Vybz Kartel, the self-proclaimed world boss, continues to prove that even if he exaggerates the “world” part a bit, he is definitely the “boss” of dancehall, even if it is from behind bars. Vybz Kartel continues to release more hit songs than any other reggae dancehall artist.
While new songs from Vybz Kartel is bring joy to his gaza fans, many in Jamaica are irate and furious that a convicted murderer is being allowed to record so much music from behind prison bars.
The following is a letter from a concerned citizen of Jamaica to the Jamaican commissioner of police:
Dear Mr. Commissioner;
I am amazed and dumbfounded when I hear, see or read about a new release from dancehall reggae artist Vybz Kartel.
He is supposed to be detained, and has been so now for around four years. So imagine my bewilderment when I hear a disc jock announce that he has a new song by the ‘Teacha’ to premiere!
I want to ask the Police Commissioner a few questions.
First, I would like to know if when one is in serving a life sentence for murder, is he allowed to be working on what he did prior to losing his freedom?
Is Vybz Kartel allowed to go to the studios in the days and make music before being ushered back to his prison cell in the evenings?
Mr Commissioner, have you investigated the matter to ensure that this is not the practice?
It could be that he records over the phone from his lock-up. If this is so, is Vybz Kartel being allowed to use a phone to make recordings from behind bars? Is this standard procedure for ‘guests’ of the Government locked up in prison to have their own phones? Or are they allowed access to phones to call studios/producers to do recordings?
Mr Commissioner, you need to do a thorough investigation into the matter, as I believe that Vybz Kartel is releasing more songs weekly while in prison than when he was a free man.
Some may say these were recordings that were done before his detention, but if this were so, why are they only being released now? Why are they on the latest riddims and the lyrics talk about the latest topics and slangs?
I await your answers, Mr Commissioner.
Hate him or love him, Vybz Kartel is one of the best talent dancehall reggae has ever known. He has created a dominant space in dancehall for himself and even when locked behind bars, no one can move him out of his space.