People & Music: Vybz Kartel

Levi Brown, Eagle Staff Columnist

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In the country of Jamaica, there is artist that goes by the name Vybz Kartel.  He goes by many different nicknames such asAddi, The Teacher, World Boss, Kartel, Vybz, The Gaza Don, and Daddy Devil. Vybz does two genres of music, which areReggae & Dancehall. Dancehall is a genre of music that originated in Jamaica in the 1970’s. It is similar to reggae, but has a faster rhythm than it. In this column, I will explain why Vybz Kartel is an influential and successful artist.

Vybz was born on January 7th, 1976 in Kingston, Jamaica. His birth name is Adidja Palmer. Vybz grew up in a part of Kingston they call Gaza. One of Kartel’s biggest hits is called Cake Soap. In the lyrics, he talks about how he uses a material called Cake Soap in order to make his skin appear lighter. He speaks Broken English, but there are forms of the English language located in the lyrics. Kartel has also done collaborations with artists such as Jay-Z, Rihanna, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne, and Eminem.

Vybz earned his nickname The Teacher, by noticing the dangers that people face and then singing to them in the songs. He promotes awareness in his songs as well.

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