Was Vybz Kartel recording music in prison without permission?
If yes, then those days for the incarcerated superstar are over.
The Jamaican government has declared that the island’s prison system has tightened up their security so that prisoners will no longer be able to illegally record music behind bars.
National Security Minister, Robert Montague, in Parliament on Wednesday (April 26), revealed that the Department of Correctional Services has completely cracked down on the recording of songs illegally.
This announcement comes several months after claims surfaced that Vybz Kartel has been illegally recording in prison.
The “Worl Boss” deejay was transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in November of last year over the same concerns.
While it’s widely believed that Kartel has been recording songs while in prison without permission, no evidence had emerged to confirm the suspicion.
Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter revealed last month that a then ongoing investigation was being continued, to determine the truth of the matter, and promises that the findings will be made public.
Jamaican politician Lisa Hanna has also commented on the controversy stating that Kartel’s music should be banned from the airwaves because he is a convicted felon.
New tracks from the “Fever” deejay have continued to be released despite being locked up since 2011, and Jamaicans have long speculated about whether the artist has been recording music while imprisoned.
However, Vybz Kartel has denied the allegations saying that he has not been recording music in prison and insists that the new releases are sets of a massive deposit of unreleased vocal material left behind before his arrest.
“I’ve always been a prolific songwriter, and I record at breakneck speed as well, so I have a lot of surplus material to choose from,” Kartel told Rolling Stone.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was sentenced on April 3, 2014 to life imprisonment for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
The “Real Youth” deejay was ordered to serve 35 years in prison, with hard labour, before he becomes eligible for parole.