Being behind bars won't silence Vybz Kartel's outspoken views on the "injustice system of Jamaica." Kartel was acquitted in the death of 27-year-old promoter Barrington "Bossie" Burtona, yet remains incarcerated for the fatal beating of friend Clive "Lizzard" Williams. He said the numerous murder allegations (including a third, this time involving former road manager Patrick "Roach" Samuels) are bogus.
"The injustice system of Jamaica is trying to use me as a scapegoat for crime, so they're trying to build a case that doesn't exist," he told Boomshots.com via an email in response to trial delays that have kept him in custody for two years.
Kartel — who nicknamed his jail bid "the Kartel inquisition" — wrote that he's most affected by the separation from his family. "That's the most painful thing. Not seeing my family especially my kids."
Speaking of which, Kartel doesn't want kids to follow his lead in skin lightening, but will continue to practice if freed. "No I won't stop bleaching," he asserted. "It's my skin."
Earlier this week, the 37-year-old's record label released Kartel Forever: The Trilogy, a triple-disc effort comprised of old hits and other music recorded "before he was locked away," according to Tad Dawkins of Tads Records. "They were never released. So what the producers did, they just put new instruments and gave it a new mix, like the new kind of stuff that’s going on now," he explained.
In a press release promoting his album, Kartel assured fans that despite the incarceration he's "still up to the time."
Sharing his own optimism, Dawkins said he sees Kartel's legal issues as fuel. "He also thrives from controversy," Dawkins said. "He will take something and turn it around and twist it so he will look good. He loves controversy — like what's happening now with the police when they raided his cell. He’s getting so much press out of it you'd never believe it."
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