Vybz Kartel hits the cover of The Fader, The Rolling Stone and The New York Times – all in one week.

posted on June 16th, 2011 by in Article, Jamaican Artists

© Peter Dean Rickards
© Peter Dean Rickards

When was the last time a Jamaican artists was featured in three major US print publications within just a couple of days (not to mention Dazed and Confused, Riddim etc.)? Must have been when Sean Paul came out with »Dutty Rock«. (via Peter Dean Rickards)

Looks like besides being a superb self-promoter – you can even follow »all of Vybz Kartel’s Blackberry updates« online now – he seems to have the right team around him to get that kind of main stream attention just before the Dre Skull-produced album »Kingston Story« dropping early next week.

»Kartel has remixed the notion of what it means to be a dancehall star«, said the Jamaican novelist and essayist Colin Channer. »He’s a pop artist in the sense of somebody like Madonna or Lady Gaga, who are aware of how transforming their image makes them attractive to different segments of the public.« (via New York Times)

Check more of the »worl’boss« in the worl’ press:
- Fader: Cover
- Rolling Stone: »Controversial Jamaican Dancehall Star Vybz Kartel Takes On His Critics«
- New York Times: »Managing a Brand He Made Himself«