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Vybz Kartel has a song for every topic and his new single “Pregnant” tackles pregnancy.
The bedroom anthem was produced by CR203 productions and features Kartel rhyming over an instrumental dancehall beat. “Parents just dont understabd when yuh skin out yuh friends video for yuh man / Mi send back mi john pun two phone / Cause dah screwn deh too small and / Mi baddy too long yuh understand / Love how yuh girl it voraciously,” the Gaza boss deejay.
In another line, Vybz Kartel deejay about what he plans to do with his girl in the bedroom. “Right now dis yah backshot / Wicket like when stinga dem a war rat bat / Dung inna yuh lane yuh log pon mi laptop / Knock knock batty jaw guh yuh clap clap,” he deejays.
Since last month, Vybz Kartel has been dropping at least two songs per week following a brief period of dormancy. The incarcerated deejay was relatively quietly during the summer months, but then his fans started to complain about not getting any new music. All of that changed as soon as the summer was over.
It’s been three weeks since Vybz Kartel drop the infectious new single and already it’s the most popular song in dancehall both in Jamaica and overseas. The track is currently clocking around a million views on YouTube per week and showing no signs of slowing down. Kartel’s team is currently shooting the visuals for the song which will arrive later this month.
“We are shooting that video now so you can expect it late October,” sources told Dancehallhiphop.com. “The video will be fun just like the single is fun and catchy. Right now ‘Mhm Hm’ is the most requested song in parties and on radios. You can say that this will be the biggest dancehall song of the year. No other have a song that gain so much traction so fast this year.”
Aidonia fans might not agree with that assessment since his single “Yeah Yeah” is also a monster hit this year and gain a lot of traction in dancehall very fast.
While Alkaline and Vybz Kartel fights over the dancehall “donship” title, Popcaan is choosing his side and natural he sided with the Gazanation don. The Unruly Boss took some shots at his dancehall rival over the weekend referring to him as a “wanna be don.” “So f***ing unruly Nuh Likkle wanna be don can’t fool me #outside,” Poppy wrote.
In case you were off the grid for a good minute, last week Alkaline and Vybz Kartel went buck heads while proclaiming themselves to be the don of dancehall. So Beenie Man already takes the king title and Bounty Killer takes the general title. Now it’s all about the “one don.” Kartel released a new single “Don’t Come Back” where he not only rip his baby mama but also proclaim himself as the don. “One don one don that’s me / Kartel, Worl’ Boss or Teach / Run street whether black or bleach,” he rhymes.
It didn’t take long after the song’s release for Alkaline to post on IG calling himself “1 Don.” Now it’s Popcaan’s turn to say something, and while he didn’t bestow the title onto himself, he basically said Vybz Kartel is the true don, not surprisingly.
Back in June, Shawn Storm stunned dancehall when he released a scathing diss track aimed at Popcaan. The was clearly recorded recently since it sampled Nicki Minaj new Remy Ma diss track “No Frauds.” Now the incarcerated Gaza deejay is turning his attention to Alkaline who happens to be also on Kartel’s radar.
A preview of the song popped up on social media this week and a few of the lines clearly are aimed at the Vendetta leader. “Everybody mi ago kill everybody / All dah one deh weh sound like addi mad? / Everything wa the boss do you want fi do,” Shawn Storm deejay. Gazanation sources are saying that a animated music video will accompany the song sometime this month. The song is tentatively titled “Full Clip Load.”
Shawn Storm has been slowly dropping new music on the scene and just last month he released a new collaborative track “Affi Prosper” with Konshens. Storm, whose real name is Shawn Campbell, is currently serving a life sentence for the same murder conviction as Vybz Kartel. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years.
Masicka is getting his “Energy” up before the new year because he is planning to conquer dancehall in 2018.
The Genahsyde deejay teams with J1 Production for his latest dancehall banger “Energy.” “Spliff a light the energy right / Gal a whine so the energy bright / Money nuff so the energy right / And we no new to this, we do it every night / Guns deh ya so the energy right,” Masicka deejay.
Masicka has been having a phenomenal year with a number of hit records this year. He also scored one of dancehall’s biggest single this year “InfraRed” a collaboration with Vybz Kartel. He also got some attention for a few diss records aimed at Aidonia, but that beef never materialized because the 4thGenna deejay decided not to engaged Masicka.
Listen to the new single “Energy” below.
The former Gazanation deejay was stabbed to death last month at a studio in Springfield, St Thomas. Police officers are actively investigating the murder but have not yet made an arrest. Producer NotNice says Maxwell’s death is a big blow for him because he was someone he worked with closely in the past. “Me stress out because is somebody me used to work closely with from Gaza days, so fi hear this, and the way him dead, it messed up,” the beat maker said. “Gaza Maxwell didn’t deserve to die that way. He was a good youth.”
NotNice says that it was Vybz Kartel who lead him to work with Gaza Maxwell and the last song that they did together was “Miss You” which is a rest in piece song featured on the Eternal Riddim. After Kartel disbanded Portmore Empire in 2012, Gaza Maxwell then moved to St. Thomas to further pursue his music. “Mi nuh voice ‘fool fool’ artiste, and Kartel nah go recruit ‘fool fool’ artiste, either. And a really Kartel did bring him come as a part of the Empire,” NotNice added. “Kartel say him (Maxwell) did remind him a the Festival man, Eric Donaldson, and a so comes me get fi voice him.”
Vybz Kartel learned about Gaza Maxwell’s murder while in the hospital last month. Sources say the dancehall star is hurt by the news.
Over the past few years, Alkaline has called himself other monikers like Young Lawd and Torch, while Vybz Kartel called himself The Teacher and Worl’Boss. Now both deejays are referring to themselves as the 1 Don of dancehall. The term one done means that you are the top artist in the genre currently and fans of both sides will say that their artist is the leading act.
Vybz Kartel released a new single “Don’t Come Back” last week where he deejays about being the only one done in dancehall. “One don one don that’s me / Kartel, Worl’ Boss or Teach / Run street whether black or bleach / Or if me say be my first G / Me stop tell girls ’bout faithful / ‘Cause they will do what they want / But since we broke up, I’m so strong,” Kartel deejay. The last two lines are believed to be a shot at his baby mama.
Alkaline then posted a photo of himself in the studio on Instagram over the weekend which he captioned “1 Don.”
Since the start of the year, both Alkaline and Vybz Kartel have released diss tracks against each other but not on the level of the Gully/Gaza feud of the mid-2000s. Kartel’s camp has also been very vocal about Alkaline imitating some of the deejay’s style and using shock-value to gain more notoriety like skin bleaching, controversial lyrics, and the infamous eyeball tattoo which turns out to be fake.
Since breaking onto the scene in 2013, Alkaline has made a name for himself in dancehall with a vast catalog of hit songs. Although his musical catalog is nowhere near as large of Vybz Kartel’s, Alkaline name often arrives in conversation with other top dancehall acts like Vybz Kartel, Mavado, and Popcaan.
Vendetta fans will agree with Frass statement since Alkaline has been having a great run in dancehall over the past few years. But Alka’s rivalry with Vybz Kartel has also earned him a lot of enemies in the genre since Gazanation fans makes up a sizeable portion of the dancehall fan base and now Frass is getting a lot of criticism from them.
“DJ Frass yo no see it say yo a waan big idiot this man is a fish factory, while Kartel is the hit factory, #Gazanation run dancehall,” one fan wrote. There are plenty more similar comments about the statement on social media. Some Vendetta fans are pushing back calling Kartel fans a bunch of haters. “Gaza fans them always on Detta page a comment just a bunch of haters, if you don’t like the man why you on his page trolling,” one fan wrote.
Alkaline vs Vybz Kartel, who do you think is the bigger hit factory?
Since dropping the single last month, “Mhm Hm” became an instant hit for Vybz Kartel and a couple lines in the single got corporate Jamaica beaming. “Get the oats, mhm / Get the Supligen, mhm hm / Get the nuts, mhm / Get the nutmeg, mhm hm / Blend it up, mhm / Turn it a your head, mhm hm / Get a gyal and just go get your children,” Karyel deejay over a beat produced by Jones Ave Records.
Dancehall fans have been posting images of their Foska Oats and Suppligen on Instagram in reference to the lyrics of the song. “Right now Foska and Nestle owe Vybz Kartel millions for this big sales boost,” a rep for the incarcerated deejay told Dancehall HipHop. “The only reason why corporate Jamaica is not going for Kartel right now is because he is behind bars. This is the one man who can get your products sell and they know that, but hopefully we can win this appeal and make the boss do road.”
Back in 2009, Vybz Kartel triggered a massive boost in sales for Clarks shoe when he released a song titled “Clarks” with Popcaan and Vanessa Bling. That track went on to become a massive global hit for the deejay and triggered the biggest growth in sales that the British shoe brand has ever seen. Unfortunately, it didn’t earn him any endorsement deal from Clarks, but it was enough to push him to launch his own ventures such as a line of rum and other products like condoms and deodorant.
Kartel spent a week in the hospital last week for a severe kidney infection. He is currently back behind bars, but his family members are deeply concerned about his health. Tommy Lee spoke with What’s Up where he expressed his shock and concerns for his former mentor’s health. “Vybz Kartel in the hospital me no know if it’s stress cause it,” he said.
“Me just wish him a speedy recovery yo see me, just want the dog [Vybz Kartel] forward a road and be there for his kids because they are turning into men now and they need him to guidance,” Sparta added. Tommy Lee also said that he is currently working on his debut album which will be comprised of only new singles. Seems the new album will be part of his new deal with Sean Kingston’s label.
“Look like they need an album so it me a work on right now,” he said. “I start to work on the album already. Pure new songs and these songs are different levels of songs because of the type of riddim a some big producers in America I am voicing for.”
Tommy Lee Sparta didn’t revealed the title or release date for the album.
Vybz Kartel was released from the University Hospital of the West Indies last night and was escorted back to prison.
The “Mhm Hm” deejay spent a week getting treatment for a severe kidney infection at the UWI Hospital. Dancehall HipHop learned that he was visited by his mother, his wife and kids, and his attorney. Sources told us that he is in good spirit and is feeling much better than a week ago when he was rushed to the emergency room after complaining about feeling severe pain in his side.
Vybz Kartel, whose government name is Adidja Palmer, is currently serving life for a murder conviction back in 2014. Fortunately for him, an appeal court judge gave his attorneys the green light to proceed with his appeal case which is set for February next year. His lead attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, has expressed confidence in winning the appeal trial and getting the artist freedom.
Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre ST John, have all maintained their innocence. During the controversial trial, his attorneys argued in court that police officers tampered with evidence used to convict the four men, and even intimidated a witness for the defense. The murder victim, Clive “Lizard” William, body was never found. The prosecution played audio recordings in court where the accused men discussed the murder while revealed that William’s body was dismembered and disposed of in the sea.
Some people inside Kartel’s circle are alleging that someone inside of the prison might have poisoned the dancehall star. We reached out to police sources who told us that there are no reports or active investigation into the allegation. Kartel has been behind bars since 2011, and this is his third time visiting the hospital for an illness since his incarceration. Get well soon Addi.
The two dancehall legends have collaborated in the past on several singles, and Kartel even wrote a few hits for Bounty Killer in the early 2000s. But a bitter fallout between The Teacher and The Alliance put an end to their relationship in 2005. Seems they are both putting their differences aside and are making music again. The two deejays announced on Instagram over the weekend that they are dropping a new joint.
“[Bounty Killer] My daddy weh dem a go do when the #killakartelkollab drop?” Vybz Kartel wrote on IG. Killer responded saying, [Vybz Kartel] Beta dem just go find some weh go lidung or drop dung b4 it drop because when it drop nutn naah git up back dawg.”
Killer also said the collaboration will bring back some memories from their all-black Alliance days. Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop that Bounty Killer recently paid Vybz Kartel a visit in prison and the two had a long conversation about their Alliance days and what’s happening in dancehall currently. They didn’t release the title of the single, but it will arrive sometime this week.
Vybz Kartel also posted a throwback photo of himself, Wayne Marshall, and Bounty Killer while clapping back at some recent reports about his weight. “Me , big Breda and DADDY!!! #AllianceDays …BTW dem say me get skinny. Apart from 2014 family day pic at horizon,when was VybzKartel ever fat? Smh #AllianceToGaza,” he wrote.
This is perhaps the first time that Vybz Kartel is making a live appearance in a music video since his arrest in 2011. The world has been waiting for this moment and it’s finally here thanks to Busta Rhymes. The video features cameos from a bunch of local Jamaican dancehall celebrities like Beenie Man, Foota Hype, Junior Reid, Spice, and Bounty Killer.
The cut was directed by Benny Boom and Busta Rhymes and starts out with Beenie Man picking up the hip-hop legend at the airport with his fleet of luxury vehicles. Busta then link up with his crew on a yacht and hit the Jamaican waters. The rapper then link up with some dancehall godfathers before visiting Vybz Kartel at the maximum security Tower Street Prison, aka GP. The cut features the incarcerated dancehall star behind bars while delivering a killer verse. Everyone is wondering how Busta Rhymes manage to get that cut, still a mystery, but this is Jamaica.
Busta then left from the prison and link up Foota Hype party in Kingston with Tory Lanez and the rest of the dancehall crew, including Spice, Bounty Killer, Ninja Man, and Junior Reid. The single “Girlfriend” was released over the summer on Conglomerate Entertainment and Epic Records labels.
Ishawna cramps up the dial with her new raunchy music video “Equal Rights.”
Back in May, Ishawna released her raunchy new single “Equal Rights” and immediately she started getting a lot of backlash from both dancehall fans and the church community. Those criticisms is not slowing her down because she just drop the visuals for the track and lets just say its rated R. That means she is not listening to her critics and is even thinking about cranking up the volume.
The cut was directed by Terminal 4 Media and Ishawna herself and features the dancehall diva living out her fantasy. She used her long hair and her costar to barely hide her goods. Some fans are calling for the video to be removed from YouTube while some females fans are saying that they like what Ishawna is doing. “Mi love it when the man them brave up …. girl kill them and done mi just wah wine pan a bwoy tongue right now…. hey bwoy come yah with your tongue?,” Nordia Davis wrote in the comments.
Some fans are arguing that male dancehall artists like Vybz Kartel and Alkaline have been singing about similar subjects for years and there have been no backlash.
Vybz Kartel kidney infection is much more serious that we previously reported and some people in his circle are saying that he might have been poisoned in prison.
The “Fever” deejay has been hospitalized for a week now with a severe case of kidney infection. Sources close to the deejay’s family told DancehallHipHop that doctors have been running numerous tests on him to get to the bottom of his sickness. “They are still running tests on him, they did blood test and a number of other tests, so we are now waiting to hear the results,” sources said.
“He is complaining about feeling a lot of pain, but he is getting pain killers,” sources added. We’re told that his family particularly his wife and kids are very worried about his health because this is the first time that he has ever been this sick. “Everyone is worried because it seems like his condition is much worst than what they are telling, it’s like the doctors are hiding something from us,” our source said. “Kartel never had a kidney problem before so right now we are even wondering if someone poisoned him because they attempted to do it before.”
In 2015, prison authorities foiled a murder plot against Vybz Kartel when an inmate smuggled knives and a poisonous substance inside a section of the prison. Two bottles of an unknown poisonous substance were allegedly smuggled in by an ancillary worker inside the prison. Kartel is only a few months away from his appeal trial and his attorneys have expressed confidence in getting him released when that trial concludes. There are chatters that someone does not want the artist to be free and are actively trying to do something nefarious.
Vybz Kartel defense attorneys are expressing confidence that the Jamaica Court of Appeal will fee the dancehall star come next year.
Adidja Palmer, Kartel government name, is currently in prison for a 2014 murder conviction. He was sentence to life with eligibility for parole in 35 years. Shortly after his sentencing he filed an appeal on the grounds that the trial was tainted. One of his defense lawyers, Valerie Neita-Robertson, says the defense team is confident that they will put forth an argument in the appeal court that will vindicate the artist.
“We don’t regard the court of appeal as tainted in anyway,” Neita-Robertson said. “We have confidence that if we put our arguments properly, we will be listened to and then it will be a matter for them (the Court) to deliver their judgement.”
Vybz Kartel murder case was tried in the Home Circuit Court and at the end of the trial, he along with Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John were found guilty of the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. The four men were each given life sentences. The defense argued that there were a number of things wrong with the case including witness intimidating from law enforcement, and evidence tampering from police officers who handled the case.
The defense attorney says the team of lawyers are currently preparing for the appeal trial set for February 2018.
The new Major Lazer track was previewed on Lazer Sound radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 this week and you can tell that it will be another dancehall banger. You can hear Lorde’s distinct vocals over a retro dancehall beat. She sampled Jamaican legend Yellowman’s 1984 classic “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt.” Vybz Kartel’s vocals wasn’t in the preview, but you can see his name listed which means he will be on the full version of the single.
Kartel and Major Lazer are longtime collaborators and have in the past worked on some big hits. There was once a time on Twitter when Lorde told Diplo on Twitter that his penis was tiny, but it seems the two have put those differences aside and are now making music together. I guess we can all celebrate that moment when they make peace because now we have a potential banger from the two, and with Vybz Kartel in the mix, this will be epic.
Diplo firmed announced the single from all the way back in March of this year when he said that it’s coming but he just doesn’t know when. “I don’t know when it’s coming out, it’s pretty dope,” he said.
Listen to a preview of the upcoming single below.
— Lorde WorldWideNet? (@Lorde_WWN) September 25, 2017
Diplo just confirmed there's a song under Major Lazer featuring Lorde and Vybz Kartel "I don't know when it's coming out, it's pretty dope" pic.twitter.com/F59ILwuSxY
— Lorde Daily (@LordeDaily) March 10, 2017
Sparta is one of Vybz Kartel’s former protege and he along with Popcaan and Vanessa Bling went on to have well recognized careers in dancehall. While all three artists are not on good terms with the incarcerated deejay, that doesn’t mean that they don’t often praise him on stage and in songs. Speaking with Anthony Miller on ER, Tommy Lee says he deeply misses Kartel and want him to be released from prison.
“Kartel know artists any artists that you see Kartel take, every single artist in the Gaza bad [great], because he has a good ears and him know what he is looking for,” the Mobay deejay said. When asked by Miller if he misses Vybz Kartel, Lee didn’t hesitate to say yes. “Me miss Kartel yes yo think its an easy thing that he is going through. Remember Kartel is a man who is use to his girls, him money, him hype life.”
Tommy Lee Sparta also revealed that he is currently in talks with Sean Kingston for a new record deal on the singer’s Time Is Money Entertainment label. “It’s going to be signed, its just the paperwork we going through and putting some agreements together,” Lee said. “They came with and agreement and we put forward our agreement also.”
Vybz Kartel remains in the hospital while getting treatment for a severe kidney infection.
Authorities are not allowing any visitors at the moment and he is heavily guarded in a secure section of the University Hospital of the West Indies. Sources told us that his common-law wife Tanesha “Shorty” Johnson and his attorney Tom Tavares-Finson are in contact with prison officials and are getting regular updates on his condition. We’re told that he is currently in stable condition.
Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, was rushed to the hospital early Monday morning after complaining of severe pain in his side. Medical staff at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Center have been treating him since last week Wednesday but when his condition didn’t improve they took him to UWI hospital. Sources inside the Gazanation told us that everyone in his circle is very concerned about his health and overall treatment at the GP prison.
Kartel is serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and has been behind for since 2011. He is currently awaiting his highly anticipated new trial in the Court of Appeal in Jamaica. The trial kicks off in February 2018. The dancehall star and his fans are hoping that he will be freed when the case concludes.
Vybz Kartel attorney Tom Tavares-Finson has confirmed that the deejay is hospitalized.
Dancehallhiphop.com broke the news today that the incarcerated deejay was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies for an unknown illness. Tavares-Finson released a statement moments ago confirming that the artist was complaining about pain in his side since Wednesday of last week. “I was informed today by the prison authorities that he would be taken to University Hospital,” he said.
Sources told DHH that he is suffering from a possible kidney infection that may cause from a kidney stone. He was getting treatment from health staffs at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Center, but when his condition did not improve, he was rushed to the University of Hospital by a police detail. Hospital sources say that his condition is stable and at this time authorities will only allow immediate family visits. There is no word yet on when he will be discharged from the hospital.
Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, is six years deep into his life sentence for a 2014 murder conviction. The Gazanation leader is currently awaiting his next big fight in the Jamaican justice system. His appeal trial is set for February of next year.
Vybz Kartel was rushed to a hospital early this morning for a mysterious illness.
Prison officials have not released a statement on the artist’s condition, but sources confirmed with Dancehallhiphop.com that he was escorted by a heavily armed police detail to the KPH in Kingston after he started complaining that he wasn’t feeling well. Some sources are saying that he is getting treatment for a possible kidney infection and maybe suffering from dehydration. We’re told that has been getting treatment by medical staffs inside the prison but when his condition did not improve, he was taken to the hospital.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, is serving a life sentence at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Center, also known as GP. This is the second hospitalization for him since June 2013 when he was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital after complaining of severe chest pain. Some Gazanation fans on social media are now wondering if the “Fever” deejay’s health has been declining as a result of his incarceration.
“Jamaican prisons are the worst so this is not surprising, he is just going to be there wasting away if they don’t release him,” one fan wrote. Vybz Kartel lawyers are currently preparing for his appeal trial set for February 2018. His lead attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, says the defense is confident that the murder conviction will be overturned by the Appeal Court judges.
Vybz Kartel and three of his cronies including his Gaza protege, Shawn Storm, were convicted of murder in 2014 for the gruesome killing of their former friend Clive “Lizard” Williams, whose body was never found. The prosecution presented video and audio evidence which they say linked the four men to the murder, but the defense argued that cops doctored evidence against the dancehall artists and intimidate witnesses. Kartel has maintained his innocence saying, he has nothing to do with the murder.
The ganja anthem was produced by ZJ Liquid and features the two dancehall stars trading bars about smoking the highest grade. “Life too short fi mi worry bout war with no boy / From life there mi can enjoy / Give me the trees give me the surplus supply / Because mi well want fi fly high up in a the sky high,” Sean Paul deejay over the dancehall beat.
Both Sean Paul and Masicka are having huge success in dancehall this year. SP has been riding a wave of resurgence in the genre for the last two years and even scoring a Billboard number one single last year with his feature on “Cheap Thrills” with Sia. Masicka also score a few notable hits this year including a track with Vybz Kartel, “InfraRed.”
Vybz Kartel drops his seventh single of the month “Mhm Hm” and it sounds fire.
The incarcerated Worl’Boss teamed up with producer Hones Ave Records for this new dancehall banger called “Mhm Hm.” Despite being relatively quiet during the course of the summer, Vybz Kartel has been flooding the airwaves with a bunch of new tracks. “Gal a bend up in a something mi no know / Mhm Hm Something weh mi never see in a no show / Mhm Hm pass the video let me send it up a flow / Mhm Hm thirty mill a fi that backass deh alone,” Kartel deejay.
So far this month we’ve seen new singles like “Informer,” “Luxury Doll,” “Oh Yeah (Run Up)” with PartyNextDoor and Major Lazer, “So Easy,” and “How Can You” featuring Ishawna. Kartel is working on a new project slated for release later this year or early next year. The last album we got from the Gaza deejay was “King of the Dancehall” released last year.
Vybz Kartel can be toxic to some artists who are affiliated with him currently or in the past and Sikka Rymes is learning about that now.
Last month, Tommy Lee Sparta spoke about the hardship he has been facing with his career due to his past affiliation with Vybz Kartel. Now Sikka Rymes is getting some bad press all because a photo of himself and Kartel surfaced online recently. The pic was taken during a recent family visit at the GP prison where inmates family and friends got a chance to spend the day with them behind bars.
“We reside in the same community, and as a young artiste I got introduced to him by my cousin, Shawn Storm,” Sikka Rymes said. “At the moment, I’m not signed to any labels under the Gaza brand, but my label, which is Sikk Records, is all about the Gaza movement and maintaining it. The affiliation with the deejay will bring me under the microscopes, yes, but I’m not worried about that.”
Sikka Rymes who is cousin with Vybz Kartel’s protege Shawn Storm who is also currently serving a life sentence for said murder case Kartel was convicted for. Rymes says that if it was up to him alone he would have kept his friendship with the Gazanation leader prison, but with social media these days nothing is kept private.
The two rival deejays fans have been battling each other on the airwaves and on social media over which one of them is currently the leading act in dancehall. In comparison Kartel currently has 364,000 subscribers on his Vevo channel. Sean Paul is currently the leading dancehall artists on YouTube with 700,000+ subscribers. Shaggy has just over 500,000 fans and Spice has slightly more than Vybz Kartel coming in at 384,000. Those round out the top five.
Vendetta and Gazanation fans are the rival factions in this bunch and will surely reference this piece of news during their heated debate on which artist is currently leading. So far it seems like Alkaline is winning on YouTube, but who is winning on the airwaves? This month alone, Vybz Kartel released six new singles, as well as a new music video and so far all of them, are hit-worthy.
In February this year, Vybz Kartel bagged five Youth View Awards while Alkaline walked away with three prompting some Vendetta fans to call out the YVA on social media. Gaza fans were happy with the results at that time and labeled Alkaline fans as sore losers.
Vybz Kartel promises two new singles coming this week and it looks like we already have one of them “Informer.”
The Gaza boss brings back his old flow in this new dancehall banger, produced by Stainless Music. Think back to the days of black Kartel when he released songs like “Life We Living,” “Life Sweet,” and “Life Is What You Make It.” Sources inside Gaza told DHH yesterday that a possible Alkaline diss record is in the works and could arrive as early as this week.
This new single “Informer” is in fact an old Vybz Kartel song that was never released. Sources told us that the track was recorded from around the time of the Gully/Gaza feud as evident in some of the lyrics. “Me Mr. Palmer mi gone with the Lama because of informer / Check the situation you yo no DC / Yo no have no reason fi deh a station / What a boy love front with police / But police is not your occupation,” Kartel deejay. The name Mr. Palmer stuck on Kartel since the heights of his beef with Mavado. “New name for informer Mr. Palmer” was a line Mavado used in one of his diss songs.
Since the start of the month, Vybz Kartel been very active dropping five new singles so far and they all sounds fire. He also currently has one of the biggest dancehall hits “Fever” bubbling on the Billboard and iTunes charts.
NotNice was close friends with Vybz Kartel at one point but since their fallout in 2011, the two have not spoken to each other. The producer even said in an interview in 2014 that he will never forgive Kartel for sending his goons to take away his engineering equipment from his home studio. Speaking with Anthony Miller of ER, NotNice briefly spoke about his life after the Worl’Boss.
“It’s not like it didn’t work out with Kartel, you know Kartel have him ways and it just happened and then him end up where him ended up (prison),” NotNice said. When asked about the seized equipment he said he has more now. NotNice later produced hit songs for Alkaline before aligning himself with Popcaan whom he produced a number of hits for in recent years. According to the producer, Alkaline was the one who diss Popcaan but the Unruly boss chose to not respond. Now NotNice has a new artist, JaFrass, who is voicing an Alkaline diss record.
“JaFrass just decide that he is going to defend it,” the producer said. NotNice also spoke about critics saying that he has lost his touch.
Vybz Kartel already released five new singles since the start of September and this week we will be getting two additional new tracks including a potential Alkaline diss.
The incarcerated deejay has been quiet throughout the summer while his mega-hit “Fever” continues to make waves in the mainstream market. Clearly, he has been recording new material and was perhaps waiting for all the noise during the summer to die down before dropping some new music. Kartel is known for releasing a flood of music on the airwaves so while his new releases have slowed down, it doesn’t mean that he isn’t still recording, sources inside the Gaza told us.
“We dropping two new songs this week just and we just getting started,” sources told DHH. “One of the songs will for sure stir up some controversy but the fans always look deep into what Worl’Boss is saying in his songs that just how it always is from day one.” During the summer, some Gazanation fans started begging Vybz Kartel to release new music following a brief period of dormancy. Clearly, the Gaza boss has been listening to his fans.
Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, and his three co-convicts, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, are currently awaiting their appeal trial set for February 18, 2018. His attorney, Tom Tavares-Finason has already submitted his skeletal argument to the Appeal Court judges.
Vybz Kartel continues to grip mainstream airwaves with “Fever” which reached number one on iTunes reggae chart.
“Fever” is one of the biggest dancehall singles this year and it has already made an impact on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. The song peaked at No. 36 on the chart making it Kartel’s second single to make an entry onto Billboard over his career. Perhaps his biggest achievement in recent years was when the song took the number one spot on iTunes reggae chart last week. The song has slipped to 13th place on the chart this week but it just shows the share growth over the past few months.
Since being added to major radio stations in the U.S. earlier this year, “Fever” has grown substantially while amassing over 50 million combined views on YouTube and over 10 million streams on Apple Music. What’s even more interesting is that Vybz Kartel did it all while he has been behind bars for over six years. Vybz Kartel is already searching for his next big hit by releasing four new singles since the start of this month. Some dancehall artists are wondering how did he manage to stay so relevant half a decade after his incarceration.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, scored his first Billboard hit with his 2009 single “Romping Shop” featuring Spice. Between 2009 and 2011, the dancehall star scored a number of hits and sparked some controversy including skin bleaching and beating up members of his Portmore Empire crew like NotNice, Black Ryno, and Gaza Kim. He even had a bitter fallout with former Vybz Rum business partner Corey Todd and even threatened him. His downfall wouldn’t come until September 2011 when he and several of his cronies were arrested in a massive police operation in Kingston. He was slapped with two murder charges a short time after and although he was exonerated of one of those charges, he was convicted of the second murder charge during a lengthy trial in 2014 along with three others including his protege Shawn Storm.
Kartel and his co-convicts have appealed the murder conviction and are now awaiting their appeal case set for February next year.
Last month, Gaza Tussan and Vybz Kartel teamed up on a new single “Sweetest Days” and since dropping two weeks ago, the track has been getting a lot of attention. Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop that they have decided to shoot a music video for the song because of the positive response that they have been getting.
“The feedback has been great so we decided to shoot a video right in Kartel back yard,” sources told us. “Sean Kingston came through to support the shoot and the overall vibe was good.” Earlier this year, Sean Kingston shot a video on the same block in Portmore for his new collaborative single “Chance” featuring on his new mixtape Made in Jamaica.