Vybz Kartel fans were ecstatic when news broke that the world boss was given the go ahead to appeal his murder conviction. The celebrations across social media was deafening. The “Free World” chants that used to accompany Kartel’s name were flipped to chants of “World boss free”.
Industry insiders are warning the Gaza fans, however, that an appeal does not mean that Kartel is free or will be free. “I can’t believe that in 2017 people don’t understand what an appeal means.” a popular insider who asked to remain anonymous told 18 Karat Reggae.
“The news that the appeal is moving forward is great news because a million steps begin with one but these idiots who are overdoing the celebrations need to calm down. The might get their hopes up only to have their hearts broken,” the anonymous source continued.
Dr Donna Hope, cultural analyst and senior lecturer at the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit, said the court’s decision is a good start for Kartel and his legal team. However, she explained that the step is but a small move in a lengthy appeal process.
“An appeal is a lengthy and costly process, and there are no guarantees,” she said. “It is time for the media to ensure that the public has good information about the way the system works so they do not have unrealistic expectations and go into a panic.”
Top notch selector, Foota Hype, did not mince his words in voicing his opinion that Vybz Kartel’s fans might be very street smart but not very educated.
“A lot of people don’t understand what an appeal is. It doesn’t mean you are free. It just means you are eligible for a retrial. Court talk and street talk a two different thing.”
As to whether or not he believes Kartel’s appealwould be successful, Foota Hype told a Jamaican tabloid that it is just a matter of wait and see.
“It’s not for me to think, enuh, because how the justice system works is they are going to base their arguments off evidence and what is in front of them,” Foota Hype told the Jamaican tabloid.