Tom Tavares-Finson, attorney for Vybz Kartel, says the incarcerated dancehall reggae artist has decided not to appeal his life sentence.
Vybz Kartel whose given name is Adijah Palmer is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams and must serve at least 35 years before becoming eligible for parole.
This week, the dancehall DJ decided he would not be appealing his sentence.
“My client heard a song from Mavado stating that, he Mavado is waiting on my client to be released from prison. My client thinks it is safer in prison than having to face the gully god,” the Jamaican attorney told 18 Karat Reggae. The song Vybz Kartel is referring to is a new one by Mavado called Brawla. In the song, Mavado says, “If yuh tink sey yuh bad, bombo hole mi deh a road a wait till yuh come out.”
It did not start or stop there however, Mavado also said the following:
After mi murda the son, tun mi gun pon did fada
Gully side deal with the pussy them like Israel do to Gaza
Vybz Kartel who was arrested in 2011 — was convicted on March 13th, 2014. Without an appeal he will not be eligible for parole until he is in his 70s.
The attorney was asked how anyone in his right mind could be afraid of lyrics, when lyrics are just words.
“He makes his own decision, based on his own analysis. He saw what Mavado did to Popcaan. Plus if he is released he might have to faceoff with Mavado on a live stage show and that has him petrified. He said he’s done 5 years and could do 30 years more then try his luck on betting paroled. He also said, that 30 years should be enough time for Mavado to run of these lethal lyrics he has been releasing in the last couple months,” he explained.
The attorney went on to say that if fans want to see Kartel free soon, they should beg Mavado to take it easy with the lyrical bombs he has been throwing.
This situation all started with a lyrical feud between Popcaan and Mavado. After Mavado mopped the floor with Popcaan, Vybz Kartel entered, maybe not realizing that Mavado had an arsenal of lyrics stored away.
So in less than 2 months, Mavado forced the son to wave the white flag and the father to abandon his appeal.