Vybz Kartel became the first dancehall artist to be featured on the TV show “Before They Were Famous.”
Host Michael McCrudden did a feature on the incarcerated dancehall star’s rise to stardom from his childhood days to becoming a household name both in Jamaican and in the global dancehall space.The show revealed some small details about the artist that most of his fans wouldn’t know, for example, some of his musical idols includes Buju Banton, Will Smith, Ninja Man, KRS-One, and Papa San. Kartel also started writing lyrics when he was 11 years old and has written hit songs for other dancehall artists including his former mentor Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, and more.
In one of his old interviews, Vybz Kartel spoke about the violent content of dancehall music and how he believes it wouldn’t be accepted on the world stage if release in its purest form. “Dancehall music is so indigenous that as we said if it was to be put on an international market in it’s purest form it would be intolerable,” Kartel said.
One of Vybz Kartel most famous moments in dancehall was when he assaulted Ninja Man on Sting 2003 and thus became the first artist in dancehall to physically attacked an artist on stage. Ninja Man recent weighed in on that incident revealing that Vybz Kartel had to pay him $3 million to settle the beef and save his life.
There are a lot more you might learn about the controversial dancehall enigma, watch the video below. Vybz Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his former associate Clive “Lizard” Williams. He will be eligible for parole in 2049 when he is age 72. But the artist is banking on an early release with a judge giving him the green light to proceed with his appeal. The case will be brought up in the Jamaican appeal court as early as later this year.