Vybz Kartel is still in prison where he has been for almost 5 years and is now waiting for the appeal judges to return with a decision on his appeal.
Despite this, Vybz Kartel as continued to be a major player on the dancehall scene. In fact, before Alkaline came on the scene, it is fair to say Vybz Kartel was the hottest item in dancehall reggae. How does one managed to be the king of a genre of music even while behind bars? That is the main question being asked by both fans and detractors of the controversial artist.
Did Vybz Kartel have a large catalog of unreleased gems before being convicted and sentenced for murder? Is he being allowed to record behind bars like Jah Cure was while he was incarcerated? Or is he been taken from prison to a studio to do his recording and then returned to prison. While no one has given a definitive answer to these questions, one thing is for sure, Vybz Kartel continues to be prominent on the reggae dancehall charts.
The artist was nominated for more youth awards since his incarceration than any other dancehall artist.
It is amazing that a middle-aged convicted murderer has that much influence on young people. Maybe it says something about the state of Jamaica and her values, at least that is what some people would say. The fans of the artist, however, will say it is a reflection of how great the artist is.
Regardless of how we feel, we cannot deny the truth, Vybz Kartel, despite being locked up for many years, is still one of the hottest artists in dancehall.
Yelloman was crowned the king of dancehall by the people. Beenie Man crowned himself the king of dancehall. Now the question must be asked, has Vybz Kartel wrestled the crown away from whoever was previously the real king?