a the sky / Highest set of weed a smoke just look in a mi eye / jump off a the plain the brain food it affi buy,” Masicka rhymes.
Since aligning himself with Vybz Kartel’s former business partner, Corey Todd, Masicka has seen a surge in his career both locally and internationally. This year he scored a number of hits including a song with Vybz Kartel “InfraRed.” He also recorded singles with artists like Bounty Killer and Ishawna. Listen to Masicka new song “Stop Talk To Me” on the Tide Riddim below.
This is the second song that Kartel released this week after dropping a new joint dedicated to his mother on Monday. Recently, the Gazanation deejay has been quietly taking shots his former protege Popcaan who he previously ousted as being a disloyal member of the Gaza over his alignment with Drake. In one of his recent songs, Kartel accused the Unruly Boss of stealing some of his styles and now on this new Dunwell Productions-produced single, he calls him bad mind.
“Judas by time you say a who that / Back fly go Cuba, wat time now Muller / Time fi you stop watch man give thanks for what you have / Red eye will blind yo or make man wine yo / How yo fi badmind yo friend wa the bloodclat do them… / Cut them off like Gillette / How yo fi badmind yo friend unni fi move and go weh / Give them a spinners with six shots Russian Roulette / Bout yo rate me yo no rate me talk yo a talk / But mi naan hear nutten just blah blah blah,” Vybz Kartel deejay over a dancehall beat.
In the lyrics, Kartel is saying that Popcaan badmind (envy) him for the things he achieved and then always talk about how much he rates (respect) Vybz Kartel, but now him Kartel stop listening to all of that and sees him for what he really is, badmind and disloyal.
During an interview back in July in the UK, Popcaan opened up about the hate that he has been getting from Vybz Kartel and the rest of the Gazanation fan base which makes up more than half the dancehall fans population in his opinion. Poppy also said that he learned from the hate that he has been experiencing and that is helping him stay on top.
“Since I’ve been around Vybz Kartel like a lot of people use to hate Vybz Kartel but he stayed on top and I learn that from him,” Popcaan explains. “That is why if Vybz Kartel hate Popcaan today I will forever be on top because I learn that from him.”
Alkaline may have stopped skin bleaching and dancehall fans are giving him two thumbs up.
The Vendetta boss posted a video on Instagram last night promoting an upcoming show in New Jersey. Some of his fans quickly noticed that he looked a lot darker than he did recently. “Alka a turn back black them dead ya now general,” one fan wrote, while another added, “Can’t even break down Alkaline progression. You can say “black alkaline, tattoo alkaline, bleach alkaline” it all happened in the same week.”
Alkaline started bleaching around 2014 when his career just started to blow up. Since then we’ve learned that his tattoo eyeball was fake and that he was wearing contacts as part of a scheme to fool his fans. We now learn that his skin bleaching was not permanent since the below video shows that he is getting back black. Here is a photo of Alkaline taken last month.
Vybz Kartel is another dancehall artist famous for skin bleaching but his procedure seems like a more permanent solution since he has maintained his lightness six years after being in prison. There are some recently speculations that his skin bleaching remedy may have poisoned his body and has resulted in his hospitalization a few times since his incarceration.
Vybz Kartel highly anticipated appeal trial has been pushed back to a new date.
The dancehall artist’s appeal trial was originally set for February 19, 2018, but the case has been pushed back to July 9th next year. Vybz Kartel team of lawyers led by Tom Tavares-Finson filed a motion asking the appeal court judges for more time to prepare for the case. The motion was approved and a new date has been agreed upon. This means that the Gazanation deejay will have to wait an additional five months to know his fate.
Three weeks has been set aside for the July appeal trial where the defense will make its case that the artist was not given a fair trial due to the numerous issues with the case such as evidence tampering and witness intimidation. The prosecution team will also make their case for the conviction to stay in place by citing the numerous evidence against the four co-accused, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John.
All four men are serving life imprisonment with Vybz Kartel getting the longest sentence before he gets a parole hearing. He will have to serve at least 35 years and by that time he will be 72 years old. His dancehall protege Shawn Storm and close friend Kahira Jones will have to serve 25 years before parole, while St John will have to serve 15 years minimum. The four men have been behind bars since 2011 and were convicted in 2014, which means they would have already served six years. All four men have maintained their innocence.
Despite his incarceration for half a decade, Vybz Kartel continues to dominate dancehall with his music. At one point he was under investigation by the correctional department for illegally recording music in prison. But he is still putting out a consistent supply of new music.
Popcaan drop the video for his new gangsta anthem “El Chapo” and he used the opportunity to send a clear message to his enemies.
The video clip features Popcaan living in a mansion at an undisclosed location (Kingston) just like a drug kingpin. He surrounds himself with lots of women and thugs that do his bidding. The gritty single was produced by NotNice while the video was directed by RD Studios. The also features the police commissioner issuing a statement to the media saying he will find Popcaan at all cost.
Popcaan drop the single in September and since then its become an anthem in dancehall and one of the deejay’s biggest hits this year. The Unruly Boss has had a great year in 2017 and further cementing his place as one of the greatest dancehall artists of this generation after only a decade in the game. He started out as a protege of Vybz Kartel before honing his own career and forming his own group Unruly.
Watch Popcaan new video “El Chapo” below.
Shortly after getting her ring, Cardi B posted a video showing off her 8-karat rock while listening to Vanessa Bling 2011 dancehall banger “Everything Fi Hold Him.” Bardi got a lot of shoutout from her Jamaican fan base for posting the clip and now she is getting some major props from Vanessa Bling herself.
“Cardi B always support my music even before she buss and get big in the music business,” Bling said. “I rate her and love how she’s a true hustler. She’s a real girl and I’m glad for her. I love how she never give up and always kept pushing for greatness.”
Cardi B is currently working on a collaboration with Vanessa Bling’s former mentor Vybz Kartel. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper was in Jamaica last week shooting a new music video with Rvssian and doing some recording for her upcoming album. Do you think Cardi B and Vanessa Bling should work on a collaboration?
Bling has been touring extensively Europe and Africa over the past couple of weeks and so far she said the journey has been great. She posted a pic of herself yesterday in Jerusalem praying. “Today is a happy day for me #Jerusalem this is where my Father was put to rest I only see this place on TV Christmas time. Now am here DEAR LORD I THANK YOU,” she wrote.
Vybz Kartel’s “Mhm Hm” was the leading song in dancehall at least until this week when it was overthrown by Alkaline’s hot new single “Suave.” The rivalry between Kartel and Alkaline is showing no signs of slowing down and this can only means more hit songs for their respective fans. This week, the Vendetta leader seems to have the upper hand with two new singles bubbling on the dancehall airwaves.
Since it’s released a week ago, Suave clocked 1.2 million views on YouTube and around 3.5 million streams on Apple Music and Spotify. Coupled that with airplay on radio and in parties helped pushed the song to the top spot in the dancehall space in a week. Vybz Kartel’s new single “Kremlin” produced by Rvssian is also doing very well with around 850,000 views on YouTube. That song was also released the same day that Alkaline dropped “Suave” and is currently the second most listened to dancehall song over the past week.
There is currently an intense debate among dancehall fans on social media about which of the two songs is better. You can share your thoughts in the comments below.
Offset shouldn’t be jealous because he gets to sleep next to her. It’s no secret that Cardi B is a huge dancehall fan and Vybz Kartel represents the pinnacle of the genre so it’s no surprise either that he is her favorite artist. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper was in Jamaica last week to shoot a music video for a song with Rvssian and reggaeton artist Ozuna. There are already rumors of a collaboration with Vybz Kartel in the works and that was likely orchestrated by Rvssian.
Cardi B posted a screenshot of a post Vybz Kartel made on Instagram last month giving her a big shoutout. “I can cry @vybzkartel is my favorite artist of all time Me and my friends teenagehood was all about dancing to @vybzkartel #FreeVybz,” she wrote. Bardi also regularly post videos of herself vibing Vybz Kartel songs.
Cardi B is the biggest success story in hip hop this year thanks to her breakout hit single “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).” The song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the second woman in history to top the chart with a solo record. The first female artist to achieve that success was Lauryn Hill in 1998. The former Love and Hip Hop New York star is currently working on her debut album.
Vybz Kartel continues to make his mark on dancehall six years after his incarceration. Over the last two months alone, he has released enough music to make two albums and almost all of his new singles have been hits in the dancehall space. Kartel is currently awaiting his appeal trial in February next year and he is also working on an upcoming project, due early next year.
The “Bodak Yellow” rapper was in Jamaica last week to shoot a music video for the famed producer but seems that was not all she did in reggae land. There were some rumors floating around claiming that she visited Vybz Kartel in prison, but sources told us that did not happen. Instead, she spends some time at GeeJam villa where there is a studio and record some new music.
Over the weekend, Cardi B wrote on Instagram that Vybz Kartel is her favorite artist of all time. “I can cry @vybzkartel is my favorite artist of all time Me and my friends teenagehood was all about dancing to @vybzkartel #FreeVybz,” she wrote. She didn’t mention the new collaborative single, but what artist don’t want to work with their idol.
Rvssian and Vybz Kartel are again working on new music. Last week the longtime collaborators released the new hit single “Kremlin” featured on the producer’s new project, Moscow Riddim. The incarcerated deejay has cranked up the dial in the past two months by releasing a flurry of new singles including “Mhm Hm,” “Don’t Come Back,” and “Kremlin.”
The firestorm started last weekend when Beenie Man told Winford Williams on OnStage that Spice is more like a self-appointed designated queen of dancehall and not one who has the support of the vast majority of dancehall artists. Spice shot back on her Instagram page saying that Beenie Man too is a self-appointed king of the dancehall, but the real king, in her opinion, is behind bars, Vybz Kartel.
Seems the Gazanation boss has been tuning in to whats been happening and decided to add his voice to the mix. Kartel posted a comment on Spice photo on IG this morning assuring her that she is the queen. “Queen of Dancehall you look good nuh bloodcl**t,” Kartel wrote. “Queen of Dancehall in her throne drinking sperone.” Spice posted a photo of herself actually drinking Sperone.
Our Gaza sources told us that Vybz Kartel supports Spice as the queen and himself as the king. “Addi the King and Spice the queen that’s how dancehall set right now and Vybz Kartel showing that he can rule from behind bars,” sources told us. “All the old people them fi retire and stop badmind the younger acts. Addi a the king, the greatest to ever set foot on a dancehall platform no one can dispute that. Lady Saw was the queen but she gave up the throne and baptize, we wish her the best, but the only female who can fill her shoe right now is Spice.”
Ninja Man was taken into custody earlier this month for a decade old murder case that has been delayed over a dozen times. A judge has since ordered the trial be commence as soon as possible and the dancehall icon now has to wait on his fate behind bars. Some dancehall fans on social media are pointing fingers to Sting promoter Isaiah Laing as the mastermind behind Ninja Man being back behind bars.
“So as soon as around the time for Sting Ninja Man is suddenly in jail, seems a bit suspect to me,” one fan wrote while another fan added, “Ninja Man is going to get the same fate as Vybz Kartel cuz Laing naan play. Them say a Kartel and Ninja Man mashup Sting and now the two a them ago go prison. Free up Ninja and free up Worl’Boss #oppression.”
While performing the 2014 GT Taylor’s Christmas Extravaganza, Ninja Man took a few shots at Isaiah Laing on stage. “You Mr. Isaiah laing wid yo pop down show when yo a do your talent search fi find artist to come a war,” he said. “If GT never put that sign up here I would have send you far far up under your (oh god).” Vybz Kartel also had the same issue with the Sting promoter back in 2010 and by September 2011, just before the staging of Sting that year, he was arrested in Kingston and slapped with two murder charges.
A year ago, Ninja Man posted a video on social media warning his fans that he could get the same fate as Vybz Kartel because of his fallout with the Sting promoter. “Everybody that decided not to do Mr. Laing show or not to work with him, he has his own system where he will put you in prison or send you to jail,” Ninja Man said. “Same way with Vybz Kartel who stopped worked with him and they never stopped fighting him until he ended up in jail. Mr. Laing will do anything in his power to tear down an artist that don’t want to work with him. So people can look out for anything to happen with my case because they are planning a whole lot of things. My case should have finished a long time ago, but because they want to have it over my head.”
Mavado link up with Chimney Records’ Jordan for a new single “All Night.”
It’s an MVP affair for Chimney this holiday season with new songs from Mavado, Alkaline and Jahmiel. The Gullyside female fans will like this new track from the gad. “Me like fi see when yo bend down and yo as up in the air / She a give me one island ride and a laugh a change the gear / Gal ready when mi tell yo say fi ride all night / Lickle red ride woulda ride her bike,” the singjay sings.
Mavado has only released a handful of new singles this year but almost all of them have been hits. The Gullyside singjay have already cemented his place in dancehall as one of the greatest to have ever done it. Earlier this year he and Vybz Kartel reignited their legendary feud but that was short lived.
Kartel made the strong statement in his new song “Kremlin” produced by Rvssian. Both rival deejays released new music over the weekend and fans of both sides of the divide are weighing on which one is better. In the incarcerated deejay’s new single “Kremlin,” he took shots at Alkaline in a few lines. “Who borrow me style fi know say dem owe me pon the loan / We a mega star, so everything we do it haffi show,” Kartel deejay over the Moscow Riddim.
Alkaline has been criticized for the past few years for stealing Vybz Kartel’s style. The Vendetta deejay denied the allegations and his fans have been pushing back while also accusing the Gazanation boss of being envious of Alka’s rise in dancehall. “We all know that the blind boy thief Addi style and can’t come out with a new song unless he is copying someone style,” one fan wrote.
“As a non Vendetta or Gaza fan,” one fan wrote. “A non biased ear can’t help but to be honest that Alkaline stop following Kartel and find his own cadence and flow since his last album and a whole bunch of singles. I respect Vybz Kartel but fans use the days of him following Kartel to this day to ignorantly discredit his talent. On the other hand he had to do what he had to do because of you the same fans who make it hard for any artist to catch your attention and to show their talent without some copying or controversy.”
Vybz Kartel drop three music videos this weekend but perhaps the most anticipated of all of them is “Mhm Hm.”
The single went viral following its released last month and triggered a massive sales boast for oatmeal, peanuts and Suppligen in Jamaica, that’s the power of Vybz Kartel. The cut was directed by Dameon Gayle of Terminal 4 Media. Since round the end of the summer this year, Kartel released more than a dozen new singles, but this is a fan favorite. He also released another video for his single “Don’t Come Back.”
Vybz Kartel received some criticisms over the summer from some dancehall fans for not releasing enough new music. Now that he has responded to fans plea for more new material, they can’t get enough. “Mhm Hm” received close to 3.5 million views on YouTube in the first month of being released, clocking roughly 1 million views per week.
Vybz Kartel gets another mainstream feature this time on the soundtrack for AMC’s supernatural action serious Preacher.
Despite being incarcerated since 2011, Vybz Kartel has remained very much relevant in Jamaica’s dominant music form, dancehall. The Gazanation leader, aka Worl’Boss, has added significantly to his vast catalog during his time behind bars. This year he did a collaboration with Mangi Mahal, “Balle! Shava!” The track is featured on the soundtrack for AMC’s hit series Preacher.
For those of you who haven’t yet been watching, Preacher, it’s time to get on the bandwagon. The show is now in its second season and has reportedly been renewed for a third next year. The first season averaged around 3 million viewers per episode, so these are ears that Vybz Kartel will reach and these might be folks who have never heard his music before. The series was developed for AMC by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen and starring Dominic Cooper.
Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, will get a shot to vindicate himself and walk free come February of next year when his appeal trial kicks off in the Appeal Court in Kingston. The dancehall star is currently serving life for a 2014 murder conviction. He will be eligible for parole in 35 years. Throughout the two-month trial, the defense argued that police officers tampered with cellphone evidence presented in court and also intimidate one of the defense witnesses. As if that wasn’t enough, one member of the jury was arrested the same day the artist was convicted of murder.
That juror, Livingston Caine, is now on trial for conspiracy and attempted bribery charges and faces a few years in prison if convicted. Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, have all maintained their innocence despite the mountain of evidence presented in the case against them. The murder victim, Clive “Lizard” Williams, body was never found.
The list of nominees for the 2017 Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards for Best Reggae Act came out last week and all five nominees are local Jamaican artists. Popcaan, Alkaline, Aidonia, Chronixx, and Damian Marley are the five nominees this year. A lot of dancehall fans are again questioning why Vybz Kartel was snubbed despite having a massive year last year which continues into this year.
“The system trying to fight against the boss [Vybz Kartel] but they can’t stop him,” one fan wrote. “Kartel had a bigger year than Popcaan, Aidonia, and Alkaline and yet he was not nominated for a MOBO are you kidding me. This is utter nonsense and that’s why people can’t take these awards serious anymore.”
Fans echoed some similar sentiments last year when the deejay was not nominated. There is an underlining reason why Vybz Kartel may not get a MOBO nomination, at least as long as he is behind bars he may never get a nomination per the rules of the award show. Additionally, MOBO is based in the UK where most radio stations are barred from playing songs from convicted felons who are serving time behind bars like Vybz Kartel who is doing life for a murder case.
One fan criticized those fans who are angry at Kartel’s MOBO snub while drawing reference to his album sales numbers last year. “Don’t make music fool you prison is taking a hold on Vybz Kartel Now you cannot be in prison for murder and get the mobo award and apart from that he’s not doing any live performance 3249 in 15 weeks sales for the top dancehall artists of 2016 that’s a shame on dancehall and Vybz Kartel the great Shabba Ranks used to sell millions and Beenie Man gaza fans please don’t even brag about it on YouTube 3249 copies that’s a shame on Kartel?” Joel wrote.
Despite being incarcerated since 2011, he has remained in the top echelon of dancehall with a consistent supply of new music. Last year, he came under investigation under orders directly from the Ministry of National Security for allegations that he has been recording music in prison, something that would be illegal and could potentially send him into solitary confinement. Nevertheless, new music continues to pour out of Vybz Kartel coffers like hot bread and he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Vybz Kartel appeal case is progressing very well according to one of his attorneys Valerie Neita Robertson.
The trial is set to commence in the Jamaica Appeal Court in February of next year, but there are still some doubts among the dancehall artist’s fans about whether or not he will be vindicated. Currently, there are not a lot of faith in the Jamaican justice system, but Kartel’s attorneys have expressed confidence in winning the case come next year.
“The appeal is progressing pretty well, we have seen some delays, but don’t worry about that, that is on the management and administrative side, but other than that, things are progressing well,” Neita Roberston told Loop. “We have certain things to do within a prescribed time and it will be done.” The veteran lawyer added that the defense team is going into the trial well prepared and will be very detailed in their argument on why he was not given a fair trial.
Vybz Kartel, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were convicted in 2014 of the murder of their friend Clive “Lizard” Williams. All four men are currently serving life sentences for the gruesome murder where the victim’s body was never found. The murder trial sparked a lot of controversies and most fans of the artists are left with an impression that he was not given a fair trial. There were issues of police intimidating witnesses and tampering with evidence, as well as, a well-publicised issue of one juror attempting to bribe the forewoman to return a not guilty verdict. That juror, Livingston Caine, is currently on trial for corruption and conspiracy and could face up to three years in prison.
If he loses the appeal, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole. He already served six years.
Shawn Storm released an animated video for his gritty Alkaline diss track “Full Clip Load.”
The clip starts out with Shawn Storm escaping from prison before going on a crime spree that ended with his rescuing Vybz Kartel from prison. In the song, Kartel protege diss all of the Gaza enemies starting with Alkaline and move down the line to Aidonia’s J.O.P., Busy Signal, Mavado, and Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor. “Everybody mi ago kill everybody / all tha one deh weh sound like Addi,” he deejay.
Shawn Storm has always been loyal to Vybz Kartel and was even convicted for the same murder that the Gaza boss is serving life for. Storm will be eligible for parole in 25 years. Both artists, as well as, the other two men convicted for the crime will have their first appeal court hearing in February next year. All four men have maintained their innocence.