Vybz Kartel has shut down rumors that he has halted new music releases until a verdict is reached in his appeal.
The incarcerated deejay’s official Instagram account on Wednesday rubbished an allegation published gossip websites that claims the Dancehall artist was halting new music.
Kartel’s team shared a snippet of his collaboration “Power of Love” with Lolaa Smiles. In another post, artist announced an upcoming collaboration with newcomer Sanchea.
A source close to Kartel told Hype Life Magazine that the imprisoned deejay is currently awaiting his appeal verdict, and as a result, he may avoid releasing controversial music.
“Vybz Kartel is now focusing on his appeal. Putting out new music with certain lyrics could easily be seen as controversial, and that might affect the judges’s decision in a negative way,” the source expressed.
“But that does not mean he will stop releasing songs entirely,” the source added.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, along with Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John and Kahira Jones, is waiting on the judges from the Court of Appeal to return a verdict.
Lawyers chimed in last month on Kartel’s appeal, saying that the verdict could take weeks or months to arrive. However, due to the public interest in the case, the verdict could be reached a bit faster than usual.
The defense lawyers believe that the sentence was “manifestly excessive”, and that the trial judge made errors which amounted to serious constitutional breaches.
Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. Outside of his appeal prospects, he will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years.
He is presently at the St Catherine District prison in Spanish Town.
Dancehall entertainers Kartel and Shawn Storm were convicted along with co-accused Kahira Jones and Andre St John. All four men received life sentences.
St John is to do 30 years before being considered for parole, while Jones and Campbell are to serve 25 years before they will be eligible for parole consideration.