The Gothic Dancehall artist has disclosed that he is still unable to travel to some places due to travel restrictions, which he believes have been laid on his career unfairly by persons in high places.
“Every time I try to travel, they treat me different, like I am some bomber,” he told media reporters in late July.
“When they run my passport, Vybz Kartel business come up and everything. They are acting like I am involved in certain things, and pure red lines come up on my documents at the airports. I don’t know who did it to my documents,” the deejay disclosed.
The former protege of Vybz Kartel noted that he has been forced to cancel several overseas engagements due to his travel issues.
Tommy Lee Sparta, who currently has a pile of legal issues, is currently awaiting trial for lottery scam.
In 2016, the “Target” deejay was named a person of interest by the Kingston Eastern police after a shooting on Saunders Avenue. Earlier this year, the St James police also named him a person of interest in events which took place in Flanker, Montego Bay.
Before that, the police banned Tommy Lee from performing on Reggae Sumfest 2015.
Meanwhile, due to visa issues, Popcaan, who is also a former protege of the “Worl Boss” deejay, was unable to travel to Georgia, Atlanta for Red Bull Culture Clash 2017, where he was slated to perform.
Just hours before the event, the “Stronger Now” deejay issued an announcement via social media that he will not be making his debut performance in the United States.
“It is with deep regret that we have to announce that Popcaan is unable to participate with Unruly at this year’s Red Bull Culture Clash in Atlanta,” the statement reads from his Instagram.
“Due to circumstances out of our control and despite everyone’s best efforts, travel documents were unable to be processed in time for the clash.”
While many Dancehall fans have speculated that Popcaan’s past affiliation with Vybz Kartel’s is also the root of his travel restrictions to the states.
However, the “World Cup” deejay has yet to make a public comment on the topic.
In 2016, Joshua Polacheck, counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Kingston, stated that several Jamaican artists “may well have been disqualified from getting US visas because of their involvement or association with criminality.”
“Many artistes, I am sorry to say, who are connected to Vybz Kartel… Many of the people that he worked with were not only musicians but were involved in the narcotics business,” Polacheck said.
However, Lloyd Stanbury, entertainment attorney and music business consultant, said Jamaican musicians are suffering from “poor representation.”
He trusts that once affected artistes have not been convicted of a crime, they have a good case to argue.
“They don’t have proper representation to appeal on their behalf. They need to set out a clear case that I am not affiliated with that person and my only prior affiliation was strictly business,” Stanbury expressed.
“They have no convictions, so if they have a good person to argue their case I don’t see why they shouldn’t get a permit. However, if you were convicted of a crime then I could see where you would be barred.”
According to the attorney, no Jamaican has a right to a US visa, therefore they may be denied at will.