Following the circulation of a statement this weekend that was said to have been released by incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel, deejay Tommy Lee Sparta and his team have questioned its authenticity, and are wondering how it all came about.
On the weekend, following a court ruling that freed Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, of a murder charge, a statement attributed to the deejay began making the rounds via social media and the Internet.
The statement was made available to our news team through a close associate of Kartel, who claimed that it was authentic and came directly from the deejay.
In the closing section of the statement the deejay openly expressed resentment for deejays Popcaan and Tommy Lee Sparta, while showering praises on those considered most loyal and endorsing a new name to the dancehall.
"Can someone tell Popcaan and Tommy Lee stop big me up pon stage saying they're Gaza, when they're not even near to my recently acquired Plaza," the statement read.
The statement further claimed; "They have no shame and could only be compared to undignified morons. They and I know that they are just a couple of traitors grabbing at the proverbial straw to save their downward spi
ralling careers ... Yea, the forever controversial Worl'Boss. Big up mi bredda Shawn Storm, big up Gaza Slim and big up Gage. I'm out - Worl'Boss".
When contacted, Tommy Lee Sparta's public relations representative, Keona Williams, said, "It has reached our attention, however, we cannot confirm its authenticity. Tommy has explained he is clueless to how this statement came about ... As far as we know there is no conflict that exists between Tommy Lee Sparta and the Worl'Boss ... He (Tommy Lee) is on good terms with the Gaza which he has always been loyal to."
Williams continued, "Tommy Lee Sparta constantly declares his devotion to the unit that brought him to forefront ... At present, Tommy Lee Sparta is sincerely hopeful that Kartel's legal woes will be resolved swiftly."
In the statement, Kartel had thanked his fans and those persons he said have been instrumental during his legal troubles.
"First of all, I would like to thank my legal team for proving and maintaining my innocence. I would also want to thank all my fans for being there with me, and for their continued support musically, making me forever relevant to dancehall."
The deejay also further thanked the mother of his kids, Shorty. "Last but not least I want to thank my family, in particular my babymother Shorty Gaza who is and has always been a tower of strength in my life. Taking care of our three sons and handling my financial affairs plus being so focused amidst a sea of 'crosses' and tribulations."