In 2016, while in prison, Kartel released his most internationally successful album, King Of The Dancehall which peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Reggae Charts.
The album included the single "Fever" which topped various local music charts and became his most successful on streaming websites., Popcaan has collaborated with a number of international artists, most notably Drake, Jamie XX, Pusha T, Giggs and Gorillaz.
By 2002 he was in very high demand for stage shows and dub plates for sound system locally and internationally.
In that same year at the Stone love 30th Anniversary he was crowned deejay of the year.
However, Kartel's brand was intended for the purpose of skin lightening/ bleaching.His education take a hit when he was expelled from Calabar High School due to differences between him a teacher but this did not stop him.He was then enrolled at a private school where he was successful in passing (4) four CXC subjects. Addi like most artiste started performing on local sound system in his area. He usually listens to music on his family component set and he would record words of songs from artiste such as "Ninja Man" and "Sam Cooke".He would then perform these same songs at locally held stage shows in his area.Di Nasty’s -Duet Mixtape- is an original idea and as its title explains it includes a ping pong of tunes between Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim and since Vybz Kartel is currently incacerated and Gaza Slim goes by her other name of Vanessa Bling right now, broadcasting her softest side in gospels, this mixtape is already legendary! Check Di Nasty's “Duet Mixtape” (Vybz Kartel & Gaza Slim ) 01. He recorded his first single in 1993 when he was in his late teen titled "Love Fat Woman" on the "One Heart Label.He got his name after watching a movie with 2 of his friend about the famous drugs cartel "Pablo Escobar".He then did a number of collaborations such as "Gal Clown" and "Girls Like Mine" with Bounty which were instant hits with the local dancehall audience.This led to him doing more collabs with other members of the Alliance and a household name in Jamaica.