KARTEL & MAVADO, The Jamaican Biggie & Tupac?


Two of Jamaica’s more controversial artistes, with a fanbase highly committed to their careers, have endured some trialing times.  To some it seems almost like they are targets.  Years gone by it would take days for statements to come forward from their camps and rumors would swirl faster than Port Royal sank; nowadays many artistes are taking to social media to tell their side and share their experiences.

At the time of writing, Vybz Kartel posted 3 episodes of his life experiences and Mavado after yet another suspect public uproar felt compelled to clear the air.

Before the Quad incident, there had been other travails for Mavado, see the story here  http://jamaica-star.com/thestar/20110610/ent/ent2.html?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Hear Mavado’s side of the story

Kartel’s and Mavado’s taking to social media led the writer to wonder:

a.    With ease of access to social media, it almost being like having their own t.v.           channel, will the two have a different outcome than the fate of Tupac and                 Biggie, as even to this date, they are so many conflicting stories surrounding         their deaths.

b.   How many other Jamaican artistes, who are also quite vociferous,  will take            to social media in the same way.   Will Elephant Man even do the same.  See            his drama here :

       http://jamaica-star.com/thestar/20110610/ent/ent4.html?   utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

c.  Given that there are other stars in the region, will they too be as vocal in their       expressions

d.  Will this vibrant form of expression, render publicists redundant or will the           publicist be guide to the artistes in using social media as a direct form of                   expression?

e.   How can artistes use social media to improve value

f.   Will the Governments of the region soon change laws so as to put a vice grip           on freedom of expression via the internet, since many of the laws were in                 existence prior to this new form of expresssion

Let’s see how it all pans out.