The controversial entertainer, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, has been the subject of rumors once more after reports emerged months ago that he was stabbed and beaten in jail during an altercation.
Kartel’s business associate and the author of his Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto book, Michael Dawson quickly squashed the speculation.
Kartel himself addressed the rumors in a letter addressed to the public.
“I want the fans to know that I am physically okay. I have never been stabbed, kicked, punched or beaten and I did not try to commit suicide,” he confirmed in the letter. “Jail is undoubtedly, unquestionably the worst place to be on this planet called Earth, but as it relates to my encounters with the correctional officers at the institution, I have no complaints.”
The deejay also says he has received continued support from family and fans behind bars.
However, he is unimpressed with highly-touted protégés, Popcaan and Tommy Lee Sparta as he claims to have been abandoned by the fellow ‘Gaza’ deejays, as neither have reportedly visited him behind bars.
“Despite being denied bail recently, and being betrayed by Popcaan and Tommy Lee whilst going through the darkest hour of my existence, I am unparalleled in my determination to remain positive,” Kartel said.
“I do a lot of reading and writing and usually try to exercise.”
He also issued a message for his fans who have been clamoring for his release from jail since his initial arrest in September 2011.
“I would like to thank all my fans who have been behind me in my time of peril and unjust prosecution,” he said. “Thanks for your continued support of my music, making me the recipient of Youth View’s Deejay of the years 2011 and 2012 as well as Portmore Awards 2012, plus voting countless songs to the number-one spot on the reggae/dancehall charts worldwide.”
In the meantime, Kartel continues to be relevant on the local Dancehall scene with the release of new singles.
Additionally, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, continues to receive favorable feedback across Europe, South America and Asia, with Jamaican literature enthusiasts recently discussing the prospect of his book being introduced to the CXC syllabus.
The deejay was sentenced for the murder killing of St. Catherine-based dancer, Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, his protege Shawn “Storm” Campbell, and close friends Andre St John and Kahira Jones were all convicted of murdering Clive “Lizard” Williams.
They were found guilty of the same crime, are appealing the conviction.
All four men are serving life sentences with eligibility of parole in three decades.