Last week, dance hall reggae star Vybz Kartel and three other men, were sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 murder of a fellow acquaintance. Judge Lennox Campbell ruled the entertainer must serve 35 years behind bars before he can be eligible for parole. At that point, the tattooed Jamaican deejay who has dominated the brash reggae-rap hybrid of dance hall for a decade would be 73. The 38-year-old Kartel and three accomplices of killing Clive “Lizard” Williams, who was beaten to death in August 2011 after a set up to trap him in Kartel’s house to answer for two missing guns. His body has never been found. Kartel is a major star in the dancehall genre . Over the years, he teamed up with international artists including Jay-Z, Rihanna and Busta Rhymes. Busta Rhymes traveled to Jamaica to attend the last day of Kartel’s trial as a show of support.
This trial lasted for 65 days; one of the longest in Jamaican history. The police mentioned they obtained a text from Kartel’s phone saying “Williams had been chopped up in a “mincemeat” so fine his remains would never be located.” Dozens of spectators flooded the streets outside the courthouse in support of the reggae superstar awaiting his sentencing. Once it was all said and done the town’s reaction was the opposite of thrilled. Kartel “ran the streets of Jamaica” so to speak, as residents would say. Therefore, when people heard of the bad news they had to put the victim’s fasmily under witness protection and everybody who was associated with the trail and arrest of Vybz was under heavy survallience as they were all threatened as well.
Although he has indeed been incarcerated since 2011, Kartel recorded numerous new songs from his cell using a smartphone and co-wrote a book about himself titled “The Voice of the Jamaica Ghetto.” He’s long been popular among young Jamaicans, especially those living in less fortunate enviroments.