Vybz Kartel Got Hair Extensions, Looks Weirder Than Ever

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In March, Vybz Kartel presented a lecture entitled “Pretty Like a Colouring Book: My Life and My Art” to an audience of students and spectators at the University of the West Indies’ Kingston campus. He was invited to do so by Jamaican author Carolyn Cooper, who heads the department of Literary and Cultural Studies at UWI, where she teaches a course called Reggae Poetry. Cooper arranged the appearance after sharing a lengthy email exchange with Kartel about how her students were impacted by his choice to bleach his skin. In his lecture, Kartel claimed pride in his race and the freedom for all to, “do whatever we want in regard to style.”

Yesterday, Kartel continued to exercise his will-to-design, appearing in an event’s promo video with a mop of shoulder length hair extensions. YouTube commenters suggest the new hair’s a statement against macho, homophobic imagery in dancehall culture. Or it’s a grab for press and attention, evidence of a deep-seated desire to be talked about. At UWI Kartel defended his much-publicized body augmentations as deliberate, considered acts. “Everything is precisely orchestrated and executed in a specific way to achieve a desired result. I am conscious of everything that I do, because I decided to make my life pretty like a coloring book.” But what’s the end he’s seeking, exactly, and what’s its appeal?

POSTED May 12, 2011 6:40PM IN MUSIC NEWS Comments (35) TAGS: ,

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  1. rap_dot_com says:

    Vybz Kartel pulling a forced MJ…..

  2. tough guy says:

    vybz k arshit like uh bullin ah wat uh preachin 1 thing an doin somethig esle………….. uh playin number 2

  3. tommy says:

    Or self expression in the face of criticism?

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  5. yeaaaaaaaaaaaah that sh*t’s totally uncool. I think coupled with his skin bleaching, the hair is him wanting validation, as well as a clear desire to distance himself from his natural aesthetic features. It’s kinda sad, and makes me a little sick to my stomach.

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  7. eze says:

    kartel u is a perfect fag now

  8. taylor says:

    y him change up him luks an hw him grow hair suh fast!!!!!! a mus bosley club him go join!!!! a nw him luk like freak!!!! jop mi seh!!!

  9. angel says:

    Vybz kartel has some nice lyrics but what next maybe. We might see him in a gay porn

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  11. gaza kid says:

    mi boss u a gwaan mi naah lie gaza mi seh

  12. strike_a_poseur says:

    I don’t have enough time to get into how deep this issue goes. All I can say is bleach is not the answer.

  13. slim says:

    Mi no rate u again u make me sick

  14. Vybz is a PUSSY says:

    FAGGOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. used 2b a kartel big fan says:

    y r u doing this to ur self kartel? wat is really going on? i missed the kartel i grew up on not the new one i’m seein… watever it is thats making u do this things, plz stop it ok

  16. scraggyD says:

    I na go lie but I feel kartel has sold his soul to the devil ..jus like most hiphop and rnb singers..kartel bleaching is not an ordinary kinda bleaching..the boss skin look clean..n he don’t need umberlla or no special covering from the sun..n he not telling nybody how he get so..

  17. KillaRas says:

    Batty boy! Ah dem a batty!

  18. D.monsta says:

    Kartel need fo stop drinkin vybz rum….. Looks like dat shit got some fucked up side effects.lmao

  19. BoboSaif says:

    Yuh Vyb k,yo jos ah Chichiman.Yuh haffi get ah beatin 4m da almyty i 4 dirtenin yuh skien.Kick vybz outa we yard.

  20. slim progaz says:

    vybz u’re a rill bombohhh!!

  21. slim progaz says:

    vybz u’re a rill bombohhh!!mie cnt bliev mie used 2 lyk u lyk no man’s shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. supa doze says:

    pussy hole go talk, just do your ting de mus listen to de music cuz we ar de dance hall hero

  23. Edduh says:

    A tru fih seh, mih kiant stop fih lissen to Kartel hits nuh muh whoe ppl seh bout kartel, 1 ting mih seh tuh de teacher, mih lov yuh original styl, cake soap nuh do yuh a big tim, pon weive, haffi keep hair whoe almight put pon yuh, Gaza fih life.

  24. Fiyah fi Vybes says:

    Vybes yuh gone bad now….not even prayer cant help yuh a fuck…used to b yuh largest fan but mi dun wit u now

  25. GazaWhiteAngel says:

    Kartel and popcaan iz d best singer’s inna d caribbean soooooo me nah care wah d fuck anybody seh ….. iz gaza all d way and i dont care about kartel’s apperance bcuz ppl can change and its better tuh change rather dan stayin d same fucking old way …….. awo!!!!!! ah gaza mi seh fi eva

  26. JAGONE says:

    KARTEL IS A FREAK FROM YRS NOW HIM PARR WITH THE MOST BATTY MAN IN MONTEGO BAY. PLUS HIM HAVE JEFFREY HYPE NAM TATTOOO ON HIS BODY AS WELL AS JEFFREY HAS KARTEL NAME ON HIM NECK WITH A CHERRY; MI A LAUGH WHEN ME SEE THE BLEACH OUT FACE AND THE QUICK WEIVE IN HIM HAIR BUT THAT DONT SURPRIZE MI.GAZA KIM INFORM THAT KARTEL HAVE BATTY MAN FREN THAT WHY HIM BEAT THE GAL.AND RYNO DONT WANT KARTEL DAGGER HIM SO HIM LEFT. MI USE TO CHILL AMOUNG THEM SO MI KNOW WANT A GWANN VYBZ KARTEL A FREAK ((((jop)))) MI SAY

  27. Nyikew mark omot says:

    Is like vybz challeging God b coz of da bletch

  28. Nikki says:

    I think he looks better. We all as black people straighten our hair and wear hair weave. Few of us walk around with our natural look. So shut up and leave him alone.

  29. GAZA GIRL says:

    yall ppl need to leave kartel alone once de music good i wil always love him….yall need to mind yall fucking business…its his life to do as he please….so all i hav to say is gaza 4 life an big up to all kartel fan especially if Ramping Shop is ur favourite song….Gaza 4 life!!!!!!ahhwoooa

  30. McCharming4u2 says:

    Wel dat nuh nyc weh yuh a do deh Kartel bou stil if onnou go buss tune lyk di Ramping Shop wah mi a go say? Lef di Kartel alone as lung as him stil gii wi tune.

  31. gaza youth says:

    vybz kartel is a boss and i like him because of his music so if you dont like him then f**k offand leave him alone once he singing tune to lock off the club im ok.

  32. G-ma says:

    Everybody need to leave Kartel alone. We all know he’s very talented and his songs sell off. I don’t know why he wants to do these crazy looks but we should show him love not hatred. I love you, Kartel, but you look SO much better natural.

  33. SPICE LIFE says:

    GAZA THUG or GAZA HOMO ????????