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Birthday Dopeness: Vybz Kartel Turns 38 Today

Vybz Kartel is celebrating his 38 birthday today in court and behind bars.

The aced dancehall star was born on January 7, 1976 at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston.

Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, was exposed to music from a tender age from two uncles who were aspiring musicians.

READ: Vybz Kartel Full Biography

Kartel recorded his first single “Love Fat Woman” in 1993 on Alvin Reid’s One Heart Label under the name Adi Banton.

A young Kartel later formed a group in 1996 called Vibes Cartels with two other aspiring artists, Mr. Lee and Escobar.

After the group split up, he later altered the name to Vybz Kartel and launched a new career under the wings of dancehall legend Bounty Killer. In 2001 leading up to 2002 Kartel got the attention of dancehall fans with a slew of hits including “Up To Di Time,” “New Millennium,” “Guns Like Mine,” “Most High” and more.


In 2006 Kartel left the Bounty Killer lead Alliance and formed his own group Portmore Empire, code named Gaza. His departure from under Bounty Killer wings would give rise to one of dancehall’s most notorious feuds of all time, Gully vs Gaza, Vybz Kartel vs Mavado.

Vybz Kartel caught the attention of the mainstream music market with his 2008 collaboration with Spice “Romping Shop.” The single peaked at 75 on Billboard Hot 100 and garnered a lot of attention worldwide but not without some controversy.

The single was not only banned from radio stations in Jamaica, but also faced copyright lawsuits for copyright. The single samples the Stargate-produced beat on Ne-Yo’s single “Miss Independent.”

Today Vybz Kartel has been hailed as one of the greatest dancehall stars of all time.


  1. Vybz kartel is one ugly black monkey he in prison your better back in the zoo where you belong you stupid monkey so called 33 degree freemason

  2. Gazathug07
    this is a rather interesting debate.freedom of speech can be about anything there was no limit on wat one can and can’t say. Secondly how can you put gays in the same category as weed like those are two different things but if u wish to go there let me educate u……there are different grades of weed some are not for smoking hence u throw them away r kill them so u can say those are gay weeds lol……and I wont even go biblical on u humans are derived from the mammal breed hence we were created to populate tru sex so man n man cant populate neither can women n women…..every man as a right to decide there own destiny so we as jamaicans can decide on wat we like from dont like since ur so pro gay y dont u switch from eating chicken n eat sh– r rats n etc there’s ppl in the world that does that r they stupid r dumb?

  3. Happy birthday vybez

  4. Happy Belated Birthday Mr. Palmer