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Vybz Kartel

January 7

Adidja Azim Palmer (born 7 January 1976)[2][3][4] better known as Vybz Kartel, is a Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist, record producer and entrepreneur. Among his various nicknames, he is referred to as “Worl’ Boss[5] and has been recognized as one of the genre’s most prolific and skilled lyricists credited with further popularizing dancehall.[5]

Kartel’s singles have achieved cultural ubiquity across the Caribbean, including “Romping Shop” (2009), “Summer Time” and “Dancehall Hero” (2013). Having collaborated with a number of internationally prominent hip hop and R&B artists such as Major Lazer, Rihanna and Jay Z, 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”.[5][6]

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.[7] Despite being imprisoned, Kartel continues to release new music prolifically, releasing over 50 new songs in 2016 alone.[5] He continues to perform as of this writing 1/2020

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