Vybz Kartel is one of the most celebrated Dancehall artists of all time. After featuring on Bounty Killer’s Girl Like Mine he quickly became the king of this genre. This reign continued until 2005 when a new artist entered the scene. The artists name was Mavado and it seemed as if he was the only person who could challenge the supremacy of Vybz Kartel.
Mavado’s entrance to the Dancehall scene started an all-out war between these two artists, with multiple diss tracks being released. Things even got so bad that the police and government became involved, with the artists being forced to publically make peace at a press conference.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the end of it and this beef was reignited when both artists appeared at the Sting Dancehall Festival in 2008. After meeting with the prime minister of Jamaica the artists once again put their differences aside and even started performing shows together.
While their beef may be officially settled, the dancehall scene is split into two camps to this day. On one side you have the supporters of Vybz Kartel and on the other are those who support Mavado. These two groups are principally made up from the protégées of these artists and includes people such as Popcaan on the side of Vybz Kartel and Aidonia on the side of Mavado. Along with these are dozens of other artists, as well as Dancehall fans who are constantly watching the drama play out between these two groups.