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Former Portmore Empire Members Further Careers After Vybz Kartel

In 2012 while behind bars, Vybz Kartel disband what was known to most of his fans as Portmore Empire.

Black Ryno, Popcaan, NotNice, Gaza Slim, Gaza Indu, Tommy Lee Sparta, Merital Family, Jah Vinci, Lisa Hyper and more were all a member of the once promising Portmore Empire.

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But majority of these names left the group before Vybz Kartel’s incarceration, while others spread their wings during his time in jail.

Speaking with the Observer, Black Ryno, who was allegedly beaten by Vybz Kartel, says he has since formed his own group and looking to spread his wings even further.

“It’s not a gang or anything like that. It’s a music group which consists of young artistes, producers and musicians. Everyone knows that there is a lot of talent in the garrison and that’s the point we are bringing out with this new group,” Ryno said.

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NotNice and Vybz Kartel also had a bitter fallout after thugs aligned to the incarcerated deejay went into the producer’s studio and seized some of his recording equipments.

“I’m here still producing hit rhythms and spreading my wings,” NotNice said.

NotNice produced several of Vybz Kartel’s hit songs and is now working closely with rising dancehall star Alkaline.

Other former members of Portmore Empire including Popcaan and Tommy Lee have also formed their own groups.

Vybz Kartel and three of his co-accused, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, André St John, and Kahira Jones are facing a possible life sentence in a Jamaican prison for the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.

Their sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 3 in the Home Circuit court inside the Supreme Court building in Downtown Kingston.


  1. what happen to gaza kim

    • Gaza Kym was the first to leave dutty Gaza after Kartel ordered her beating for refusing to su– on his sycamore tree !!! Suh di eediat mek dem bussup har face where she had to go to the police! Gaza fans are the duncest !!

  2. Mek sure some a uno a do the right thing fi nuh go prison. Some a wi chat too much f××king much an don’t know what to say.

  3. If him can beat ryno and diss notnice him can kill ah lizard.No one will confess to a crime when u think of the time yuh haffi spend inna bird cage.

  4. Y Shoud we jamaican have to pay our tax money to look after vybz cartoon, in prison they shoud just shot him an say he try fi Escape.. We tax payers woud save money

    • That’s nonsense, that’s hate right there. If they wanted to murder him they would of done that already. Enough is enough let is lawyer why he think he is not not guilty. And remember he still has more cases coming up.

      • We’ll I work hard in Jamaica an pay my tax, y shoud I have to pay my tax for vybz cartoon an his cartoon Characters, to stay in prison they shoud hanged them, we got more important things to pay for in Jamaica

      • When Kartel use to sell records buss shows and tings, he paid his tax and you benefit.
        No the table has turn :-)

      • Yah man, tell sum batty dutty bwoy dem to shut dem stinky ass mouth. Cahs dem pree di man fi nun. Jah knows

      • now your making it sound like they are the only ones behind bar, what about the other countless killers and rapist behind bars, that we’re all feeding?

      • U a fag u should burn in hell like hitler bit..

  5. Burn dutty gaza and dis loyal empire it’s build on dis loyal kartel is the root of dis loyal kartel bite the hands that feed him which is bounty killer and him diss too much people and go praise devil . Praise d devil and you get a raw deal plus there is a thing called people power that’s why nobody nt support kartel becuz him is a money lover and talking abt daddy devil lava ground ! Fyia . Good thing black ryno leave d dutty gaza and ryno a d baddest thing kartel buss dem man deh was the frist gaza artise tell kartel guh ring out him muma lol kartel have nuff money bt his life his unhappy becuz him praise d devil . Lock up him Rass and guh get back black boy with his batty man laugh and devil style fyia jah dash a fyia pon d bleacher dem

    • Burn dutty Gaza straight…so that we can save the yout dem from going down the path of destruction!!

  6. If they are smart just leave Jamaica government coming for you next … But doubt it none of them as big as vybz kartel and sure not lyrically maybe popcan but still they are not as good …

    • Bryan where they going trust me if any one do any thing they cantgo to Britain or US . Lisa hyper look like she dead broke