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Buju Banton On Why He Gave Up And Decides To Serve Full Sentence

Buju Banton has thrown in the towel and scraped all future plans of filing another appeal for a release from prison.

The Grammy-winning reggae singer strike a deal with US Attorney office barring him from filing future appeal and in return for the dismissal of a gun charge.

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Since the news broke last week, Buju Banton fans have been sounding off on social media on why he took the deal.

Sources connected to the “Driver” singer told Urban Islandz that it was his best option.

“Buju fought a good fight and it all came down to choosing the lesser of two evil,” sources told us.

“The state was preparing to go after him on the gun charge which could have added five more years to his sentence if they had gotten a conviction. Buju has under four more years on his current sentence and his appeals were going nowhere so it wasn’t a case of him giving up, its a case of doing the smart thing,” our source said.

“The system was against the Gargamel from day one and even while behind bars the system was still trying to break him. Buju is a strong and positive youth so you can expect to emerge stronger from this.”

Buju Banton, born Mark Myrie, is currently serving 10 years in prison for drug trafficking following a 2011 conviction. He is scheduled for release in February 2019.

Urban Islandz sources also told us that Buju Banton is currently doing a degree behind bars and writing a lot of music.

“You can look out for the best of Buju Banton music when he leaves prison and
return to Jamaica,” Urban Islandz sources said.

Buju Banton won a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album in 2011 for his critically acclaimed album Before The Dawn.


  1. Ty Ajani Griffith

    ‘One God! One Aim! One Destiny!’ Therefore, let justice be done to all mankind, realizing that if the strong oppresses the weak, confusion and discontent will ever mark the path of man. But with love, faith and charity towards all, the reign of peace and plenty will be heralded into the world and the generations of men shall be called Blessed.

  2. Til am laid to rest

  3. free BUJU

  4. Sean Makavelliam (malawi)

    Right now am listening to murderer listen to the chorus by buju sodom and gomorar set buju up (how does it feel to take a life from another)

  5. We need back our reggae artist, free Buju!!!

  6. I remember David Dinkins, the first and last black Mayor of New York City. He was set up with a female informant who convinced him to light up.

    • That wasn’t David Dinkins. That was Marion Barry in Washington DC. And even after that incidend, Barry was re-elected.

  7. Obama needs to free him under the non violent drug charges.

  8. He is in jail for his own bad karma. Boom ByeBye is an evil song, calling for murder of God’s gay lesbian children. I hope he learns his lesson and is man enough to apologize.

    • Medina Victorious Earth

      Spoken like a true batty boy. Lmao. That song has nothing to do with him.being convicted. Stop reaching cupcake.

      • I stand full and firm behind Boom Bye Bye but I was thinking what if it’s Karma. Anyhow, 4 years to go and Buju will do road!!!!!!!

  9. He accepted his guilt, stop trying to big a big time coke dealer.

    • ProfessorMulumbu

      he didn’t do nothing wrong mind you the system will always get you to a point where you either go for the lesser evil or loss everything. This is an artist who’s been working hard to make it and has made and still doing more positive stuff I personally don’t see a reason for 10 years imprisonment while there are people doing more dirt in high places. The fact that he plead guilty doesn’t necessarily means he’s guilty. Sometimes you got to do what you got to do to avoid total destruction of your life and family by the system.

  10. All the man did was stick his finger in the coke of an informer and taste it. He never deliverd any money to the informer; he never bought it. Then his “bodyguards” came back a few days later without Buju to buy the coke that he did not buy, and then snitch and say, “Buju told us to!” -b**ch a** babies.
    Buju admitted in front of a Federal jury to sticking his finger in the coke like anyone who has ever seen a movie would do to look cool & tuff for the government informer, but that is not attempting to possess with the intent to distribute.
    Set up? Indisputably.
    Let this be the lesson to the reggae community world wide that there is no honor among thieves; so let us chant down sin while they do crime.
    BTW, I’m a criminal defense attorney in DC and Maryland. I’ll fight against the government for anyone who doesn’t harm children.

    -Matthew Rist, attorney in Washington, DC

  11. It’s not an easy road cause Buju full has never been told.Stay strong cause judgement day soon crawl upon those who try to keep a positive man down.

  12. Buju stay strong and come out with fire! My Brother!

  13. Buju Banton get a raw deal from the US authority. This case is painful to follow. Feel so sorry for the Gargamel. Just free up Buju.