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Ninjaman and his son, Jamiel, were found guilty of murder in the Home Circuit Court on Monday.

The dancehall legend, real name Desmond Ballentine, his Jamiel, and Dennis Clayton were found guilty by a seven-member jury who deliberated for three hours. According to the prosecution, the three men murdered 20-year-old Ricardo Johnson, aka Ricky Trooper, from Marl Road, Kingston 13 in March 2009. The three weeks trial was held in camera behind closed doors, which means the public or the media did not have access to the courtroom.

Ninjaman, 51, and his two co-accused are facing life imprisonment for the crime. He will be back before the judge next month for his sentencing hearing and is currently behind bars. During the month-long trial, the prosecution introduced seven witnesses including a man who is in witness protection who testified that the three men fired two shots at him but he ran for his life. He was the star witness for the prosecution who argued that on the day of the murder, the three men had an argument with Johnson who was sweeping a yard on Marl Road. The men then left the scene and returned a short while later with guns blazing.

Following an investigation, cops arrested Ninjaman and his co-accused. The dancehall deejay was granted a JM$2 million bail in 2012 following numerous delays in the trial. The case has seen 23 mentions in the court and 17 delays up until last month when a judged revoked the deejay’s bail and ordered the trial be concluded. The murder case was tried in a special court that deals with cases over five years old with Justice Martin Gayle presiding over the high profile case.

Ninjaman and his two co-accused have maintained their innocence and will likely appeal the conviction. He will likely be housed in the same Tower Street prison as Vybz Kartel.

Who is Ninjaman?

Ninjaman is one of the pioneers of hardcore dancehall music. The famed deejay was born in Annotto Bay, Jamaica, on January 20, 1966. He then moved to Kingston at the age of 12 and started deejaying at the age of 14 under the name “Double Ugly” while working with some local sound systems like Black Culture.

He changed his name in 1980 to Ninjaman and started deejaying on Killamanjaro sound system. That same year he released his debut single “Uglyman” and started being around artists like Early B and Super Cat who were established acts at the time. By the mid-1980s, Ninjaman started recording and producing himself and there he found his breakout hit “Protection” a song that features Courtney Melody. That song elevated his profile as a dancehall artist and from there he started working with producers like Ini Kamoze, Philip “Fatis” Burrell, Steely & Clevie, Bobby Digital, and King Jammy.

In the late 80s to early 90s, Ninjaman scored a number of hit songs and established himself as a clash artist thanks to his notorious clash with Supercat at Sting 1991. That clash is down in history as one of the most fierce lyrical battles in dancehall history.

 

Lyrics of Regalo – Karla Estrada

Minamasdan ang ilaw na patay sindi
Tulala sa harap ng krismas tree
Balewala ang ganda’t kinang
Kapag nag-iisa

Naririnig ka gandang mga tinig
Ng mga batang nagkakaroling
Ngunit kulang ang sayang
Dapat na nararamdaman

Ikaw sana, ngayong pasko’y kapiling
Nangangarap sabay tayong nilalamig
Walang ibang hinihiling ang puso ko
Sanay yakap mo ang regalo ko
Ngayong pasko

Hinahanap haplos mo sa aking pisngi
Sa lamig tuwing magsisimbang gabi
Kailan kaya muling mararamdaman
Ang pagmamahal

Ikaw sana, ngayong pasko’y kapiling
Nangangarap sabay tayong nilalamig
Walang ibang hinihiling ang puso ko
Sanay yakap mo ang regalo ko
Ngayong pasko

Ikaw sana, ngayong pasko’y kapiling
Nangangarap sabay tayong nilalamig
Walang ibang hinihiling ang puso ko
Sanay yakap mo, sanay yakap mo

Ang regalo ko ngayong pasko


Ninjaman has shared his reaction to his murder conviction on Monday.

The guilty verdict sent shock waves throughout the dancehall community as another well known figure in the genre is staring down a life imprisonment sentence. “A suh it go, man,” Ninjaman told reporters as he was leaving the Supreme Court on Monday. The dancehall deejay was escorted back to jail by a heavy contingent of police personnel.

“Don’t f*** with me Jamaica, I’ll be back!” the deejay added. Ninjaman, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Janiel, and Dennis Clayton, were all found guilty of the murder of 20-year-old Ricardo Johnson, who was shot and killed on Marl Road, Kingston 13, in March 2009. Another man managed to escape the gunfire and has now returned to testify in the murder case. He was placed in the witness protection program for his safety.

Sources close to the dancehall legend told Dancehall HipHop that he plans to appeal the conviction. “The Gorgon (Ninjaman) ago appeal this injustice,” sources said. “They have this case hanging over the man head for almost ten years and now they want to send him to prison for a crime he never did.”

Appeal in Jamaica can take up to five years to get a mention in the Court of Appeal. His attorney, Valerie Neita Robertosn, did not comment on the case.

 


Atlanta rapper Bambino Gold’s body was found in Alabama two weeks after he went missing.

The news sent shock waves in the local Atlanta hip hop community. On November 7, Bambino, whose real name is Edward Reeves, and his cousin Kendrick Stokes were reported missing and cops launched an investigation into their disappearance. Sadly, over the weekend, both men bodies were found just miles apart in Alabama, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Details surrounding the incident is still sketchy, but cops are treating their death as a homicide.

Bambino Gold and Kendrick Stokes bodies were found in a wooded area in Macon County, just 40 miles east of Montgomery, Alabama. The first body was found off County Road 13 and the second body was discovered off Highway 80, just four miles from where the first body was discovered. The two men were last seen driving a white 2016 Honda CR-V with Georgia license plates on their way to Alabama. Know one knows what happened to them after they left Georgia, but it appears that they were kidnapped and killed.

Family members told police that they have been unable to reach the rapper and his cousin since November 7th. Cops are pleading with anyone with information to come forward.

Artist manager Migo, who managed Rae Sremmurd, took to Instagram to plead with the public for help solving the crime. “No matter what’s going on in the streets nobody deserves to be taken from their family,” Migo wrote. “We have to figure out how to resolve conflicts/problems without taking someone’s life. I been knowing @bambinogoldgpt since he was like 16 it’s sad to see this. We got to do better. We want everyone else to to do better for us but we can’t do right in our own community. RIP.”

No matter what’s going on in the streets nobody deserves to be taken from their family. We have to figure out how to resolve conflicts/problems without taking someone’s life. I been knowing @bambinogoldgpt since he was like 16 it’s sad to see this. We got to do better. We want everyone else to to do better for us but we can’t do right in our own community. RIP ????

A post shared by Migo ? (@migotheplug) on Nov 18, 2017 at 10:55am PST

 


Tommy Lee Sparta found the “Antidote” for your stress and problems.

The Guzu Musiq deejay teams with Damage Musiq, the producer, for his new single “Antidote.” The new track comes just a few days after his social media spate with rival dancehall deejay Alkaline. “Sparta no play / Poverty run gone quickly / Stress affi run gone with it / Mi feel rich fresh plane pon the hip strip / All yo girlfriend waan come with me / Right now mi have a cure fi them / Fi tek weh yo problems,” Tommy Lee deejay.

This month alone, Tommy Lee Sparta released four new singles and two music videos. Last weekend, he and Alkaline got into a heated exchanged on Instagram as their beef deepens. The two have been beefing since the start of the year and things seems like its just heating up.