Incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel has rubbished allegations of being beaten behind bars.
According to the self-proclaimed world boss, he is in high
spirits and is focused on the journey set before him courtesy of local
“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. Jail is undoubtedly, unquestionably the worst place to be on
called Earth, but as it relates to my encounters with the correctional
officers at the institution, I have no complaints,” he said in a letter
addressed to The STAR.
The artiste says he has received continued support from his
parents and his common-law wife and babymother during his tribulation;
however, he remains disappointed with some of his former musical
“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. I
do a lot of reading and writing and usually try to exercise.” he said.
His book, The Voice of The Jamaican Ghetto co-authored by
Michael Dawson of People’s Telecom fame, received favourable feedback in
places like Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Bulgaria, Chile and Amsterdam,
and recently spiralled a debate from literature enthusiasts about
whether it should be included in the CXC syllabus.
As a recording artiste, Vybz Kartel remains current and relevant
in the dancehall genre, receiving the Artiste of the Year awards for
both Youth View and Portmore Awards, respectively.
“I would like to thank all my fans who have been behind me in my
time of peril and unjust prosecution. 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,”
Kartel has been in custody since September 2011. He and his
co-accused are to return to the Home Circuit Court on May 27 when it is
expected that their trial will begin.
The artiste and accomplices are alleged to have murdered Clive
‘Lizard’ Williams at Vybz Kartel’s home in Havendale, St Andrew, on
August 16, 2011.