Vybz Kartel was the biggest winner at the Youth View Awards (YVA), this weekend. There is a saying that “A child shall lead them” but this was the case of “A convicted murderer shall lead the children.”
FIVE years after his incarceration for murder, Vybz Kartel continues to be the favorite artists of the youths. If you ask Jamaican police, they will say this is one of the reasons blood is flooding Jamaican streets like a toxic spill. When it comes to crimes, Jamaicans have never been too intelligent. In the 70s and 80s, Black Jamaicans slaughtered thousands of their own over two white men, Edward Seaga and Michael Manley.
Vybz Kartel was nominated for 8 awards and won 7 of those awards. Each time the world boss was named as a winner there was pandemonium in the building.
Kartel won Favorite Local Artiste (Male); Hottest Summer Song; Favorite Local Chart-Topping Song for Fever; Favorite Dancehall Artiste; and shared Favorite Musical Collaboration with Shenseea for Loodi.
Alkaline was nominated for 10 awards but ended up winning only 2. The vendetta boss won Young Hot and Hype (Male) and shared honors with Jay Will Films in the Favorite Local Music Video category with City.
So even though Alkaline is trying hard, he is not yet in Kartel’s class as Spice would say. If Alkaline really wants to surpass Kartel he might have to kill a crocodile or an alligator.