Beenie Man Discusses Alleged Government Corruption in Jamaica

King of Dancehall says that artists are being profiled on the island.

"When you come from where I am coming from and to be where I am at right now, you have to move carefully," Beenie Man proclaims.

In an recent sit down with, the "King of Dancehall" gave insight on the alleged corruption going on within the Jamaican government, an issue that was brought to light last year with the incarceration of fellow Jamaica-bred artist Vybz Kartel.

"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," Vybz wrote via an email to Boomshots. He's currently fighting a life sentence, which he calls "The Kartel Inquisition."

"I think the government profiles the artists," Beenie added, explaining that government officials are not too happy about how artists have been flaunting their money on the island.

With artists having houses next to high officials, animosity has been rising, Beenie continued. Your average policeman in Jamaica actually enjoys turnin’ up with artists and benefits from hanging out with the celebs, but "barking your tongue in the wrong streets" can land you in jail, he said.

Watch the full interview below to see what else Beenie Man has to say about life in Jamaica.

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