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(Billboard) — Vybz Kartel (born Adidja Palmer), 35, is arguably Jamaica’s most popular dancehall reggae artist but his greatest skill may be his knack for spinning his controversy-fueled stardom into several prosperous businesses including a rum brand, a line of footwear and even condoms. Now, with an acrimonious break from his primary business partner, just weeks prior to the June 21st release of his latest album “Kingston Story” on Brooklyn based hip hop-electro producer Dre Skull’s Mixpak Records, can Kartel’s Gaza Empire remain in tact?  On May 23 Corey Todd, an American living in Kingston and Kartel’s partner in Unlimited Daggering, the company that owns and distributes Street Vybz Rum (which commands 1-2% of Jamaica’s $65 million annual island-wide rum sales, according to a spokesperson for National Rums of Jamaica), announced the demise of their three-year old association, alleging Kartel had threatened his life.

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