- Name: Vybz Kartel
- Age: 42 years old
- Height: 6ft 0in (183 cm)
- Occupation: Deejay
- Net Worth: US $2 Million
- Status: Alive
Vybz Kartel is a Jamaican deejay, lyricist, music producer and entrepreneur. He specializes in the dancehall/reggae music genre. His standout singles include “Ramping Shop”, “Dancehall Hero” and “Clarks” featuring Popcaan and Vanessa Bling. He’s known for albums like Up 2 Di Time (2003), The Teacher’s Back (2008), Pon Di Gaza 2.0 (2010) and King of the Dancehall (2016). Kartel was born Adidja Azim Palmer on January 7, 1976, in Kingston, Jamaica. His mother’s name is Teresa Palmer. He has several siblings, including a sister named Maureen. Kartel was raised in the Waterford district of Portmore, St Catherine. He attended Calabar High School in Kingston.
Adidja began writing song lyrics at age 11. He adopted the stage name “Adi Banton” as a tribute to Buju Banton. His debut single “Love Fat Woman” was released in 1993. He was 12 at the time. Palmer formed the short-lived group “Vibes Cartel” in the mid 1990s. He started going by ‘Vybz Kartel’ shortly after the group disbanded. Kartel gained early exposure as Bounty Killer’s protege. During his tenure, he wrote several songs for Bounty Killer and other members of the Alliance. He also wrote for the likes of Elephant and the Scare Dem Crew. Kartel embarked on his solo career in 2002. His early releases include “Most High” and “Guns Like Mine”. He won the title of “deejay of the year” at Stone’s Love’s 30th anniversary. He made the headlines following an altercation with Ninja Man at Sting 2003.
Kartel’s debut studio album, Up 2 Di Time, was released in October 2003 by Greensleeves Records. It produced songs like “Badman Party” and “Sweet to the Belly”. His second album, Timeless, arrived in February 2004. Several other projects followed, including J.M.T. (2005), The Teacher’s Back (2008) and Most Wanted (2009). The album, Pon Di Gaza 2.0 (2010), was released on Kartel’s Adidjahiem Records. It was led by the hit single “Ramping Shop” featuring Spice. The official video has been viewed more than 13 million times. Kartel collaborated with Dre Skull on the album, Kingston Story (2011). His more recent projects include Reggae Love Songs (2014), Viking (Vybz Is King) (2015) and King of the Dancehall (2016). The latter peaked at #2 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. Kartel has worked with artists like Shawn Storm, Beenie Man, Aidonia, Wayne Marshall, Jay Z, Rihanna and Major Lazer. On the flip side, he’s had feud with Bounty Killer and Mavado.
In addition to music, Kartel is a businessman, entrepreneur and author. His business ventures include Street Vybz Rum, Daggering Condoms, Addi’s Shoes and a brand of Cake Soap. He created and starred in the reality show “Teacha’s Pet”. He founded the ‘Portmore Empire’ in 2007. Kartel’s book ‘The Voice Of The Jamaican Ghetto: Incarcerated but not Silenced’ was published in July 2012. It was co-written by Michael Dawson. The book was reportedly added to Princeton University’s collection.PERSONAL
Vybz “Worl Boss” Kartel is around 6ft tall and he’s of Jamaican ancestry. He employs skin bleaching and has multiple tattoos. His personal net worth is estimated at $2 million. Kartel was married to ‘Stacy Elliott’ from 2006 to 2008. His current partner is ‘Tanesha Johnson’ better known as Shorty. They have three sons, Little Addi, Little Vybz and Addi Aiko.
Kartel was arrested in September 2011 for drug possession. He faced additional charges including the murder of businessman Barrington “Bossie” Burton. The deejay was granted bail in March 2012 but had to remain in prison. He was held back in connection with a second murder. The second victim was Clive “Lizard” Williams of Waterford, St. Catherine. Kartel received a not guilty verdict for Barrington Burton’s death on July 24, 2014. The second murder trial resulted in a guilty conviction on March 13, 2014. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole after serving 35 years.
Vybz Kartel Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki
- Birth Name: Adidja Azim Palmer
- Birthday: January 7, 1976
- How Old : Age: 42 years old
- Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica
- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
- How Tall : Height: 6ft 0in (183 cm)
- Occupation: Deejay, Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer, Entrepreneur
- Years Active: 1993-present
- Net Worth & Salary: US $2 Million
- Marriage(s): Stacy Elliott, Tanesha “Shorty” Johnson
- Death-O-Meter: Alive