Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel

Birth name
Adidja Azim Palmer

(1976-01-07) 7 January 1976 (age 41)[1]
Kingston, Jamaica

Portmore, Jamaica

Reggae, dancehall, reggae fusion Hip hop

Deejay, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur

Years active

Adidjahiem Records, Vice, Mixpak Records, Greensleeves Records

Associated acts
Tommy Lee Sparta, Gaza Slim, Popcaan


Adidja Azim Palmer (born 7 January 1976)[2][3][4] better known as Vybz Kartel, is a Jamaican recording artist, record producer and entrepreneur.
Some of his singles include “Clarks”, “Romping Shop”, “Summertime”, “Dancehall Hero” and “Fever” (2016). Vybz Kartel has collaborated with a number of prominent artists, such as Major Lazer, Rihanna and Jay Z.
In 2014, at the age of 38, Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his associate Clive “Lizard” Williams. He will not be eligible for parole until 2049, once he has served 35 years in jail.[5] Despite being imprisoned, Kartel continues to release new music prolifically, releasing over 50 new songs in 2016 alone.[6]


1 Biography
2 Business
3 Arrest and imprisonment

3.1 Charges
3.2 Trial
3.3 Conviction

4 Controversies

4.1 Whitening (Bleaching)
4.2 Airwave ban
4.3 Feud with Mavado

5 Discography

5.1 Albums
5.2 Extended Plays
5.3 Singles

5.3.1 As featured artist

5.4 Guest appearances

6 Awards
7 External links
8 References

Kartel started his career as a teenager in 1993 with his first recording “Love Fat Woman”, released on Alvin Reid’s label “One Heart”, using the moniker “Adi Banton”, an homage to Buju Banton.[7] Palmer was later part of the three-member group “Vybz Cartel”, keeping the name after the group split up, and became a protege of Bounty Killer, for whom he claims to have written nearly 30 songs, including “Gal Clown”.[8]
Vybz Kartel rose to prominence in 2003 after a string of hits in Jamaica. The year culminated in a pre-planned on-stage clash with Ninjaman at the annual dancehall festival Sting in Kartel’s hometown of Portmore. The clash turned violent when Kartel’s crewmembers, as well as Kartel himself, threw punches and assaulted Ninjaman onstage.[9] While Kartel’s manager initially blamed Ninjaman,[9] Kartel himself quickly apologised to Ninjaman and Sting organizers for the fracas.[10] Four days after the incident, the two artists appeared before the press to announce a settlem