They have built an extensive catalog of hit records and have saturated airwaves on the international scene.
Over the years, both artistes have established a large amount of wealth. However, their figures are secluded from the public despite rumors that Mavado’s net worth is reportedly at USD $7 Million, while Vybz Kartel is estimated at $5.5 million.
For a few years, Dancehall stars Mavado and Vybz Kartel were bitter rivals, so bad that even the Jamaican Prime Minister at the time, Bruce Golding, had to get involved.
The 2006 feud was responsible for violence between the artists’ crews along with numerous diss tracks, including “Warn Dem” and “Informer” from Mavado and “Alliance Diss” and “Mafraudo” from Kartel.
A truce was announced in late 2007, but things escalated during 2008, and in 2009 Vybz released his “Live We Living” single as a call for peace.
With all this out of the way, Mavado was able to complete his debut album, Gangster for Life, for the VP label. The 2007 release featured more hits like “Top Shotta Nah Miss” and “Dying” plus “Real McKoy with a Full Clip,” a new mix of the track that, a year later, would be featured in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto 4: Liberty City.
His 2009 album Mr. Brooks…A Better Tomorrow featured the hit single “On the Rock” while 2011 saw him launch his own label, Mansion Records, with the single “Delilah”.
In 2012 he appeared alongside fellow dancehall singer Popcaan on Snoop Dogg’s single “Lighters Up”, then in 2013, Nicki Minaj joined Mavado on his single “Give It All to Me”.
In 2010, “Clarks” single became a huge hit for Vybz Kartel, spawning two more follow-up singles about the shoe brand that would also climb the charts, while the 2010 album Pon Di Gaza 2.0 produced the hits “Ramping Shop” and “Life Sweet.”
In 2011 Vybz would release the Kingston Story album with Brooklyn house music producer Dre Skull handling the beats.
Kartel was arrested in September of that year and charged with the murder of Barrington “Bosie” Burton, a music promoter based in the St. Catherine suburb of Portmore. In America, the Vice label issued a deluxe version of Kingston Story in 2012, and even though Vybz made bail on the Burton murder charge, he remained jailed based on new charges in connection with the murder of alleged gang member Clive “Lizard” Williams. In early 2014 he was sentenced to life imprisonment, yet new music, including the 2016 album King of the Dancehall, continued to hit and run the streets.
Mavado, whose real name is David Constantine Brooks, is known for hits like “Gyal Bend Ova,” “Star Bwoy,” “Never Believe You,” “Come Into My Room,” “Nah Use Dem,” and “My League.”
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is known for bangers like “Go Go Club,” “Million Dollar by Morning,” “You A Mi Baby,” “Money Mi A Look,” “Dumpa Truck,” and “Romping Shop” (featuring Spice).
Who do you think is stacking up more money from their brands, Mavado or Vybz Kartel?