DJ Akademiks, a native of Spanish Town who has become an American hip-hop commentator, is back with his controversies. According to AK, Vybz Kartel’s influence on Dancehall is more than that of Bob Marley, The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Jay-Z in their respective genres.
“Vybz Kartel is my favorite artist of all time … never,” Akademiks told hosts Gillie Da King and Wallo267 on A game worth a million dollars podcast on Sunday.
“My favorite artist of all time is a Jamaican artist. I think he’s the best artist. There’s no other artist on Earth that’s less than an inch away from him and he’s Vybz Kartel.”
“He’s currently imprisoned for murder or whatever, but when it comes to living your craft, he’s also the best at everything. He’s the best guy with melodies, the best with beats or lyrics or whatever. He was always someone “Culture to this day, he is in prison and he still makes music, he still lives on his back (by Vybz Kartel),” he continued.
Akademiks, born Livingston Allen, rose to fame in the hip-hop world after reporting on the Chicago Drill scene. He later became a music and culture commentator, a Twitch streamer, and a co-presenter for Complex Magazine’s Daily struggle.
During the podcast, the 30-year-old surprised hosts Gillie and Walla when she said, “The greatest artist, I’ve never seen any artist have more influence in a genre … I don’t care if you could say Bob Marley, Elvis, the Beatles. “
It was then that Wallo replied, “Is he stronger than Bob?” while Gillie intervened with “man, get the shit out of here … get the lie out for … get out of here, bwoy.”
Then the professional disruptor clarified: “Bob Marley’s influence is global, but Bob Marley doesn’t talk to the young men in the garrison, Bob Marley doesn’t talk to the ghetto people.”
“Whatever influence you think Jay-Z had on hip hop, he hasn’t had what Kartel had on dancehall. Facts. It’s the tupac level,” AK said.
Bob Marley, a Rastafarian from the slums of Trench Town, Jamaica, died 40 years ago at the age of 36. He is considered one of the greatest and most influential musicians in the world and his music was a key element in the development of reggae music around the world.
Marley has been awarded and honored throughout his life and posthumously for his contribution to music and cultural development, including the UN Third World Peace Medal in 1978, the Order of Merit of Jamaica in 1981, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2001 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
Time magazine has named Bob Marley and Wailers Exodus the Album of the Century, while Rolling Stone magazine ranked Marley 11th on its list of the 100 best artists of all time. His posthumous compilation album Caption: The best of Bob Marley and The Wailersfirst released in 1984, it has been on the Billboard 200 album chart for 13 years and is one of the most successful releases of all time.
Legend is currently number 1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, for the 100th consecutive week.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, is considered one of the most influential Dancehall artists for her style, delivery and lyrical content. As their influence grew in the early 2010s, so did the controversies. In 2014, he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his partner Clive “Lizard” Williams. He will be eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 32 years in prison. Although imprisoned, Kartel continues to release new music, with more than 5 albums since his imprisonment in 2011.
His hit song Fever was certified Gold in February 2020.