Mouthing “Gaza Mi Seh” to television cameras during his usual pre-race antics, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt hailed his favorite Dancehall deejay moments before shattering another 100-meter world record in Berlin on Sunday. Today, ace lyricist and leader of the ‘Gaza’-based Portmore Empire Vybz Kartel celebrates Bolt’s victory with “Lightening Bolt’ a clever tribute to Bolt’s outstanding world championship triumph–crossing the finish line in a startling 9.58 seconds.
“Yuh neva know Jamaicans nuh play / when yuh see that flag ya clear the way / Black, green, Usain get the gold / just bring back a silver to USA” Kartel rhymes on “Lightening Bolt,” incorporating Jamaica’s national colors and poking fun at the US’s second place finish at the World Championships.
Also known as “Di Teacha,’ Kartel’s superior lyrical skill and colorful verbage has been lauded among Dancehall afficianados. “Ramping Shop,” his fiesty duet with Dancehall deejay Spice, is currently bubbling on the Billboard Top 100 Hip Hop and R&B singles, jumping twenty notches since its debut to its current position at #76. A savy business man, Kartel owns the Vybz Rum and Daggering Condom brands, and heads the Portmore Empire. Based in his hometown, the Empire is Kartel’s stable of sizzling new Dancehall talent–including popular deejays Blak Ryno, Jah Vinci, Shawn Storm, and Popcaan– situated in an area of Portmore known as ‘Gaza’ in Jamaica’s parish of St. Catherine.