Incarcerated Reggae singer Buju Banton has penned an open letter to his fans, warning them of society’s ills while taking contemporary music to task, stating that it lacks substance.
Banton has reached out to fans, pleading with them “not be distracted by all the things that are taking place around them”.
In a statement published on Boomshots, the popular column in VIBE Magazine, Buju, 43, blasted modern music, describing it as “meaningless”.
“Tell my fans do not be distracted by all the things that are taking place around them because it is designed to throw them off kilter, to make moral decadence even more widespread than it already is, and plunge people into a state of darkness.”
“They’re trying to reverse the progress that we have made over the years through the music. And now the music is meaningless. It doesn’t stimulate, it doesn’t educate, it doesn’t reinvigorate. All it does is get you angry because it’s filled with nothing but narcissists exalting themselves over the earthly possessions that they have managed to get. They don’t even have anything—it’s crumbs.”
“And therefore, the music is suffering. The people are suffering. Sadness and gloom is prevailing. It’s widespread. But be patient. Because suffering may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
On 22 February 2011, Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense and using communication wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offense.
He was found not guilty on the charge of attempted possession of five kilograms or more of cocaine. Four months later, he was sentenced to ten years and one month in a federal prison for the cocaine trafficking conviction.
His sentencing on the firearms conviction was scheduled for 30 October 2012, but was postponed on his lawyer’s request for an investigation of possible juror misconduct. On 14 May 2015 federal prosecutors agreed to drop the firearms charges.
The Grammy-winning singjay is in the fifth of a 10-year sentence on drug-related offences.
He is serving time in a federal prison in Florida and is nearing the end of his sentence, which is scheduled for December 2018.
He has reportedly been pursuing a Master’s degree during his prison stay and has been seen performing for fellow inmates.
His last album, Before the Dawn won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2011.