Jamaican entertainer and businessman Vybz Kartel is no stranger to media spotlight, whether radio, Television, blog, podcast the artiste is known for controversy, or some would say hugging the media. The artiste whose United States Visa was revoked sometime ago has been in the light for matters relating to Cake Soap, bleaching, tattoos, the Illuminati/Secret Societies, as well as his expulsion of artistes once managed by him in the Portmore Empire also known to fans as the Gaza Camp.
Vybz Kartel, who is expected to perform for fans in Miami via satellite on today latest drama comes with the break-up with him and business partner Corey Todd and accusations leveled at Kartel. Below catch an exclusive Entertainment Report video aired on local television station Television Jamaica with Corey Todd.
An obviously fearful Vybz Kartel in a radio interview with, journalist turn media owner, Cliff Hughes disclosed on NationWide over the weekend that both him and his business partner, Corey Todd, are living in intimation and receiving death threats from former police officer turn promoter, Isaiah Laing.
According to the Kartel, the threats are connected to a decision not to performed at the 2010 staging of the Boxing Day dancehall stage show, Sting until he was paid some JMD$500,000 owed from his 2009 appearance.
In the clips below the Dancehall artiste who is famous for songs like Clarks and Romping Shop with Spice speaks with broadcaster Cliff Hughes.
Most popular and controversial entertainer for this year Vybz Kartel and the King of Mix Ragashanti speak on several things including his new skin colour, Beenie Man and an being a business person.
The entertainer speaks quite eloquent along with his business partner Corey about many things that many Jamaican’s been asking about, including the Boxing Day raid that the police conducted. There is also talks of raising cash for a dance member of the Raver’s Claveers who is in the United States (US) and needs money for a surgery.
Vybz Kartel Interview With Raggashanti about Boxing day Police Raid
The Vybz Kartel led Gaza Empire or Portmore Empire after starting the year at the peak of discussion with the ousting of its first lady Lisa Hype; seem to be ending the year lovely with two of the BEST QUALITY videos coming out of that camp.
The videos Like Christmas with Vybz Kartel & Sheba and the second Charly Black’s Fall In Love Again are now the latest things to be talked about among teen bobbers , Gazarites (fans of Kartel), and of course those who have interest in music videos.
Like Christmas with Vybz Kartel & Sheba is directed by Janelle Dyer and revolves around a Christmas house party, where Sheba has a flash back to the previous Christmas when she was given a gift by Vybz.
Lately everyone has been talking about Kartel’s completion and the video of course will be bringing back these discussions to the fore as the artiste fair or should I say bleached-liked skin gives an impression of Jamaica’s own Michael Jackson; only difference is ours claim he “wash mi face with the cake soap” as stated in his single Straight Jeans & Fitted.
Early comments from the popular video sharing site Youtube have already hurl comments at the artiste ‘new-bleachy-look’ saying: “A the next michael Jackson this, Kartel uh nuh love ur colour and u nuh look good u look like monkey……….. stop bleach the bleaching pill goin to damage uh organs.” Other comments were favourable; one viewer even said that they were predicting that both the song and video for Like Christmas would be the top song this holiday season.
Notes are being taken by Kartel as he is using his video to promoting his business, something close to what Lady Gaga and Beyonce did in the video Telephone. Kartel does this by ensuring that among his bleachy compatriots, the official rum of the Portmore Empire, Street Vybz Rum is seen in heavy rotations throughout the video. Also not to be forgotten is the first ever, if I’m not wrong, inclusion of a snow scene in a Dancehall video; no lies people Sheba and Kartel are actually in a virtual snow world, minus the winter clothes.
If you think you’re dreaming watch the video:
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Charly Black is the latest member of the Portmore Empire, better known in some circles as the Gaza Empire, led by Vybz Kartel to have release a video for one of their songs. Black also joins the ranks of Vybz Kartel and Sheba with Like Christmas also release this month as the BEST videos so far to be release by that camp.
This video is not done locally and perhaps that is the reason why it has such “clean” footage. The video starts off with a couple arguing, where a female insist on leaving her male partner who is also abusive and refuse to allow her to leave. If you follow the song this start off seems good and perhaps predictable since the song speak about a female telling Charly Black ‘she will never love again.’
Charly Black has his swagger all turn up, with a slight resemblance, or should i say a style which seem to have been influence by T.I the rapper.
Some aspects of the video were a bit weak, for example there could have been some more fire to convince us that the love being display for the camera while he sat in the park singing to the female character was real when he started caressing her face. Also aspects of the domestic violence were a big “no-no” and required more work.
Watching the video i kept saying “Portmore Empire improved!” Tell me if you’re impress with the video which takes on domestic violence.
- The violentest domestic violence ad ever. (copyranter.blogspot.com)
Dancehall luminary Vybz Kartel has been nominated for Best Reggae Artist for the 2010 Soul Train Awards. Scheduled for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia on November 10th, the ceremony will air on Sunday, November 28th at 9PM on both BET and CENTRIC.
Kartel joins Alicia Keys, Usher, Drake, B.O.B., Nicki Minaj, Sade, Fantasia, and a host of other international superstars as a 2010 Soul Train Award nominee. Hosted by Oscar-nominated actors Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the Soul Train Awards will feature a host of live performances including sets from R. Kelly, Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, and Ne-Yo.
The Soul Train nomination comes on the heels of Kartel’s nomination for Best Reggae Artist by the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards to be held in Liverpool, England on October 20th.
Named Deejay of the Year, Recording Artist of the Year, and Songwriter/Lyricist of the Year by the 2010 Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards in Jamaica, Kartel has been riding high on the success of his album Pon Di Gaza 2.0 and a string of #1singles, including the international crossover hit “Clarks.” Featured on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and BET’s 106 and Park, “Clarks” has spent over 28 weeks among the top 3 Reggae singles gaining major airplay throughout North America. Last month, Kartel completed a successful mini-European tour, headlining the Amesterdam Reggae Festival, and performing to sold-out crowds in France and Switzerland.
“Well, Kartel is the Dancehall artist with the most soul, so it’s only natural that I be nominated for a Soul Train Award,” jokes Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer. “Big thanks to organizers of Soul Train, and to throngs of music fans worldwide for the recognition, and the nomination.”
Starting tonight Friday, September 17, 2010 and every Friday until January 2011, The Building in New Kingston will come alive for the ‘Gaza Talent Search’ hosted by Dancehall Deejay Vybz Kartel. The talent search aims to hunt new talent for Kartel’s recording house Portmore Empire, famous for being name Gaza House, and is expected to replace ‘Fresh Fridays’.
In an interview with Jamaican tabloid THE STAR the artiste explained how the search came about. “The teacha has always been bussing artistes, but the idea for doing an official talent search came from my Street Vybz pawdie, Corey Todd (owner of the Building).”
The Gaza team is searching for selectors, deejays, singjays and female dance groups. The winner will walk away with a recording contract and a cash prize of $250,000.
The deejay notes that the finals for the ‘Gaza Talent Search’ will be held in December, following the signing of the winners by January. Interesting persons are asked to collect application form to be made available at The Building.
“The judge will ultimately be the crowd. We will be monitoring and will have the final say, though,” he told the publication. Kartel also mentioned that he is looking for “original sounds like me and Popcaan, just be original and fresh.”
The show will be hosted by Boasy Boy Floyd and excerpts of the show will be aired on Hype TV.
Gaza Slim, Popcaan, Blak Ryno, Jah Vinci, Gaza Indu, Merital Family and Lisa Hype are some of the more popular names that have come to be associated with Vybz Kartel. Most recently Shawn Storm became a part of the Empire.