Jamaica’s paradise has fostered some very unfathomable loathsome individuals that has robbed the island of its innocence and beauty . It makes you wonder if the gift of beauty is forever plagued with curses. Where did we go wrong? When did we go wrong? What did we do wrong?
Something is wrong when a nation full of potential, sets aside its talents in pursuit of trickery for financial gain. So called”gay pretenders” sleep with men for money as was endorsed by dancehall selector Sadiki at Weddy Weddy Wednesday in late February. ”Big up to di man dem still whey haffi do a ting and sleep wid man fi money, mi nah endorse it still but a jus suh it guh sumtime ina di gideon”. Jamaica has become a desperate nation, desperate people making desperate excuses for their desperate actions.
The recent verdict in the trial of Vybz Kartel has brought Jamaica to its reality. We have a country with too many unscrupulous persons. Our culture supports unscrupulous actions and there are way too many illiterate persons patrolling the streets. Jamaica’s illiterates cannot see beyond that which they are shown, illiteracy marginalize’s their thoughts whilst giving the illiterate free range . This seems to be the trait of the The Gaza empire fans. Fans of Vybz Kartel’s music can’t wrap their head around why he would choose such a fate. Fans of dancehall music are looking for the next dancehall great.
In late 2008 there was news on the street that a rape had allegedly taken place in the Gaza Empire . The female was allegedly raped by a group of men and was scared to make a report. The streets spoke of the beatings that happened within the Empire, no journalist dared to publish the facts. Hungry influential young men made up more than 50% of the Empire, the Jamaican media knew this, so not publishing the goings on meant keeping all limbs intact .
2009 brought what was to be the catalyst to string of mild porn released until the artiste’s incarceration. His first victim was former Gaza member Lisa Hype. The picture made its way to Facebook, then to every Jamaican website .
At first the feeling of fresh gossip permeated the online atmosphere, followed by the female members of the Jamaican entertainment industry’s disdain. Lisa Hype had to put on a very tough skin for the scorn she endured. Kartel was said to have admitted to leaking the photo, and every one ignored the involvement he had in Lisa Hype’s degradation . We all seemed to ignore the sad look in her eyes and the fact that she looked as if she was crying a little before the picture had been taken, she was fully dressed and tears were in her eyes. It seemed as if she was forced to perform the act as punishment for something she did. Clearly she was not enjoying what she was doing.
Shortly after Lisa Hype’s exposure and expulsion there was news of Jah Vinci and Black Ryno’s departure from the Empire. Jah Vinci was said to have left because of the numerous beatings he received which has left him practically deaf in one ear. Black Ryno who resisted the beatings and physcially overcame Kartel, lost his home that was said to have been bombed by orders . Ryno’s father was said to have nursed gun shot wounds during the period after his home was riddled by bullets,again by orders. Black Ryno’s orders were allegedly the words of the song ”Wild grain”.
Another braying on the street was that orders were sent out for artiste ”Daddy Vic” who was killed in his sleep. Daddy Vic’s killing was allegedly immortalized in the song ” Daddy Devil”.
Allegations are that as the more crime the artiste carried out, the more paranoid he became. Vybz Kartel at one point became a no show entertain to shows kept outside Jamaica. In the Bahamas it was said that he caused one well known promoter not to be to keep shows on that island anymore. It was said that the entertainer was booked for a show there and was paid $50,000 USD in advance , when the time came for him to go he decided he would not go. The promoter spoke to him and tried to coax him into going. He told the promoter to send him a private jet, the jet was sent. The entertainer did not board the craft. Other entertainers who were within the Empire went on the trip and the guys that were assigned to collect the other half of their contract went with them. There was another incident in Guyana where Popcaan and a few other artistes were kidnapped because Kartel refused to show up for the show that he was paid for. It was alleged that they were held and beaten for a week .
As Kartel’s popularity grew so did his influence on young men who wanted to become dancers or DJs. Any entertainer who spoke about his negative impact on Jamaica faced his wrath. Dancehall artiste Agent Sasco aka Assassin can attest to this as he was confronted by Kartel’s boys outside his studio after including the artiste in his music. The pack was said to be led by a street assassin who goes by the name by the name Leng. Notnice , Kartel’s famous producer was said to be beaten numerous times and after he decided to leave, his house was ambushed and orders were given to remove everything with exception of the bed.
Kartel’s publicist also felt his wrath when he was sent for and given a thorough beaten on Kartel’s premises. Gaza Kim who had a fall out with the artiste was sent for and beaten by the artiste’s cronies. Kim went with brother and it was said that when he saw that she had urinated on herself, he tried to intervene and was told by his sister to leave before they killed him. Kartel denied the attack. The artiste fell out with just about everyone he was close to. The men who did runs for him on the street were complaining of doing time and their families were not taken care of. It was alleged that one of the girlfriends of one of the men complained about the lack of support from the artiste and was ”done away with” a week later.
Paranoia and control took over the camp and the artiste wanted to do away with his long time partner Corey Todd. I was said that his plans were recorded and played for the man who was Kartel’s manager.
The streets spoke about robberies and drug money surrounding the Empire but none of it was proven……….TO BE CONTINUED