A Stage Show In Prison? Tommy Lee Sparta Joins Vybz Kartel, Ninjaman Behind Bars

Tommy Lee Sparta joins a handful of incarcerated dancehall stars in prison, including Vybz Kartel and Ninjaman.

Tommy Lee Sparta‘s day of reckoning is finally here, and as the law would have it, the “Blessings” deejay has been hit with a 3-year sentence behind bars. The seriousness of the situation, which will see the deejay not being able to spend time with his family, has seemingly been lost on Jamaican Twitter, who have been pumping out clever memes to address how they feel about the situation the Sparta Boss and other local entertainers have found themselves in.

One Twitter user joked that the proclaimed King Of The Dancehall Vybz Kartel had called Court. As such, the likes of Laden, past members of Portmore Empire Tommy Lee Sparta and Shawn Storm, and one-time sparring partner Ninjaman, have all found themselves in the big house(prison).

“Kartel file fi everybody,” came the hilarious tweet. “Sting can keep a prison this Christmas,” came another clever suggestion.

Kartel file fi everybody

— Yan (@OVOChynn) March 24, 2021

Sting, which is considered the Greatest One Night Show On Earth, built its reputation on the back of high-profile clashes against the hottest acts in Jamaica.

Ninjaman has dominated the Sting stage for many years, leaving lesser opponents gasping for air and lyrics. A Vybz Kartel vs Ninjaman battle would definitely turn heads, and with both men more mature, the fist thumping of 2004 Sting should be a thing of the past. Vybz Kartel is also pretty famous for his Sting 2008 battle against Mavado. With the Gully Gad spending much time in the States, it would be left to his son Dante Brooks to relive the legacy, especially with a life sentencing to consider.

Kartel was the first to be incarcerated for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. His trial of 65 days is said to have been the longest in Jamaica’s history. In 2014, the popular and beloved artiste was sentenced to life in prison.

Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel is still making music to this day, releasing albums such as To Tanesha, Dancehall Royalty, X-rated, Of Dons & Divas, as well as a slew of singles and music videos. Since his incarceration in 2011, Kartel has shown no signs of slowing down and is still perhaps the most consistent dancehall artiste when it comes to releasing new music.

Not only did he released several albums, but also hundreds of singles, both solo and collaborative efforts with a plethora of local and overseas artists. Let’s not forget that he also released a book.

Shawn Storm

Shawn Campbell, famously known as Shawn Storm, is considered Vybz Kartel’s right hand. He was sentenced in the same murder trial to 25 years which was later reduced to 22 years and 6 months.

Shawn Storm is known for his songs such as “My Life” and “Loyalty,” which would definitely be sing alongs if he was to grace to Live From Prison version of Sting.

Ninjaman

The great Desmond Ballentine, famously known as Ninja Man, followed suit in 2017. He was found guilty of the murder of Ricardo Johnson and was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Dancehall artiste Laden was sentenced to four years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm and 18 months for illegal possession of ammunition. The sentences will run concurrently. His  popular tracks include “Time to Shine,” “Me Same One,” and “Really Like You.”

Tommy Lee Sparta

Tommy Lee Sparta has been in and out of police custody a number of times. He recently pleaded guilty to the offenses of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, for which he was sentenced. He was found with a firearm along Holborn Road, New Kingston, last December and was subsequently arrested and charged.

The Montego Bay deejay was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of an illegal firearm. His attorney Donahue Martin says his sentence was drastically reduced because he pled guilty and had no prior conviction.

Rytikal – case pending.

Rytikal, another promising entertainer, appeared before the gun court to answer charges of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. His place on this hypothetical version of Sting still hangs in the balance. Yesterday he was offered a 1 million dollar bail and will go to trial on April 28.

“Prison Splash line up is looking outstanding,” concluded another fan on Twitter.

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Tarrus Riley Calls For End To Gun Violence In “Graveyard” Video

Tarrus Riley plea for an end to gun violence in his powerful new single “Graveyard.”

The reggae crooner is notorious for his lovers rock single but for this track he switch things up while singing over Rvssian’s Cremlin riddim. The dancehall also features appearances from Vybz Kartel, Chan Dizzy, Shawn Storm, and Kalash. “Better yo love life, better yo live right, low the gang and the crew and go find a nice wife, badness a no nice life a no nothing fi we highlight funeral nine night, graveyard,” Riley sings.

The cut starts out with some footage of fishermen coming in from the sea in Morant Bay with their catch, but fish was not the only thing they brought back from the sea. One of the men went back to the boat and took up a high powered gun stash into the side of the vessel.

Tarrus Riley sings the lyrics from an abandon home while footage shows a man with the same gun in his hand running from someone before his bullet riddled body lay lifeless on a gully bank. The power single is accompanied by an equally powerful video, watch it below.

Watch Shawn Storm “Full Clip Load” Animated Video (Alkaline Diss)


Shawn Storm released an animated video for his gritty Alkaline diss track “Full Clip Load.”

The clip starts out with Shawn Storm escaping from prison before going on a crime spree that ended with his rescuing Vybz Kartel from prison. In the song, Kartel protege diss all of the Gaza enemies starting with Alkaline and move down the line to Aidonia’s J.O.P., Busy Signal, Mavado, and Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor. “Everybody mi ago kill everybody / all tha one deh weh sound like Addi,” he deejay.

Shawn Storm has always been loyal to Vybz Kartel and was even convicted for the same murder that the Gaza boss is serving life for. Storm will be eligible for parole in 25 years. Both artists, as well as, the other two men convicted for the crime will have their first appeal court hearing in February next year. All four men have maintained their innocence.

Vybz Kartel Protege Shawn Storm Going After Alkaline On New Track

Vybz Kartel‘s most loyal protege, Shawn Storm, is dropping a new single where he will go after Alkaline.

Back in June, Shawn Storm stunned dancehall when he released a scathing diss track aimed at Popcaan. The was clearly recorded recently since it sampled Nicki Minaj new Remy Ma diss track “No Frauds.” Now the incarcerated Gaza deejay is turning his attention to Alkaline who happens to be also on Kartel’s radar.

A preview of the song popped up on social media this week and a few of the lines clearly are aimed at the Vendetta leader. “Everybody mi ago kill everybody / All dah one deh weh sound like addi mad? / Everything wa the boss do you want fi do,” Shawn Storm deejay. Gazanation sources are saying that a animated music video will accompany the song sometime this month. The song is tentatively titled “Full Clip Load.”

Shawn Storm has been slowly dropping new music on the scene and just last month he released a new collaborative track “Affi Prosper” with Konshens. Storm, whose real name is Shawn Campbell, is currently serving a life sentence for the same murder conviction as Vybz Kartel. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

Vybz Kartel Affiliate Sikka Rymes Defends Friendship With Controversial Deejay

Vybz Kartel can be toxic to some artists who are affiliated with him currently or in the past and Sikka Rymes is learning about that now.

Last month, Tommy Lee Sparta spoke about the hardship he has been facing with his career due to his past affiliation with Vybz Kartel. Now Sikka Rymes is getting some bad press all because a photo of himself and Kartel surfaced online recently. The pic was taken during a recent family visit at the GP prison where inmates family and friends got a chance to spend the day with them behind bars.

“We reside in the same community, and as a young artiste I got introduced to him by my cousin, Shawn Storm,” Sikka Rymes said. “At the moment, I’m not signed to any labels under the Gaza brand, but my label, which is Sikk Records, is all about the Gaza movement and maintaining it. The affiliation with the deejay will bring me under the microscopes, yes, but I’m not worried about that.”

Sikka Rymes who is cousin with Vybz Kartel’s protege Shawn Storm who is also currently serving a life sentence for said murder case Kartel was convicted for. Rymes says that if it was up to him alone he would have kept his friendship with the Gazanation leader prison, but with social media these days nothing is kept private.

Double K Riding Vybz Kartel Wave on “So She Stay”

These days when a new artist want a big break they try to snag a Vybz Kartel collaboration.

The dancehall singjay Double K is featured on a new collaboration with Vybz Kartel, Shenseea, Shawn Storm, and Wykel titled “So She Stay.” The single was produced by True Blue Family and has been getting a lot of attention inside the dancehall space since making its debut a month ago.

“The song a gwaan wicked in the dance and wherever it play,” Double K said. “It tackles relationship issues between a man and a woman, and we bring it across in a way in which almost every adult can relate. So far, it just a mash up the place.”

Double K, who is another talented new female dancehall, has been pushing the single along with another solo effort titled “Transformer.” The later single also spawned the popular new Transformer dance move. The dancehall singer/deejay, whose real name is Kelisha Green, has been penning and recording music since 2006. She is currently working on her debut album.

Are Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm Working On New Music

Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm are reportedly working on some new music with TJ Records.

Kartel’s protege recently received a buzz in the dancehall space thanks to a gritty new single “No Frauds” that is being promoted as a Popcaan diss record. Gaza sources have confirmed with Dancehall HipHop that the two deejays, who are currently serving time for murder, are planning to drop a collaborative project. The project will be either a mixtape or full-length album feature the two deejays and produced by Kartel’s longtime producer TJ.

“This project been in the pipeline for a while and both of them (Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm) feels the time is now right,” sources said. “TJ Records has a lot of previously recorded material from both Kartel and Shawn Storm like hit-worthy material so they have been quietly working on the project for a while.” Our sources told us that this is an effort to keep the Gazantion fans happy and keep the careers of both artists relevant in dancehall.

Shawn Storm has been very loyal to Vybz Kartel and even rejected a plea deal from the prosecution in their high-profile murder trial to testify against Kartel. This could be seen as a reward for his loyalty since Vybz Kartel already have albums in the works and has been keeping himself relevant since his incarceration in 2011.