|Posted by Admin on October 7, 2021 at 9:40 AM|
Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel have grown along with the genre, which has taken the world like a storm and is currently spreading in more corners of the globe as fans increase and even outsiders from countries outside of Jamaica are entering the dancehall space due to its increasingly growing popularity.
The recent back and forth between Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton marks a significant shift in the relationship that the two veterans once shared. It wasn’t always peaches and cream with these two as before the character that is Vybz Kartel was born, there was Addi Banton – a moniker that a young Kartel adopted in homage to another young artist he looked up to, Buju Banton, who was a huge star in the 1990s golden era of dancehall.
t the time, Kartel was relatively unknown in the dancehall space, but Buju Banton was among a slew of artists dominating the genre locally and overseas.
Buju Banton and Kartel Beef traces back to the early 2000s
In the early 90s, a young Vybz Kartel, a student at Calabar High School, was fascinated by Buju Banton. He dropped his first song, “Love Fat Woman,” as Addi Banton in 1993. Later, as part of a group called Vybz Cartel, he started moving with Bounty Killer’s Alliance crew. Last year in a Boomshots interview, Kartel said Buju Banton and Ninjaman “are my two main influences in music.”
The first time that Kartel and Buju clashed was at a stage show in 2002 when Bounty Killer called him on stage for his first big exposure to stage performance, a moment that was going to set him on a path to becoming a true dancehall superstar and not merely Bounty Killer’s protege and songwriter.
However, the exciting moment quickly fizzled like cold firecrackers after Buju stunned everyone by snatching Kartel’s mic in the middle of his performance of his song “Gal Clown.” Bounty Killer eventually intervened and called out Buju for “disrespecting the young artist.”
Many viewed Buju’s sentiments towards Kartel as somewhat a compliment to Kartel as the two men appeared to be wizened by age and the tragedies of life- with them both going to jail.
However, it appears that the relationship has now soured now with the two on either side of the fence of the vaccine saga regarding whether to take it or not. Buju Banton has been a staunch anti-vaxx advocate, pushing a lot of conspiracy theories using his social media platform.
ybz Kartel, on the other hand, has spoken up for people to educate themselves about the vax, even encouraging people to do their research and not rely on the opinions of entertainers who are “dunce.” A timeline below outlines the falling out between the men.
September 29, 2021: Vybz Kartel calls out Buju Banton among others
In a IG Story shared on his official Instagram account, the “Fever” deejay called out anti-vax artists as uneducated and not qualified to give medical advice to their fans.
“Entertainers are among the least educated in society (some a we dunce like bat!) and therefore are among the least qualified people on earth to give medical advice FOR anything or AGAINST anything!” he began.
Vybz Kartel, who has received one shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine, advised his fans to only involve him when it comes to music, and they should otherwise educate themselves and not rely on what entertainers tell them to do.
“So do YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF [WHAT’S] BEST FOR YOU…come to me when you wanna ‘whine your waist’ and ‘bruk out’ in a Party! That’s where I’M THE EXPERT,” Kartel said.
Buju Banton clapped back at Vybz Kartel
Banton was silent until he responded with a rant on Saturday, October 2nd, when he called out entertainers who had sold out and joined the government’s push for mandatory vaccination.
“Some people who mi love as entertainers too, mi si dem bow out; guh unda,” Banton said on Instagram during a half-hour Instagram Live.