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Could 2018 be the year that both Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton gets released from prison?

Reggae/dancehall fans have been crying for their freedom, but will their cries be heard this year? We know for sure that at least one of the two Jamaican music icons will be released this year. Buju Banton release date is set for November this year after getting a few months reprieve in his 10-year sentence. On the other hand, Vybz Kartel appeal trial is set for July of this year and his legal team is pulling all the stops for a breakthrough in the controversial murder case. This will be the last chance that they have to prove his innocence.

Unlike Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton has already served his full sentence and has exhausted all of his legal options after losing several appeals. The Grammy-winning reggae singer was convicted on three counts of drug trafficking charges in Miami in 2011, the same year that the dancehall superstar was arrested and slapped with two separate murder charges. Banton, born Mark Myrie, was sentenced to ten years in a federal prison for the crime as he bemoaned his innocence.

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Kartel, whose government name is Adidja Palmer, was acquitted of the murder of Barrington “Bossie” Burton in 2013 after the prosecution failed to prove his guilt. The following year he wasn’t so lucky and was convicted of the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, a man whom authorities say was a member of Kartel’s inner circle of friends. One of his protege, Shawn Storm, was also convicted of the same murder and both men and their two co-accused are currently serving life for the murder. Kartel’s only hope now is a successful appeal that would set he and his co-accused free.

Buju Banton has not released any new music since his incarceration as ordered by the judge during his sentencing, but Vybz Kartel has released a ton of new music and has dominated dancehall since his arrest in 2011. His success from behind bars even promoted him to make a bold statement that dancehall is in jail. “Dancehall is in jail,” he said. “And although the fact remains that if I die tomorrow, dancehall will continue, it’s also a fact that the next artiste to bring the energy, panache, and ‘vybz’ to dancehall, isn’t here yet.”

Legal sources told us that Vybz Kartel appeal will be a hard-fought battle for the defense despite the numerous issues with the original case. “Getting the green light for an appeal doesn’t mean that they automatically have the upper hand, they still have a case to prove and this time it’s not a jury that they will have to convince, but seasoned judges who know the law inside-out, so it is a much more difficult case,” sources said.

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The promoters of GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza is threatening to sue Masicka and Tommy Lee Sparta for a now show at the event last month.

Both artists were billed as headlining acts but never showed up for the performance, in fact, Tommy Lee entered the venue after the show ended at 7 AM in the morning. Masicka did not show up any at all and now GT Taylor is threatening to sue to restore his reputation. “GT Promotions demands a full and immediate apology to our patrons and the public via the appropriate broadcast media and social media outlets. If they fail to do so, we will not hesitate to pursue recourse through the courts,” GT Taylor said.

Tommy Lee Sparta has since issued an apology in a video uploaded to his social media page, but so far nothing from Masicka nor his management. Both artists were reported performing at another event in Portland on the same night. Extravaganza was held in St. Elizabeth which is hours away from Portland.

Tommy Lee Sparta and Masicka are two of the top artists currently in dancehall and both deejays had a big year last year.

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[Pre-Chorus: Charlie Puth]
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[Chorus: Charlie Puth]
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[Pre-Chorus: Charlie Puth & Boyz II Men]
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[Chorus: Bruno Mars]
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[Pre-Chorus: Bruno Mars]
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I watch the whole room change
Baby, that’s what you do
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Blame it on my confidence
Oh, blame it on your measurements
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[Chorus: Bruno Mars]
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[Pre-Chorus]
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[Chorus]
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[Outro]
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