The student might not have surpassed the teacher in the quantity and quality of songs been released but Tommy Lee Sparta has far bypassed his former mentor, Vybz Kartel, when it comes to riches.
While Vybz Kartel has spent millions on lawyer in the Jamaican courts, Lawyers for Tommy Lee Sparta has won him millions in the Dominican court and plans to win more in a Jamaican court.
The Sparta artist received a very large cash settlement from the Dominican Government. The cash settlement was a result of Tommy Lee being wrongfully deported from the country back in 2014 while he was there to perform on a show. Now Tommy Lee is getting ready to sue the Jamaican government for falsely charging him for lotto scamming.
In an interview with Mutabaruka, it was revealed that the Dominican Governemnt paid Tommy Lee somewhere in the ballpark of $3 million USD.
“Mi nah bait yuh up, man, but how much of the US$3 million yuh a get from the Dominican government?,” Mutabaruka asked.
Tommy Lee did not want to divulge all the information but did say he would be getting a lot of money.
“Mi a get a lot cash, man. Everybody weh pressure mi haffi pay mi, enuh, Muta. Nuh badda feel like dem a go pressure mi just suh. Mi a go mek yuh swim inna some money man and walk pon some money,” Tommy Lee Sparta said.
The controversial deejay was denied entry by Dominican officials in February 2014 after arriving in the island in a private jet along with his then manager, Heavy D. The deejay then responded with a US$3 million lawsuit, arguing that his rights were infringed based on the Treaty of Chaguaramas, which governs CARICOM member states. The treaty says that member states should commit themselves to the goal of free movement of their nationals within the community
If Tommy Lee wins his lawsuit against the Jamaican Government then it can be expected that Vybz Kartel will also sue the government when he is released.
Vybz Kartel is serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. He filed an appeal in July of last year and his currently waiting on the verdict.