Adidja Azim Palmer was born in Kingston, Jamaica to Norris and Theresa Palmer, the third for his Mum, the second for Dad. He has four sisters and one brother and grew up in the Waterford community of Portmore St Catherine. 'Vybzkartel' was formed in the mid 90s with Escobar and Mr Lee, both close friends from the community. The group soon disbanded but the name was kept for his solo career.
Success was quick to happen. He met Bounty Killa in 2000, wrote a song for him called 'Warlord Rule The World' and became his 'son'. International success came in 2002 with 'New Millenium' a collaboration with Wayne Marshall (also a 'son' of the Killa) which tore the local and international charts apart and was the beginning of a number of successful collaborations.
Vybz Kartel is now with his new group the 'Portmore Empire' with Nuclear Avalanche, Deva Brat, Omiel, Blackrhino, Sean Storm, Blass Slash - his latest album "The Teacher's Back" earned top marks so great education is assured for 09 and beyond.
More on The Vybz soon. Watch this space...