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Vybz Kartel’s baby mother reportedly pregnant

With the ongoing fallout from the cheating scandal involving the baby’s mother of Dancehall superstar, Mr. Vegas continuing to resonate, the common-law wife of another prominent entertainer has reportedly embroiled herself in some controversy of her own.

Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, the baby mother of incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel is reportedly pregnant with another man’s child. According to several websites, not only does ‘Shorty’ have a child on the way, the father of said child hails as a former member of Vybz Kartel’s recently defunct, Portmore Empire.

Reports also revealed that ‘Shorty,’ has been keeping herself out of the spotlight in recent weeks due to the fact that she wants privacy regarding her pregnancy and the identity of the baby’s father.

Additionally, it’s being said that a specific line in the opening verse of Vybz Kartel’s chart-topping hit single, Back To Life makes reference to ‘Shorty,’ and her alleged actions while he remains incarcerated on murder and conspiracy charges, saying, ‘A next man have yuh gyal when yuh missing.”

Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson hails as the mother of three of Vybz Kartel’s children and has publicly defended the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ several times against constant rumors and negative press that he’s received since being nabbed by law enforcement in September 2011. She also stated in the press that she had been trying to help herself, her children and Kartel’s mother to cope with the stress of having ‘Di Teacha’ in jail.

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Popcaan still loyal to Kartel despite reported fallout

Despite rampant speculation that Popcaan has fallen out with long-time mentor, Vybz Kartel, the self-professed ‘Fry Yiy’ continues to back the former Portmore Empire leader.

Several reports have emerged in recent months regarding growing tensions between Popcaan and Vybz Kartel, with former Empire members such as Gaza Slim, Lisa Hyper and Tommy Lee speaking out on the matter. With all three artistes admitting that problems exist between Popcaan and his mentor, Kartel himself released a statement publicly chastising him and Tommy Lee for their perceived disloyalty and ‘opportunist’ behavior displayed since he was initially incarcerated last September.

However, Popcaan continues to insist that he and Kartel are cool, telling TVJ’s Entertainment Report on Friday that he’s still loyal to the Worl’ Boss.

“Mi seh dis ova and ova again dawg and mi a tell unnu again, Kartel a mi daddy. Big up Vybz Kartel,” he said.

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Vybz Kartel questions loyalty of top ‘Gaza’ artistes

As if there wasn’t enough drama resulting from the recent dissolution of the Portmore Empire, now the group’s former leader has thrown more gasoline on the proverbial fire with a stern rebuking of his ex-protégés.

According to several reports, incarcerated Dancehall superstar and former Empire founder, Vybz Kartel released a damning statement against his former group mates on Thursday, insinuating that prominent protégés, Popcaan and Tommy Lee are no longer committed to the ‘Gaza’ cause, labeling both artistes as ‘opportunists.’

The statement was reportedly issued through ex-Empire singer, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler, who sent said statement to Anthony Miller of TVJ’s Entertainment Report.

The alleged statement reads, “I just want u to let the people know that all a dem runnin’ aroun’ sayin’ ‘Gaza, Gaza’ are not real. Before I came here we were ‘good.’ No animosity, but within a week of my arrest, they started giving other people managerial and booking positions. But where were these people when I was building their careers? When I was investing time and money to transform them from nobody to somebody? They are opportunists and fake. I’m not surprised because this is Dancehall and I have no problem with them making their money. But I jus’ don’t want them to be all over the place exploiting a movement that I built with blood sweat and tears when they and I know they aren’t real. I want them to stop. The only two loyal people are Slim and Sheba (the girls) and maybe it’s because they haven’t fully realized their potential.”

This news comes several weeks after back and forth exchanges between Popcaan and former Empire singjay, Gaza Slim following a statement made by the former deejay address his status within the ‘Gaza’ as well as relationship with Vybz Kartel.

Furthermore, reports suggest that Vybz Kartel wanted a sizeable portion of Tommy Lee’s booking and publishing rights in an effort to exert more control over the Some Bwoy singer’s career while also implying that Popcaan owes ‘Di Teacha’ money in relation to bookings fees.

Kartel has publicly lashed out against former protégés before, doing so after ex-members like Black Ryno and Lisa Hyper left the Portmore Empire. The once dominant super group has also lost members such as Jahvinci, Kym Hamilton, co-founder, Deva Bratt and former Empire producer, Ainsley ‘Notnice’ Morris.

In a swift response to Kartel’s statement, Lisa Hyper disputed claims made by the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss,’ intimating during an interview with one876entertainment.com that ‘Di Teacha’ should never take full credit for the growing ‘Gaza’ movement.

“Who is him fi talk bout loyalty? Him not even loyal to him (expletive) self. Him right fi say ah only dem two de, Sheba and Slim ah the most loyal to him because dem ah de two foolest people pon the Gaza, dem not even know what a split sheet is, dem nuh know nothing bout the business. Kartel caan stop nobody from say Gaza, Gaza belong to everybody now, this is a movement, Gaza mean fight for what you believe in and Kartel caan tek Gaza from nobody, Popcaan and Tommy Lee caan siddown and wait pon him fi come out, and further, Gaza belong to everybody, it bigger than Adidja Palmer, it bigga than me, it bigga than everybody who help start it. Mi breathe Gaza, mi bleed Gaza, Gaza for life,” she said.

More details of this ongoing saga will emerge on TVJ’s Entertainment Report this Friday night featuring Kartel’s statement as well as reaction from the aforementioned Tommy Lee, who reportedly expresses his loyalty to the ‘Gaza’ in his interview with ER, despite his mentor’s comments.

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Toi & JahVinci Ignite Reggae Sumfest with Surprise Performance

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Reggae Pop sensation, Toi & top dancehall singjay, JahVinci, took the stage at the Aquasol Theme Park in Montego Bay, to entertain the masses at the 2012 Reggae Sumfest Beach Party. This traditional event marks the start of the 20th Anniversary of Reggae Sumfest.

Toi, who began her performing career two years ago in Miami, Fl, has been making steady strides in the music industry. This latest performance shows that she has grown into a confident artist who knows her way around the Stage. With a wealth of musical styles and a powerful expressive voice, Toi laid down a smashing performance.

“I did my thing and it was great, I loved it”, said Toi. “It’s been an amazing experience so far, and theres a lot more to expect from Toi. I want to thank the fans for supporting me and keeping me reaching for more”.

JahVinci, the former Portmore Empire member & singjay, with his Weaving lyrics and flawless flow had the crowd jumping with energy. Since parting with the Portmore empire, he has captivated many dancehall and reggae music lovers with his cultural outreach. Well known for singles such as “Watch Yuh Friends”, “Money”, and “Remedy”, JahVinci delivered solid entertainment.

As Reggae Sumfest moves forward in its 20th year, attendees can look forward to more action, more good music, and non-stop energy. With several major acts ready to grace the stage, one thing is sure, Reggae Sumfest 2012 is off to a real good start.

 

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Gaza Slim calls out Popcaan, insists he lied in statement

It’s a literal case of he said-she said as the fallout from the recent disbanding of the Portmore Empire continues with one former member Gaza Slim calling out another in Popcaan following a statement released to the public on Monday.

The Only Man She Want deejay issued a detailed press release addressing several pressing issues, from his relationship with former mentor, Vybz Kartel to the reasoning behind him not being a member of PG13, a new label spearheaded by Kartel which features Tommy Lee and the aforementioned Gaza Slim. In said release, Popcaan insisted that he was not able to visit the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss’ given that he was advised against making visitations to the jail where Kartel had been held at and that ‘Di Teacha’ himself suggested through letter that he should stay away from the police. Additionally, Popcaan insisted that he remains grateful to Vybz Kartel for providing him with several musical opportunities and that he’s forever loyal to the ‘Gaza.’

A day after Popcaan broke his silence, Gaza Slim, whose also known as Vanessa Bling issued a statement of her own, steadfastly refuting the When We Party deejay’s account of these events while revealing the apparent discord that existed between Popcaan and Vybz Kartel after the latter’s arrest last September.

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Popcaan speaks out regarding ‘Gaza’ status and relationship with Vybz Kartel

After weeks of silence and a plethora of rumors that have infiltrated Dancehall circles, internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Popcaan has finally spoken out; addressing every topic of speculation that his name has been involved in in recent times.

With the Portmore Empire officially disbanding last month and fellow ex-member of the group, Tommy Lee stating during an interview on Friday that Popcaan was not a member of Kartel’s newly formed PG13 stable, the Party Shot deejay has come forward to set the record straight amidst rumors of a falling out between himself and the self-professed Worl’ Boss.

In a statement sent out to the media on Monday, Popcaan talked in detail about various topics, including his thoughts of the Portmore Empire’s dissolution.

“The world already knows that my career was launched from the greatest dancehall school and business entity, The Portmore Empire/Adidjaheim Records led by Vybz Kartel. Since Vybz Kartel’s incarceration in September 2011 I remained a loyal and contributing member of this unit until May 2012 when the Portmore Empire was dissolved,” he said.

“Rumors started as early as September 2011 that I had left the Portmore Empire, this was not so. My actions in October 2011 were to seek booking representation as this very important function was no longer viable for me with the incarceration of the head of my management and booking company. To date I have no formal management or booking agreement and only since June 2012, with the dissolution of the Portmore Empire have I engaged the services of a lawyer to put these agreements in place.”

“From September 2011 to present I have worked hard and stayed focused on my career with my main intention to make sure that the music from the Portmore Empire was being released and the brand remained in the forefront of the dancehall music industry. I feel that I did that to the best of my ability with the release of songs like Party Shot, Fry Yiy, Coolie Gal, Bad Mind, She A Gwaan Good, Nuh Sell Out and Step Like Dead and with performances all over the world.”

Popcaan also talked about the reasoning behind him not being a part of PG13 and even addressed So Unique Records head, Elvis ‘Sounique’ Redwood who he claims has been making several defamatory statements to the press since he declined to voice on one of Redwood’s recent Riddims.

On PG13, “Vybz Kartel has explained that with no negative intentions and with his blessing and the possibilities of working together in the future, he thinks I have shown where I can work with my own career and that he will form a unit named PG13 for upcoming artists and include two former Portmore Empire members.”

Regarding Redwood, Popcaan intimated that, “Elvis Redwood has made it public that he is one of the producers working with PG 13 and he also keeps making defamatory statements about me. I know these are related to his disappointment because I did not voice on his ‘Aurora Skies’ Riddim and it did not pass Half Way Tree. Because of his reaction to this and the way he constantly refers negatively to me throughout the music industry and the media. My statement here is that I will never voice on any Riddim he produces.”

“My main producers remain TJ Records, UIM Records, Young Vibez, ZJ Chrome, Not Nice Records and MixPak Records. I also record any riddims that I like by other producers.”

Perhaps the most pressing issue that Popcaan addressed was his relationship with long time mentor, Vybz Kartel. For months, several Dancehall fans have queried why the Ravin’ deejay has not visited Kartel since his incarceration last September.

Popcaan explained that he made several inquiries to law enforcement officials about visitation but to no avail while also stating that Vybz Kartel himself advised against such communication.

“Since his incarceration I have not visited Vybz Kartel, nor have any members of the Portmore Empire visited him to date. In September 2011 it was explained to us that only family members were allowed to visit at set times once a week. On several occasions when I enquired about visitations I was told that this was not advised. Later Vybz Kartel communicated through letters that I should focus on my career and stay away from the police. All our communication has been focused on updates on my career, my song releases and stage shows and general discussions as one would express in the present situation. Up until May 2012 when the Portmore Empire was dissolved we maintained a business relationship.”

Nevertheless, Popcaan remains grateful to Kartel for creating vast opportuinities that he’s managed to capitalize since joining the Portmore Empire.

“I am grateful and am loyal to Vybz Kartel for the opportunity of working with the Portmore Empire, for everything I learned from him about the music business, life, friendship and family. He is a brother, a father figure, “mi real chargie”. He has influenced and will continue to influence my career as one of my favourite artists and from the day we met at the Chromatic party ‘My Scheme’ in Portmore in 2009 to collaborating on hits like Clarks, Hot Grabba, Never Fear Dem and other songs.”

“I look forward to working again with Vybz Kartel and will be checking with producers to see what previously recorded material they may have that I can include on my album which I will start working on soon.”

Popcaan also addressed rumors that Informer, a track done by Kartel and Tommy Lee was in no way aimed towards him.

“The song Informer was recorded by Vybz Kartel in August 2011 and added to by Tommy Lee in May 2012.”

 

“These lyrics in no way pertain to me. To create friction and controversy, some persons have tried to dissect the song line by line but the fact remains that this song was not recorded about or toward me. Every word sang by Tommy Lee in this song could have been sung by me but this is the time for Tommy Lee to get the exposure and recognition from a collaboration with Vybz Kartel.”

As for his status within the Gaza, Popcaan proclaimed, “I have never said and will never say I am not a part of Gaza. Gaza is my original home and foundation and I will always remain loyal to the Gaza.”

“As I move forward and progress in the music industry I will use my success to bring forward other artistes like Vybz Kartel did for me and like Bounty Killer did for him.”

“Unscrupulous persons have called me and my family members with threats on my life, my family’s lives and threats to bottle my performances. I will not focus on this as I remain committed to my music, my career and my fans. Thanks to everyone for all the messages of support and encouragement that keep coming to me from fans in the streets, the media, the music industry and all the social networks.”

“I can only be myself and bring my own energy and vibes to the music industry, I remain the same fry yiy, hotskull, peppa skull, boil brain, popskull from 3 West Portmore dat Vybz Kartel buss to di world. Wi born unruly wid baay badness pack up all ova dat so…do remember…a di whole place a say fry yiy and the undisputed best mixtape of 2012, ‘Yiy Change,’ is still available for download at www.popcaanmusic.com. Listen for new music and look out for di fry yiy Ravin King coming to a city near you…big up di fans worldwide.”

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Popcaan not a part of newly formed crew, says Tommy Lee

Following the recent disbanding of the Portmore Empire by their leader, Vybz Kartel, many fans have speculated whether or not Popcaan remains a part of the ‘Gaza.’ After an interview with fellow ex-Empire deejay, Tommy Lee, that speculation is sure to grow.

Tommy Lee gave an interview on Friday morning with Young Lion on BBC 1Xtra’s Dancehall M1X in which he addressed a few subjects, including the newly formed PG13 label. Tommy Lee and Gaza Slim announced their participation within the new group during a statement that Vybz Kartel issued regarding the Portmore Empire’s disbandment as the self-professed Worl’ Boss insisted that his protégés were more than capable of handling their own careers going forward.

According to Tommy Lee, Vybz Kartel was the brainchild behind PG13 but was encouraged by ‘Di Teacha’ to lead the group until Kartel returns.

When asked by Young Lion about Popcaan’s status within the Gaza camp, Tommy Lee intimated that though he and the Party Shot deejay are on good terms, the self-professed Gaza Prefect isn’t a part of PG13.

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Deva Bratt reportedly cops assault charges

Veteran Dancehall star, Sheldon Smith, more popularly known as Deva Bratt has once again embroiled himself in legal trouble after the renowned deejay reportedly copped assault charges stemming from an incident last week.

According to reports, Deva Bratt was arrested following an encounter with two women at his Portmore home last week, where he allegedly made sexual advances on them. However, after both females refused to engage in such activity with the artiste, an exchange occurred which led to Deva Bratt allegedly assaulting both women.

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Tommy Lee to drop new mixtape this summer

One of the former protégés of incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Tommy Lee seeks to establish himself as a major force in the post Portmore Empire era as he’s set to release his new mixtape this summer.

Tommy Lee has slowly but surely become a household fixture within Dancehall music within the last two years; releasing notable efforts such as Psycho, Warn Dem and Journeys. With his unique and somewhat mischievous sounding voice, the young deejay has become a force to reckon with going forward after perfecting his craft under the tutelage of long time mentor, Vybz Kartel.

Now Tommy Lee has set his sights on making his next career step as he’s set to unveil his new mixtape which will be unleashed this summer. Reportedly, the mixtape will feature several songs from different labels as he looks to build his growing repertoire.

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Former Portmore Empire artistes weigh in on group’s split

Following yesterday’s announcement that the Portmore Empire has officially disbanded, a few of the group’s former members have reacted to the surprising news.

Early Wednesday morning, incarcerated Dancehall superstar and former Portmore Empire leader, Vybz Kartel issued a statement, via his Adidjahiem Records label in which he announced the dissolution of the ‘Gaza’ crew. According to Kartel, the group’s members were more than capable of managing their own careers while conceding that it would be unfair to hold them to such a cause given the burden of his ongoing legal woes.

While some former members such as Tommy Lee and Gaza Slim have already hitched on to a new label, PG13, others in the camp expressed shock at the move. Tasheba Campbell, more popularly known as Sheba had been a member of Portmore Empire since 2009 when he auditioned for Kartel before being recruited.

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Vybz Kartel disbands the Portmore Empire

After five years in existence and stamping their place as one of Dancehall’s most dominant crews, the Portmore Empire has officially disbanded.

The shock announcement was made early Wednesday morning by Portmore Empire leader, Vybz Kartel, who issued a statement from jail confirming the group’s split through his Adidjaheim Records label.

According to Kartel, this hails as the best time for Empire artistes to try and achieve success on their own and that it would be unfair to keep them confined to his group given his ongoing legal situations.

“Dancehall fans worldwide it with great regret that I, Adidja Palmer, have decided to disband the Portmore Empire. These artistes have been under the Adidjahiem leadership for years, where they have honed their craft and made their mark, and as such, are well on their way to becoming major forces in Dancehall. They have reached a level where they are more capable to take on their careers by themselves, and it would be unfair to them, based on the limited resources of Adidjahiem Records, and current legal woes of the Adidjahiem C.E.O. and team members,” the statement reads.

“I wish them the best and I am confident that they will live up to my expectations. In the future, Adidjahiem will continue to bring out new acts and groom them for stardom,”

Already a pair of the Empire’s members, Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler and Leroy ‘Tommy Lee’ Russell have committed to a new project as they’ve joined a newly formed label entitled, PG13.

“Right now, a PG13 di ting deh,” Gaza Slim said.

Tommy Lee added, “Look out for PG13…It soon work in.”

The Portmore Empire became one of Dancehall’s most popular stables since its formation in 2007 by veteran deejay, Deva Bratt and Kartel. Though Deva Bratt left the group after a falling out with the self-proclaimed Worl’ Boss, the group soon flourished as they introduced several acts to the mainstream such as Jahvinci, Black Ryno, Lisa Hyper and most notably, Popcaan.

However, between the end of 2009 and last summer, the Empire soon shrunk as Lisa Hype, Black Ryno, Jahvinci and fellow members, Doza Medicine as well as Kym Hamilton (formerly Gaza Kym) all left the group, citing ill-treatment.

But with the emergence of Popcaan as a megastar with hits such as Ravin and Only Man She Want, the group elevated to seemingly higher heights before Kartel was arrested last September and later slapped with murder, drug and obstruction of justice related charges.  

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Vybz Kartel and Corey Todd explain nature of rift, reunion

Incarcerated Dancehall mega star, Vybz Kartel and prominent American businessman, Corey Todd are apparently back in business and have offered explanations regarding their highly publicized split almost a year ago.

On Monday, reports confirmed that the long-time business partners would reunite after agreeing to a business deal which involves reviving the Street Vybz Rum brand which became a highly popular entity between 2009 and 2011. During their association, Kartel and Todd also created the Vybz Rum brand, Daggering Condoms and later co-owned operations at the Building (now Club Riddim) where they birthed the Street Vybz Thursdays and Inclusive Saturdays party series.

However, Kartel and Todd’s partnership fizzled last May after the American businessman alleged that the Portmore Empire deejay threatened him while alleging that Kartel wasn’t fully committed to their business ventures. Now, nearly nine months after Vybz Kartel was arrested and later charged with murder, drug and obstruction of justice related charges in separate cases, the internationally acclaimed artiste and Todd have settled their differences in order to re-ignite their once successful alliance.

In a statement, Todd revealed that he and Kartel started talking back to each other shortly after the deejay’s incarceration.

“We started communicating shortly after his incarceration; it was our intention not to make this public knowledge until his release however we can no longer patiently wait for that day. I wish be a voice that will help bring forth his freedom because I can attest his only guilt is association,” he said.

With regards to why he and Kartel split, Todd insists that this came down to the people around the self-proclaimed ‘Worl’ Boss,’ but also relents that their strong personalities clashed as time elapsed.

“The associates that led to his incarceration are the same associates that cause our partnership to end at the time, but I must add that our egos also clashed. His arrest had a humbling effect on me and caused me to reflect on my own actions. I then lost interest in my present projects and made artistes involved aware that I wish discontinue, this around November,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a statement said to be from Kartel, he echoed Todd’s sentiment, stating that the rift between them was based on miscommunication while admitting that the American entrepreneur was one of his closest friends.

“What happened between me and Corey was just a misunderstanding. Truth be told I really had some negative elements around me, that bad mind me and Corey partnership because of its success. At the time I was too caught up being world boss to realize I was destroying one of realest friendships I ever had. Being in here made me realize that we did achieve greatness together… after all if a neva fi Corey and Kartel STREET VYBZ woulda never buss in people head and Building would a never Buck pon a Saturday,” he said.

In a letter to his fans sent through his common-law wife, Tanesha ‘shorty’ Johnson, Kartel assured them that he and Todd’s reunion will reap several benefits.

“Gaza fans just get ready fi start clubbing it and rummin it. Right now, this reunion bigga than the north and south after the civil war…The business mogul and the dancehall star…Awoh!”

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L.A. Lewis starts ‘Gaza’ group, wants to recruit Popcaan

Just when you figured that Jamaican entertainer, L.A. Lewis was finally out of the public eye, the Seven Star General has returned to the scene in a more reputable light, as a musician.

Lewis, who recently faced allegations of defacing public property with graffiti, has decided to turn his full attention to the music business as the outlandish entertainer has formed a new group dubbed, the Gaza Federation.

Currently incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel continues to be recognized as the ‘Gaza Emperor’ ever since leading the Portmore Empire to prominence during its inception in 2007. The group has produced some noteworthy acts including its founder, Deva Bratt and internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Popcaan.

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Vybz Kartel’s common law wife reportedly targeted by thieves

The bad news keeps piling up for prominent Dancehall entertainer, Vybz Kartel  as his common law wife nearly became the subject of a robbery on Friday.

Tanesha Johnson aka Shorty has been coping in recent months since Kartel was arrested and later charged with murder, drug and obstruction of justice related charges late last year as she tries to garner strength for their family the deejay will be exonerated. However, Johnson reportedly suffered a scare late Friday night as two men trespassed on her residence in Norbrook, St. Andrew.

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Kartel remanded again, booked for June court date

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel faces a longer wait regarding a decision on bail as he has been remanded once more in one of his murder cases.

Appearing in the Home Circuit Court on Friday, a bail application was expected to be made on the Portmore Empire deejay’s behalf in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case. However, the application was delayed, forcing the judge to hand down a June 8 court date for Kartel as well as the co-accused in that matter: Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams, Andre St. John and Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye, who’s been on bail since January.

Each of the men stands accused of participating in the killing of Williams during an incident at a Havendale, St. Andrew residence last August.

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Vybz Kartel’s ganja trial to begin next month

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will report to court next month for the beginning of his ganja trial.

The prominent deejay faces a May 22 court date in the matter, which will be resumed after a three month delay. The new trial date was scheduled earlier this week in the absence of Kartel, who was not brought to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on the day of the hearing.

Presiding resident magistrate, Maxine Ellis ruled that a writ must be issued for Kartel’s release from a Spanish Town based jail where he’s currently being kept in order to ensure that he makes the May court date.

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Popcaan featured in New York Times article

Prominent Dancehall superstar, Popcaan continues to assert his dominance on the international scene as he was recently featured in one of the United States’ major publications.

The self-professed ‘Gaza Prefect’ was featured in the music section of the highly regarded U.S. newspaper, the New York Times this past weekend. The piece reviews his chart-topping hit single, Only Man She Want, which copped a top 100 sport on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop charts late last month.

The feature waxed poetic about the growing crossover impact that Only Man She Want has received since its release last August.

“As ever, dancehall songs take several months to crawl up from Jamaica and infiltrate the American consciousness. Popcaan’s Only Man She Want now experiencing its crossover moment, is already months old, but its sweetness hasn’t faded,” the article reads.

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Vybz Kartel remanded again, to return to court later this month

The same result has played out once again for prominent Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel in his ongoing murder case.

The incarcerated Portmore Empire leader was once again remanded when he appeared in the Supreme Court in Kingston on Friday in relation to the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial. The Dancehall entertainer, who has been in custody since late September of last year, stands accused of murder, perverting the course of justice and conspiring to pervert the course of justice in the case.

Kartel’s Portmore Empire protégé, Shawn Storm as well as his designer, Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye, Andre St. John, Kahira Jones and Shane Williams are also accused of murder in the Williams case.

All five men are expected to return to court on April 27.

Meanwhile, Justice Majorie Cole Smith has ordered the Crown to release electronic recordings implicating Kartel in the Williams murder case to the deejay’s defense team.

Kartel’s lawyer Valerie Neita-Robertson stated that she has not received a copy of the audio and video recordings from the prosecution, thus being unable to make a bail application on the artiste’s behalf.

Vybz Kartel and his co-accused are alleged to have participated in the beating death of Williams that took place at a residence in Havendale, St. Andrew last August.

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Kartel’s Benz, other assets returned by cops

Several assets belonging to prominent Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel have been returned after being held by law enforcement officials in recent months.

Last year, several media outlets reported that the prominent deejay’s S-Class Mercedes Benz, as well as documentation pertaining to properties that he owns were seized following Kartel’s arrest in September and subsequent murder charges. The seized assets were reportedly being stored at the Police Commissioner’s office in St Andrew.

However, it’s now being confirmed that Kartel’s Benz, as well as his passport, laptop, amongst other assets have been released to the Portmore Empire leader’s family. Reportedly, they were released as early as last month.

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Kartel releases book excerpts from jail

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel continues to declare his innocence and has released excerpts from his most recent project to back his claims.

Kartel, who faces multiple murder and obstruction of justice related charges, issued a letter to University of the West Indies (UWI) professor, Carolyn Cooper regarding his current legal situation. In the letter, Kartel blamed law enforcement and the media for perpetuating a demonizing image of him while conceding that he may never get a fair trial in relation to his cases given that, in his mind, the public has already convicted him for his alleged actions before being allowed to prove his innocence. Additionally, the self-professed ‘Worl Boss’ aimed to separate his egocentric onstage persona from his more humble and sociable off-stage persona that he insists the public has confused several times.

Now the controversial Portmore Empire deejay has taken his protests a step further by releasing fresh excerpts from his debut book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, which was originally due for release last summer.

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Vybz Kartel issues letter from behind bars

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has publicly addressed his current legal battles for the first time since his arrest last September.

The prominent deejay, who faces murder, drug and obstruction of justice charges stemming from three separate cases, issued a letter from the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town, where he currently resides while awaiting trial. A part of his letter was published in Sunday’s edition of the Jamaica Gleaner by University of the West Indies (UWI) literary and cultural professor, Carolyn Cooper who wrote an editorial piece on Kartel’s current situation behind bars.

In the piece, Cooper speaks from a mother’s point of view as she distinguishes the difference in personality between Vybz Kartel and Adidja Palmer, claiming that Palmer’s a complete contrast of the controversial character that his stage persona presents. Additionally, she speaks of various dissections of Kartel’s public perception worldwide and in the media.

In the letter, Kartel speaks to those points and then some; accusing law enforcement officials and the media of labeling him guilty before getting the chance to prove his innocence before the courts.

“As you know I am in jail on numerous charges and I’d like to tell you that I am an innocent man who needs your help because I’m being painted as this evil ‘D.J. by day, don by night’ murderer who is society’s number one cause of crime and violence. The police is using the media to slaughter me and as such I don’t think I will get a fair trial. They are using the media to form public opinion of me that is so contradictory to the person that I really am. They (police) have tried my case in the public & found me guilty,” the letter reads.

“Every single piece of alleged evidence, every new development in the case is thrown on TV. As if this is a soap opera, but I can assure you that this is no movie to me. This is about my life and my freedom and I take them very seriously.”

Additionally, Kartel insisted that he’s a far cry from some of his inmates in remand and intimates that these legal troubles have taken a toll on his family.

“My charges are merely allegations, but they are giving the public the impression that I am guilty and that is not fair to me or my family,” he said.

“I have been to court on numerous occasions and saw hundreds of accused men who are charged with heinous crimes like murdering children, killing police officers, burning & shooting whole families and I have never once saw police on TV; discussing the development of those cases, much less every week, as in my case.”

Vybz Kartel remains in jail despite having copped bail on a marijuana possession charge, as well as in a murder case in which he and other men stand accused of killing St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burtonlast summer. He still remains in police custody regarding murder and obstruction of justice related charges in relation to the murder of St. Catherine dancer, Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.

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Kartel displeased with Popcaan over lack of contact since arrest

There may finally be some friction developing between the two biggest stars within the Portmore Empire following months of non-communication between them.

Breakthrough Dancehall star, Popcaan recently re-iterated during a radio that he has yet to contact his currently incarcerated mentor, Vybz Kartel since the Empire leader was arrested last September and subsequently slapped with murder, drug and obstruction of justice charges. Popcaan gave no reason for his inability to visit Kartel but has continued to pledge his loyalty to the ‘Worl’ Boss’ and the Portmore Empire.

Now, reports have emerged that Vybz Kartel isn’t impressed with Popcaan’s consistentno-shows to the Horizon Remand Centre, where the self-proclaimed “Dancehall Hero” currently calls home.

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Popcaan collaborates with Snoop Dogg

Breakthrough Dancehall superstar, Popcaan continues to add to his international resume as he’s reportedly landed another collaboration with a prominent American rapper.

On February 17, Popcaan released the official remix of his number one hit, Only Man She Want, which featured internationally acclaimed Jamaican-American rapper, Busta Rhymes. The song, which was unveiled via iTunes, has also earned over 50,000 YouTube views since its debut nearly two weeks ago; earning the Portmore Empire deejay strong acclaim locally and overseas.

Now, media reports have confirmed that Popcaan has joined forces with veteran hip-hop superstar, Snoop Dogg, who’s currently in Jamaica recording material for his upcoming studio album, Reincarnated as well as filming a documentary about the Rastafari Movement in Jamaica.

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Black Ryno accuses Popcaan of stealing image

A prominent ex-member of the Portmore Empire believes that emerging Dancehall superstar, Popcaan has been copying his style.

Established Dancehall singjay, Black Ryno insists that Popcaan has emulated his image, lyrical flow and swagger during his recent run to fame. This following several issued lyrical challenges to the Only Man She Want singer; challenges that Popcaan has yet to accept.

In one of Black Ryno’s latest singles, Follow Mi Up, the singjay fires lyrical shots at Popcaan; claiming that the Ravin’ singer hails asan overhyped imitation of what he was during his Portmore Empire days.

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Kartel cops bail on ganja charge

Controversial Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel can breathe a little easier after he was granted bail in his drug trial.

The prominent deejay copped JA$40,000 bail, with one or two sureties, regarding a ganja possession charge during an appearance at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon. The charge stems from his September 29 arrest at a New Kingston hotel when he was allegedly caught with a small quantity of marijuana. However, Kartel cannot post bail in the matter, given that he currently faces a slew of charges in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial.

Kartel was previously granted JA$3 million bail in his other murder case, where he stands accused of killing businessman/promoter, Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton in St. Catherine last summer.

The Portmore Empire leader faces charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in that matter.

Vybz Kartel’s drug trial will continue on March 14 while the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial will re-convene on May 8. The self-proclaimed “Worl’ Boss” faces a murder charge as well as two obstruction of justice related charges in the Williams case.

 

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French publication labels Vybz Kartel “The White Clown of Kingston”

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has been dubbed several labels, good and bad, since his mainstream debut in 2002. However, a new nickname issued to him by a French publication may just take the cake.

French news agency, Le Monde recently did a feature piece, published on Monday, regarding Vybz Kartel and the growing skin bleaching epidemic in Jamaica. The title for said piece is amazingly titled, Le Clown White De Kingston, or when translated, The White Clown of Kingston.

The article, written by Arnaud Robert cites Kartel as the main reason for the growing skin whitening problem in Jamaica; implying that’s he led locals astray for quite a while now. Robert outlines a night a the formerly known nightclub The Building (now Club Riddim) where several girls with bleached proudly crowded the stage when Kartel entered while a boy grabs a girl as they simulate oral sex.

Robert claims that Kartel, who’s currently incarcerated on murder charges and obstruction of justice charges stemming from separate incidents last summer, triggered his own demise through misogynistic lyrical style; blaming the deejay’s Jamaican fan base for encouraging his behavior.

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Vybz Kartel’s assets seized by police

The news gets from bad to worse for embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer,who must now contemplate the loss of several highly-prized valuables as he remains incarcerated on murder charges.

According to media reports, law enforcement officials seized many of Kartel’s assets in light of his September 2011 arrest and subsequent murder charges in October. The seizures took place shortly after the arrest and following the approval of the newly passed Proceeds of Crime Act which allows police and other law enforcement personnel to confiscate someone’s property if there are discrepancies in the acquisition of said property by citizens. Once that transpires, the person whose assets are seized will have to show evidence that they acquired those valuables legally.

Among the items taken during the recent seizure include his highly-touted 2010 Mercedes Benz S-Class which is worth over JA$20 million, a laptop containing music-related projects and documentation regarding properties that he owns.

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Police charged in Vybz Kartel case

Several law enforcement officials face internal charges regarding the ongoing legal cases against prominent Dancehall entertainer, Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel and alleged matters which have taken place during the deejay’s incarceration.

According to media reports, nine police personnel, as well as a high-profile inmate at the Gun Court Remand Centre in St. Andrew, were slapped with several internal charges on Monday after allegedly involving in corrupt acts. This following an in-depth investigation by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); recommending severe punishment for their alleged acts in the Vybz Kartel matter.

Each of the accused face sanctions in relation to allegations that they accepted money and other gifts in effort to afford Vybz Kartel several special privileges. Reportedly, police allowed a visitor of the popular deejay a visit within a restricted area of the lock-up while given the opportunity to talk on a cellular phone without permission. Additionally, video recordings and other forms of evidence were reportedly captured of these acts taking place.

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Vybz Kartel remains in custody, Gaza Slim offered bail

A turn of the calendar hasn’t changed the fortunes of embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, aka Vybz Kartel as he will remain behind bars for the foreseeable future.

On Monday, the prominent deejay was remanded into custody until February 1 regarding charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice while attending a hearing at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston. Kartel, along with his Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa Saddler aka Gaza Slim were slapped with both charges last month.

Meanwhile, Gaza Slim walked away a temporarily free woman as she posted bail in the Home Circuit Court with the condition that she must return to court alongside Kartel on February 1.

Both perverting the course of justice charges were issued after police seized a cellular phone possessing a text message in which Kartel ordered Gaza Slim to concoct a false robbery story involving Clive “Lizard” Williams, one of two men that the Portmore Empire leader stands accused of killing last year. On October 29 of last year, Gaza Slim filed a police report at the Constant Spring Police Station; intimating that she was robbed and gun-butted by Williams during an incident in Havendale, St. Andrew. Gaza Slim filed the report five days after police charged Kartel in Williams’ murder. Allegedly, Gaza Slim made up the story in an attempt to aid Kartel’s legal defense.

Kartel’s lawyer, Christian Tavares-Finson asked presiding Senior Resident Magistrate to outline her reasoning in writing regarding why she did not offer Kartel bail. Once she complies with that request, Kartel’s legal team will then decide their next move.

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Vybz Kartel denied bail again, will miss STING 2011

Internationally-acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will certainly miss the upcoming STING 2011 stage show after the deejay was denied bail in one of his murder cases.

Kartel, along with Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa “Gaza Slim” Saddler were remanded into police custody until January 9, 2011 during a hearing in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Monday. Both artistes are jointly charged with conspiracy to pervert the court of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice in the Clive “Lizard” Williams murder case.

This means that Kartel will miss the 28th edition of STING 2011, scheduled to take place on December 26 at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine. Both artistes will remain behind bars during the holidays up until two days after Kartel’s 36th birthday (January 7).

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Cops on the hunt for another Empire member in Kartel case

Law enforcement officials are looking for yet another member of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire as they continue to investigate a murder case against the group’s leader.

Already, Empire protégés, Vanessa “Gaza Slim” Saddler, Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm and Andre Mad Suss St. John are facing charges in both of Vybz Kartel’s murder cases. Mad Suss was recently charged jointly with Kartel and two other men in relation to the murder of Barrington “Bossie” Burton this past July. Meanwhile, Shawn Storm and Gaza Slim face charges regarding the Clive “Lizard” Williams murder case involving the self-proclaiming “Worl’ Boss.”

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Vybz Kartel hit with two new charges in murder case

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, now faces two additional charges in one of his murder cases.

On Wednesday morning, the prominent entertainer was charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice regarding the Clive “Lizard” Williams murder case. Kartel’s Portmore Empire protégé, Vanessa Saddler, otherwise known as Gaza Slim, also stands charged with the same offences.

Law enforcement officials insist that they possess a cellular phone containing a text message in which Vybz Kartel allegedly ordered Gaza Slim to concoct a robbery story in an attempt to aid his legal defense. On October 29, Gaza Slim issued a police report at the Constant Spring Police station; claiming that Williams, the man Kartel’s accused of killing, robbed and gun-butted her during an incident in Havendale, St. Andrew. The police report was filed five days after police charged Kartel in Williams’ murder.

Gaza Slim was formally charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice on Friday and will remain in custody until at least December 19, her next scheduled court appearance. Additionally, Kartel’s expected to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on that dat.

Kartel, Gaza Slim, fellow Portmore Empire member, Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm, Cayro Jones and Calvin Haye aka Moonie are jointly charged in the Williams case. Furthermore, reports indicate that a sixth person will face charges in the case.

Meanwhile, Kartel faces another court appearance later this month regarding his other murder case in which he and three other men allegedly shot and killed, Barrington “Bossie” Burton, a St. Catherine businessman/promoter this past July.

 

 

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Vybz Kartel likely to face new charges in murder case this week, police claim

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, otherwise known as Vybz Kartel, will likely face new charges this week regarding one of his murder cases.

Kartel already faces a drug-related charge stemming from his initial arrest in September as well as charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in relation to the July killing of St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington “Bossie” Burton. Additionally, the self-professed, “Worl’ Boss” stands accused of killing Clive “Lizard” Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St Catherine, this past August.

Now, the head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell intimates that Kartel will additional charges with regards to the Williams murder case. According to ACP Powell, charges of perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice will be issued against the internationally acclaimed deejay later this week.

 “Kartel will be charged soon, I can’t commit to say which day he will be charged, but he will definitely have an additional charge on which to seek bail,”  ACP Powell told one876entertainment.com on Monday.

Kartel’s Portmore Empire protégé, Gaza Slim stands accused of perverting the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the court of justice  after police seized a cellular phone containing a text message where “Di Teacha” allegedly orders her to falsify a robbery. On October 29, Gaza Slim filed a police report at the Constant Spring Police Station, claiming she was robbed and gun-butted by the aforementioned Clive “Lizard” Williams. Gaza Slim filed the report five days after Kartel was charged in Williams’ murder.  

Kartel and the co-accused in the Williams case, fellow protégé, Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell, personal designer, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Cayro Jones are scheduled for a court appearance later this month in the matter.

 

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Gaza Slim charged in Kartel case

Portmore Empire singjay, Vanessa Saddler, more popularly known as Gaza Slim, has become the third member of the “Gaza” group to face a charge in relation to a case involving the group’s leader, Vybz Kartel.

Gaza Slim, otherwise known as Vanessa Bling, was formally charged on Friday morning with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to the Clive “Lizard” Williams murder investigation. This took place four days after the Empire singjay turned herself in to the Constant Spring Police after she was named a person of interest in the Kartel matter.

Gaza Slim’ predicament resulted from an alleged false police report that she filed on October 29; claiming that Williams, who Kartel and others stand accused of killing, robbed and gun-butted her in Havendale, St. Andrew.

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Popcaan gives unexpected performance at Club Riddim

Emerging Dancehall superstar, Andre ‘Popcaan’ Sutherland reportedly caused a stir at the popular Club Riddim nightclub following a surprise appearance there.

According to one876entertainment.com, the Raving deejay appeared at the event, STING Wednesdays, a weekly, promotional concert series leading to the upcoming STING 2011 stage show in St. Catherine on December 26.  Popcaan, scheduled to perform at this year’s edition of STING, made his presence felt inside the club to the amazement of patrons.

The caveat regarding this news plays up the fact that Club Riddim is currently owned by Corey Todd, the former business partner and friend of Popcaan’s mentor, Vybz Kartel. This marked the first time publicly that any member of the Portmore Empire made an appearance at the club formerly co-owned by Kartel since the business partnership between he and Todd dissolved in May.

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Gaza Slim reports to police, faces charge in Kartel case

Dancehall singjay and Portmore Empire member, Vanessa Saddler, more popularly known as Gaza Slim has turned herself in to police after being named a person of interest regarding a murder case involving her mentor, Vybz Kartel.

Gaza Slim reported to the Constant Spring Police Station on Monday afternoon, accompanied by her attorney. The singjay was initially summoned by law enforcement officials to report to the station on Friday to face questioning in the Kartel matter. This followed several failed attempts to communicate with the singjay.

The artiste otherwise known as Vanessa Bling faces a charge of perverting the course of justice after allegedly filing a false police report; claiming that she was robbed by Clive “Lizard” Williams, one of the men Vybz Kartel stands accused of killing at a Havendale, St. Andrew premises in August.

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Vybz Kartel made to wait on bail decision

Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, will have to wait a few more weeks before finding out if he’ll receive bail in his other murder case.

Kartel was granted bail in the sum of JA$3 million on Thursday in relation to the murder of St. Catherine-based businessman/promoter, Barrington “Bossie” Burton this past July. Despite the good news, Kartel could not post bail due to the fact his other murder case, where he’s accused of killing St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive “Lizard” Williams was still pending. A hearing took place on Friday at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court where a bail application in the Williams matter would reportedly be presented.

However, during Friday’s hearing, it was revealed that no bail application for Vybz Kartel was made given that documents that should have been served to the deejay’s defense team weren’t made available.

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Gaza Slim could face charges in Kartel case, may have lied to police

The Portmore Empire’s legal woes could mount once again as one of the group’s singjays, Gaza Slim, could stand accused of lying to police in one of Vybz Kartel’s murder cases.

Gaza Slim, whose real name is Vanessa Saddler, was named a person of interest by law enforcement officials on Thursday. She was asked to report to the Constant Spring Police by midday Friday for questioning following weeks on unsuccessful attempts to contact the singjay. It remains unknown if she has complied with their request.

Reportedly, Gaza Slim issued a report to police this past October, claiming that she was robbed and gun-butted by Clive “Lizard” Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew. Williams, a former dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine is one of the men Vybz Kartel stands accused of killing. The report was filed on October 29, five days after Kartel was charged for murder in the case.

On Friday, several reports emerged that police possess phone records indicating that Kartel and Gaza Slim tried to stage a false robbery in an attempt to aid the defense case for the self-proclaimed, “Worl’ Boss.”

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Gaza Slim named a person of interest

Yet another Portmore Empire member has been named a person of interest since the group’s leader, Vybz Kartel was arrested this past September.

Vanessa Saddler, more popularly known as Gaza Slim was officially listed as a person of interest by law enforcement officials in Kingston. According to detectives from the Constant Spring Police, several attempts were made to get in contact with the Dancehall singjay but have yet to locate or hear back from her.

Gaza Slim was a subject of some controversy in relation to one of Vybz Kartel’s murder cases as news surfaced over a month ago that she filed a report with the St. Andrew North police.

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Kartel granted bail but remains in jail

World-renowned Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel, has been granted bail regarding to one of his murder charges.

According to the Jamaica Gleaner, The embattled entertainer was offered bail in the sum of JA$3 million by Supreme Court judge, Justice Bertram Morrison, in relation to the murder of St. Catherine businessman, Barrington “Bossie” Burton in July. This resulted from a successful bail application made in chambers by his defense lawyers, Tom Tavares-Finson and Chris Tavares-Finson.

As a condition of his bail, Kartel must report daily to the Constant Spring Police Station, where his cases were originally brought forward.

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Vybz Kartel jail break story a hoax, blogger responsible blames media

The ongoing media circus surrounding the murder cases of embattled Dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel reached new heights on Wednesday after reports of his escaping prison turned out to be a hoax.

A blog post on the popular Dancehall website, www.hypelife.com reported that Kartel, along with seven other inmates made a jail break from the New Horizon Adult Remand Centre shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. Allegedly, the men stole uniforms and a vehicle from Correctional Services Department prior to their departure.

However, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Les Green was quick to dispel the story; suggesting that he would have been one of the first to know should a situation like that occur. Additionally, law enforcement officials at the Denham Town Police station, the closest station to the remand centre, believe that the hoax was an attempt by loyalists of Kartel to help him maintain relevance as a newsworthy figure.

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Vybz Kartel remanded once more, faces two new court dates

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will have to wait until at least the week prior to Christmas for his next hearing.

Kartel, who faces two murder-related and one drug-related charge issued following his September 29 arrest, was remanded into police custody following a hearing in the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning. The presiding magistrate in the matter denied Kartel bail; ordering the Portmore Empire deejay to return to court on December 21 when documents pertaining to one of his murder cases will be served to his defense lawyers.

Additionally, Kartel was handed a February 3, 2012 court date where when a preliminary enquiry relating to the murder of St. Catherine based promoter, Barrington “Bossie” Burton will be given to Kartel defense team.

Kartel, along with two other men, is accused of shooting and killing Burton while he stood on Walker’s Lane in Gregory Park, St. Catherine this past July. Additionally, the self-dubbed “Worl’Boss” along with his road manager, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Empire protégé’, Shawn Storm, face murder charges in relation to the killing of St. Catherin based dancer, Clive “Lizard” Williams in August.

Kartel also faces a ganja possession charge stemming from his initial arrest in September at a New Kingston hotel.

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Popcaan happy with career progress, yet to visit Kartel in jail

Emerging Dancehall superstar, Andre Sutherland, more popularly known as Popcaan, insists he’ll become the proverbial flag bearer for the Portmore Empire despite his mentor’s incarceration on murder and drug-related charges.

Since his arrest on September 29 in New Kingston, Portmore Empire leader, Vybz Kartel has been slapped with two murder charges stemming from incidents occurring this past summer. Additionally, Assistance Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, intimated that more murder charges could be issued against Kartel; darkening an already large cloud over Kartel’s career and the future of the Portmore Empire.

With fellow Empire member, Shawn Storm also behind bars on a murder charge, Popcaan and fellow members of Gaza group are disheartened regarding the startling allegations. However, the Ravin deejay, who’s been hailed by some Dancehall observers as the most improved artiste in 2011, told TVJ’s Entertainment Reports that he’ll bear the responsibility of leading the Empire while lifting sulking Gaza fans.

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Vybz Kartel tried to have evidence destroyed in murder case?

Two days after reports surfaced that several police officers acted corruptly in the murder case against internationally acclaimed deejay, Vybz Kartel, now speculation emerges that “Di Teacha” tried to buy out the case altogether.

According to reports, Kartel allegedly paid police officers JA$4 million to destroy evidence in the murder case against him in an effort to avoid serious prison time. It was announced by the prosecution in the case at a hearing at the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court two weeks ago that they possess video and audio evidence implicating Kartel and others accused of killing Clive “Lizard” Williams in August. The alleged evidence shows Kartel, Portmore Empire protégé, Shawn Storm, designer/booking agent, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Cayro Jones taking part in the murder of Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine. Law enforcement officials confirmed that Williams was beaten and stabbed to death with his body yet to be found.

On Wednesday, a source told online magazine, Urban Islandz, that the alleged attempt to buy out the case took place during an exchange between a police officer and one of Kartel’s relatives. On Monday, it was revealed that six police officers in the Kartel case could face corruption charges after the exchange between Kartel’s relative and a law enforcement official was caught on tape. Furthermore, another monetary exchange allegedly took place between said officer and a suspect in the Kartel case, who was allowed to visit the self-proclaimed “Worl’ Boss” without police supervision. No comment has been made regarding these latest allegations.

Kartel was initially arrested on September 29 at a New Kingston hotel where a small quantity of marijuana was found. On October 3, Kartel was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm in the killing of Barrington “Bossie” Burton, a St. Catherine based promoter and businessman. Three weeks later, Kartel was hit with another murder charge in relation to the killing of Williams.

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Another Empire member held in Kartel case, was Shorty arrested?

Another arrest has been made in the ongoing legal drama surrounding prominent Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel.

Andre St. John, otherwise called “Mad Suss” was arrested and charged in a murder case involving mentor, Vybz Kartel. St. John is a member of Kartel’s Portmore Empire group, the second member of the “Gaza” camp to be charged regarding the August killing of Clive “Lizard” Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine.

St. John was held by police during the September 30 operation where Kartel, Alicia Jackson and Shane Williams were arrested and charged with possession of ganja at a small New Kingston hotel. On Monday morning, St. John was officially charged with murder and shooting with intent in relation to the death of Williams. Kartel, fellow Portmore Empire protégé, Shawn Storm, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Cayro Jones are also jointly charge in Williams’ murder. The next hearing in the case will take place on December 2.

Meanwhile, Yardflex.com reports that Vybz Kartel’s common-law wife, Tanesha “Shorty” Johnson may also have been arrested in relation to Kartel’s legal troubles.

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Gaza Slim robbed by man Kartel’s accused of killing?

In what can only be described as a bizarre circumstance, Portmore Empire singer, Gaza Slim, insists that she was recently robbed by a man her mentor, Vybz Kartel, stands accused of killing.

According to reports, the artiste otherwise known as Vanessa Bling issued a report to the St. Andrew North police that a man, claiming to be Clive Williams, robbed and pistol-whipped her while she walked along Coolshade Drive in Havendale, St. Andrew. Williams, otherwise called “Lizard,” is one of the men that embattled Dancehall deejay, Vybz Kartel, allegedly killed during an August incident in Havendale. Williams’s body hasn’t been found since.

In the report, Gaza Slim explained that on the night of October 29, she was jumped by the man; hitting her in the face with a gun and stealing her Blackberry cellphone.

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Vybz Kartel changes legal representation

Embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel will be seated beside a completely transformed defence team once he returns to court.

The internationally acclaimed artiste, currently in police custody with regards to two murder charges, reportedly sacked his star-studded legal team following his hearing on Thursday. The legal team consisted of prominent attorneys, Tom Tavares-Finson, Chris Tavares-Finson and Michael Deans, who also represents Kartel’s protege, Shawn Storm who was also charged in one of Kartel’s murder cases.

Kartel will now be represented by English-Jamaican lawyer, Hannah Harris-Barrington, who the deejay asked handle his cases going forward. Harris-Barrington revealed in an interview with IRIE FM on Monday that she was informed of Kartel’s decision to change attorneys; complying with the request of the deejay’s family to meet with the self-professed “Worl’ Boss” before her services were secured. Additionally, she revealed that at least two other attorneys-at-law will join their defence team.

Kartel was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm on October 3 in relation to the July shooting death of Barrington “Bossie” Burton, 27, of a St. Catherine address. Additionally, the Portmore Empire leader was charged with another murder on October 24; standing accused of killing Clive “Lizard” Williams, a dancer from Waterford, St. Catherine. Kartel’s designer, Calvin “Moonie” Haye, entourage member, Cayro Jones and Portmore Empire singjay, Shawn Storm were also charged in Williams’s murder. Each of the men was remanded into custody until October 2.

Kartel has been denied bail on several occasions since his initial arrest on September 29 at a New Kingston hotel where a small quantity of marijuana was found.

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Video evidence to force guilty pleas in Kartel murder case, prosecution claims

Investigators in a murder case against Dancehall superstar, Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer are insistent that the deejay and other accused men will plead guilty after shocking revelations made in court yesterday.

Kartel, along with fellow Portmore Empire artiste, Shawn Storm, his designer/booking agent, Calvin “Moonie” Haye and Cayro Jones appeared simultaneously in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court on Thursday. Each of the men was charged with murder in relation to the killing of Clive “Lizard” Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew this past August. Following claims by Kartel’s defense team that there was a lack of evidence, prosecutors fired back; claiming that they possessed video proof that the men were involved in the murder of Williams.

The video, captured via cellphone, allegedly shows Kartel and other men killing Williams, who was beaten and stabbed to death, according to police. The cellphone was later seized during the time of Kartel’s arrest along with other items. Additionally, prosecutors in the case intimated that they also have recorded telephone conversations and witness statements that implicate the four accused men in the crime. Given the evidence the prosecution team provided, they were adamant that it would force defence lawyers to advise their clients to plead guilty in the murder case.

Meanwhile, Kartel and his associated were remanded into police custody until December 2. On the other hand, “Di Teacha” faces a November 30 court date in relation to charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm stemming from the shooting death of Barrington “Bossie” Burton. In that case it’s alleged that Kartel and a group of men shot and killed the St. Catherine based promoter/businessman while standing with friends alongside Walker’s Lane in Gregory Park, St. Catherine this past July.

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Shawn Storm charged for murder

Portmore Empire singjay, Shawn Campbell, otherwise known as Shawn Storm, has officially been charged in the murder case against his long-time mentor, Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer.

Shawn Storm, in police custody since last week Tuesday, was pointed out during an identification parade on Monday at the Constant Spring Police Station in Kingston. Paul Thompson, a Constant Spring Police inspector, later revealed that the My Life singjay would know his fate by Thursday regarding whether or not he’d be charged in the killing.

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Shawn Storm expected to be charged Thursday, police say

Portmore Empire singjay, Shawn Campbell, more popularly known as Shawn Storm, should know his fate by Thursday in relation to a murder case involving long-time mentor, Vybz Kartel.

The “Gaza” artiste has been held in police custody since last Tuesday as he faced questioning from law enforcement in relation to the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams in Havendale, St. Andrew this past August. On Monday, Shawn Storm was pointed out in an identification parade at the Constant Spring Police station. The artiste has yet to be charged in the ongoing murder investigation.

However, Inspector Paul Thompson, from the Constant Spring Police, revealed during Vybz Kartel’s hearing on the matter on Monday, that Shawn Storm will be one of two men who should be charged by Thursday with regards to the murder.

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