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Adidja Azim Palmer known as Vybz Kartel, is a Jamaican reggae-dancehall musician, singer, composer, record producer and entrepreneur.
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Kartel’s singles include “Romping Shop” (2009), “Dancehall Hero” (2010) and “Summer Time” (2011). Having collaborated with a number of hip hop and R&B artists such as Major Lazer, Rihanna, Jay Z, Digga D and Unknown T, he has also been credited as an inspiration for the dancehall-infused work of a number of Western artists, including Drake, who has cited Kartel as being one of his “biggest inspirations”.
In 2014, Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his associate Clive “Lizard” Williams. He will be eligible for parole once he has served a minimum of 35 years in prison. Despite being imprisoned, Kartel continues to release new music prolifically, releasing over 50 new songs in 2016 alone.
Vybz Kartel Family
Vybz Kartel‘s first child Adidja Palmer aka Likkle Vybz was born on April 18, 2003 when Vybz Kartel was 27 years old, he is the first of three children he had with longtime common-law wife Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, the others are Akheel Raheim Palmer, also known as Little Addi (born December 22, 2004) and Aiko Palmer also known as World Boss Jr. Vybz Kartel has 4 more children from other relationships.
On Sunday May 17, 2020 it was revealed that Vybz Kartel’s 15-year-old son Little Addi (Akheel Raheim Palmer) had a child on the way with an 18-year-old girl
Vybz 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”, as homage to Buju Banton. 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”.
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.
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