A controversial figure and a superstar in his homeland of Jamaica, Vybz Kartel was hailed as one of the leading new artists to emerge from the dancehall scene following the release of his 2003 debut album, Up 2 Di Time. Born and raised in the Waterford district of Jamaica, Kartel was only 12 when he released his first single, "Fat Women," under the name Adi Banton. In 1996, he formed Vibes Cartel with his friends Mr. Lee and Escobar, but the group quickly dissolved. Vybz would keep the group's name in altered form and became a solo artist; he soon became the protégé of popular dancehall singer Bounty Killer. Kartel began writing for artists on Bounty's Alliance management roster, including the Killer himself, along with the Scare Dem Crew featuring Elephant Man. Vybz broke out on his own in 2002 with a string of solo hits including ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Up 2 Di Time 2003 Up 2 Di Time Greensleeves Records
 
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More Up 2 Di Time 2004 More Up 2 Di Time Greensleeves Records
 
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J.M.T. 2005 J.M.T. Greensleeves Records
 
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The Teacher's Back 2008 The Teacher's Back JVC Compact Discs / Victor Entertainment
 
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Most Wanted 2009 Most Wanted VP Records / Greensleeves Records
 
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Kingston Story 2011 Kingston Story Mixpak / Vice
 
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Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey 2011 Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey Tad's Record
 
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Mentally Free 2012 Mentally Free Adidjahiem
 
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Gaza 4 Life 2012 Gaza 4 Life TJ Records
 
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Unstoppable 2013 Unstoppable Sounique
 
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Kartel Forever Trilogy 2013 Kartel Forever Trilogy Tad's Inc / Tad's Records / VP Records
 
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John John Presents 2014 John John Presents John John
 
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Reggae Love Songs & Other Things 2014 Reggae Love Songs & Other Things Short Boss Muzik
 
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Reggae Love Songs 2014 Reggae Love Songs Tad's Records / VP Records
 
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Viking (Vybz Is King) 2015 Viking (Vybz Is King) Adidjahiem / TJ Records
 
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Dancehall Hero 2015 Dancehall Hero Tad's Record / Tad's Records / VP Records
 
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King of the Dancehall 2016 King of the Dancehall Adidjahiem
 
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Gaza Unruly 2016 Gaza Unruly
 
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Party 2017 Party VP Records
 
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Tad's Dancehall Matrixx, Vol. 1 2021 Tad's Dancehall Matrixx, Vol. 1 Tad's Records
 
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The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto Eb / VP Records / Whirlwind Records
 
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Pon di Gaza 2.0 Pon di Gaza 2.0 Tad's Records
 
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It's in the Rain It's in the Rain MSI Music Distribution
 
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Duet Duet Tad's Records / VP Records
 
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Coloring Book - Tun Up Coloring Book - Tun Up VP Records
 
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Clarks de Mix Tape Clarks de Mix Tape Tad's Records
 
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