The recent controversy around Vybz Kartel on whether or not he has been illegally recording music while incarcerated has forced the Ministry of National Security to take some drastic measures that are not in Kartel’s favor.
Some of the new measures the Ministry of National Security is taking include stamping out the smuggling of cell phones and other contrabands into prisons. It also states that it will clarify the conditions under which music is recorded by inmates in maximum security facilities. Artists who are currently going through an appeal process will not be allowed to record. While Kartel’s appeal has not been officially filed, his attorney made public last month that everything was ready and it would be just a matter of weeks before it is filed.
The Ministry of National Security also went through evidence to try and prove if Kartel has been recording from behind bars. 18 Karat Reggae was told that evidence they looked at includes a video of American movie producer, Nick Cannon, revealing that he got new music from Kartel while he was behind bars.
When asked if Kartel was recording from prison, Nick Cannon responded, “Yes, I am not gonna reveal how he gets it done, but he gets it done.”
As part of the investigation, four officers of the Department of Correctional Services were arrested and are now before the courts on charges pertaining to corruptive dealings with inmates, while other officers have been removed for alleged unprofessional conduct.
Despite their actions including the firing and arresting of officers, the Ministry of National Security did not reveal if the evidence they looked at proved that Vybz Kartel was recording from prison and if so, how was he doing it.
People have had all kind of different speculations on how they believe Kartel was pulling off recording new songs from behind bars. These speculations range from using cell phones smuggled into the prison, homemade studio within the prison, accessing the prisons studio and the wildest speculation of all; some believe the world boss is being escorted out of the prison at nights and taken to a recording studio.
Regardless of how Kartel was recording his songs, the spotlight that was shined on his doings by Lisa Hanna and Prime Minister Andrew Holness has now put Vybz Kartel’s prison behavior under a microscope. This means if the world boss was really recording in prison as is alleged, it will now be extremely more difficult for him to continue doing so.
Vybz Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.