Vybz Kartel Biography, Career, Achievements, Net Worth & Age

Vybz Kartel whose real name is Adidja Azim Palmer, is a Jamaica record producer, musician, singer, songwriter, and performer. He was born on January 7th, 1976, and grew up in Jamaica.

Profile Summary

Celebrity Name

Vybz Kartel

Date of Birth

January 7th, 1976

Birth name

Adidja Azim Palmer


Musician, Producer

Record label

Greensleeves Records




47 years old






1993 – till date

Net worth (2023)

$1 million – $3 million

Vybz Kartel Biography

Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Azim Palmer, was born on January 7th, 1976, in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a well-known Jamaican reggae and dancehall recording artist, composer, record producer, and entrepreneur.

He is known as “Worl’ Boss” and has attained folk-hero status in Jamaica, captivating his audience with his provocative lyrics and mischievous public persona. Kartel’s hit singles include “Romping Shop” (2009), “Dancehall Hero” (2010), and “Summer Time” (2011). He has collaborated with various hip hop and R&B artists such as Major Lazer, Rihanna, Jay Z, Digga D, and Unknown T, and inspired the work of Western artists such as Drake, who has cited Kartel as being one of his “biggest inspirations.”

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 Vybz Kartel’s Career

Vybz Kartel started his career as a teenager in 1993 with his first recording, “Love Fat Woman,” which he released on Alvin Reid’s label “One Heart” using the moniker “Adi Banton” as an homage to Buju Banton.

He later became part of the three-member group “Vybz Cartel,” keeping the name after the group split up and becoming a protege of Bounty Killer.

Kartel rose to prominence in 2003 after a string of hits in Jamaica, which culminated in a pre-planned on-stage clash with Ninjaman at the annual dancehall festival Sting in Kartel’s hometown of Portmore.

The clash turned violent when Kartel’s crewmembers, as well as Kartel himself, threw punches and assaulted Ninjaman onstage. While Kartel’s manager initially blamed Ninjaman, Kartel himself quickly apologized to Ninjaman and Sting organizers for the fracas. 

Kartel released a number of albums through the UK-based label Greensleeves Records, such as Up 2 Di Time, More Up 2 Di Time, and J.M.T. He established his own label, Adidjahiem/Notnice Records, with his business partner and producer Ainsley “Notnice” Morris.

After splitting with the Bounty Killer-led Alliance in 2006, Kartel joined the Portmore Empire, a group of dancehall DJs and singers from his Portmore neighborhood that he signed to his newly founded Adidjahiem/Notnice Records.

Kartel’s success continued, and in 2008, he signed an endorsement deal for Vybz Rum with Corey Todd, an American businessman. The relationship between Todd and Kartel developed into a business partnership. Together, they launched Daggerin Condom and Street Vybz Rum.

Todd then purchased Jamaica’s most popular dancehall nightclub, Asylum, which became the home to their weekly event called Street Vybz Thursday.

In 2009, his song featuring Jamaican deejay Spice, “Romping Shop,” debuted on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart. His 2010 single “Clarks” was one of his biggest international successes, remaining in the top three reggae singles and gaining the most radio plays in North America for 40 weeks. “Clarks” was also featured on the TV series So You Think You Can Dance Canada and on a CNN segment on dancehall dance.

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Vybz Kartel Controversies

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 Awards and Achievements

  • Stone Love’s 30th Anniversary (2003)
  • DJ of the Year (2005)
  • CUMA (Caribbean Urban Music Awards) (2008)
  • EME Male DJ of the Year (2009)
  • EME Lyricist/Songwriter of the Year (2009)
  • Song of the Year (Romping Shop ft. Spice) (2009)

Vybz Kartel’s Social Handle

You can follow him on Instagram at @vybzkartel for updates on his dancehall songs and more.

Which country is Vybz Kartel from?

Vybz Kartel is a citizen of Jamaica and currently resides there.

Vybz Kartel’s net worth (2023)

Vybz Kartel has released successful songs with different top artists; his net worth in 2023 is estimated to be between $1 million and $3 million.

 How old will Vybz Kartel be in 2023?

Vybz Kartel is a popular musician, and his age in 2023 is 47 years old. 

Which record label signs Vybz Kartel?

Vybz Kartel is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and music producer, signed to Adidjahiem Records, Vice, Mixpak Records, Greensleeves Records, Short Boss Muzik, and Vybz Kartel Muzik.


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