Gazanation fans will likely go HAM on Tommy Lee Sparta for making this statement, but some industry attorneys are saying that he is absolutely right about his assessment. Sparta was one of Vybz Kartel’s most loyal proteges before he was sent to prison for life for a 2014 murder conviction. The big question now is Kartel’s legal troubles affecting artists who were previously associated with him like Tommy Lee and Popcaan.
We’re told that both artists are unable to secure a U.S. visa because of their affiliation to Vybz Kartel. The “Soul Reaper” deejay says that he has been going through hell while trying to travel overseas for his shows. “I feel like they put something on my name,” Sparta said. “Every time I try to travel, they treat me different, like I am some bomber. When they run my passport, Vybz Kartel business come up and everything. They are acting like I am involved in certain things and pure red lines come up on my documents at the airports. I don’t know who did it to my documents.”
Tommy Lee Sparta currently has a mountain of legal troubles and is currently awaiting trial for lottery scam. On three separate times, he was named a person of interest in different crimes in Kingston and Montego including a shooting incident. He was never charged with a crime. Some legal experts inside the dancehall space are saying that the artist has a point about being affected by Vybz Kartel’s legal problems, but all he needs is proper legal representation to clear his team. Tommy Lee has been unable to travel to the United States for shows for years and just last month Popcaan was denied travel documents to take part in the Red Bull Culture Clash in Atlanta.