BY: JODEE BROWN
Though embattled Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel may be experiencing several downfalls as he awaits trial or separate murder charges but his long-time business partner continues to ensure that the deejay’s brand will continue to upgrade.
American entrepreneur, Corey Todd reunited with Vybz Kartel this past May after several months of communication. The prominent public figures had been at odds since severingbusiness ties in May 2011 due to alleged threats that Kartel made towards Todd. However, a year following their split and Todd’s experimentation with music management, the American businessman has once again joined forces with Vybz Kartel as they aim to introduce several new products and also seek to re-invigorate the popular Street Vybz Rumbrand.
Speaking publicly for the first time since their reunion, Todd promised big things resulting from his renewed partnership with the self-professed ‘Worl’ Boss.’
“Some things were said and we just squashed it because at the end of the day, we both know that the two of us have done things in Jamaica that nobody has ever seen, so Round 2 very soon.”
Due to Kartel’s current legal situation, ensuring that this partnership flourishes could take much more work than ever before. However, Todd emphatically believes that the formerPortmore Empire leader will beat his murder cases and emerge as a more popular entity.
“He is going to beat this…don’t believe everything you hear, he is going to beat it, and when he comes out he is going to be the biggest thing Jamaica has ever seen,” Todd said.
“Vybz Kartel is still the hottest thing. You have artists from all over the world calling me. Some big hip-hop artists want to fly to Jamaica and meet with the lawyer…it’s going to be some big things when he comes out. It’s sad the situation has happened but when he beat it he is going to be bigger than he was.”
Meanwhile, Todd also spoke to rampant speculation that Vybz Kartel has been recording music from behind bars. According to the American business owner, Kartel owns lots of unrecorded material that he’s been unveiling to the public while behind bars.
“Kartel has a ton of unreleased music. He had this mini-recorder that, when he used to get an idea, he’d sing it….We don’t really wanna release it because the quality is not good but it will be released because he’s not gonna let go of the streets,” he intimated.
On Tommy Lee, Todd said “He has an original sound and he has the machine…the machine is powerful.”
Regarding Popcaan, Todd hopes that the Ravin’ deejay and his long-time mentor will resolve whatever issues exist between the two.
“Whatever’s there, I hope that it works out,” he said. “I understand both sides of the story but things happen.”