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Tommy Lee Sparta released two new singles on Friday, April 9, where he seemingly addressed his legal troubles.
The Dancehall artiste, whose real name is Leroy Russell, also released the new animation for his recent song “Weh U Woulda Do” a few hours after dropping a gritty single, “3 Point.” The later, which is another way of referring to life, is a gritty dancehall track that involves its fair share of violence and threats.
In the song, Tommy Lee Sparta sings, “Some boy nuh bad none at all, shoot yuh face make the frowns drop off. Funeral day dem close you off hear the church dem a sing to God. Run thef**king place like a f**king race, hear a bolt take off. Dem swear say a rain a fall when mi pop off the 40 ball.”
The song, produced by Donsome Records, comes after news that the 33-year-old deejay may be implicated in crimes that could put him away for life. The “Spartan Soldier” deejay has had many run-ins with the law over the last six years. The deejay’s luck seemingly ran out late last year when he was held with an illegal firearm and ammunition. The deejay pled guilty to the charges in March and will serve three years behind bars.
Tommy Lee Sparta made headlines again this week when police sources reported that the gun he pled guilty to having is linked to at least two murders in the corporate area and three cases of shooting with intent.
The murders are that of renowned dancehall personalities Owen Clarke, also known as Roy Fowl or Father Fowl, and Alphanso Harriott, also known as Oney British – both of the British Link Up Crew. Both men were murdered in 2019. Tommy Lee’s attorney, Donahue Martin, continues to deny his client’s involvement in any such crimes.
Tommy Lee Sparta’s second release for the day possibility contains the answers about who actually committed the crimes he may soon have to answer to.
“Weh You Woulda Do” sees the dancehall deejay meeting with his inner demon. “Weh yuh woulda duh? Warn yuh bout yuh fren longtime An as yuh tun yuh back yuh get a knife juck. Weh yuh woulda duh? Far wi a come from school days half a pencil an a book, Weh yuh woulda duh? Play supa hero like Christ an end up duh wah Christ duh fi yuh, What dem guh duh?” Sparta deejays.
The song stands centered on the themes of betrayal and disloyalty, where Tommy Lee Sparta insinuates that he was framed by a friend. We should point out that no formal murder charges are made against the deejay.
Tommy Lee Sparta joins a handful of incarcerated dancehall stars in prison, including Vybz Kartel and Ninjaman.
Tommy Lee Sparta‘s day of reckoning is finally here, and as the law would have it, the “Blessings” deejay has been hit with a 3-year sentence behind bars. The seriousness of the situation, which will see the deejay not being able to spend time with his family, has seemingly been lost on Jamaican Twitter, who have been pumping out clever memes to address how they feel about the situation the Sparta Boss and other local entertainers have found themselves in.
One Twitter user joked that the proclaimed King Of The Dancehall Vybz Kartel had called Court. As such, the likes of Laden, past members of Portmore Empire Tommy Lee Sparta and Shawn Storm, and one-time sparring partner Ninjaman, have all found themselves in the big house(prison).
“Kartel file fi everybody,” came the hilarious tweet. “Sting can keep a prison this Christmas,” came another clever suggestion.
Kartel file fi everybody
— Yan (@OVOChynn) March 24, 2021
Sting, which is considered the Greatest One Night Show On Earth, built its reputation on the back of high-profile clashes against the hottest acts in Jamaica.
Ninjaman has dominated the Sting stage for many years, leaving lesser opponents gasping for air and lyrics. A Vybz Kartel vs Ninjaman battle would definitely turn heads, and with both men more mature, the fist thumping of 2004 Sting should be a thing of the past. Vybz Kartel is also pretty famous for his Sting 2008 battle against Mavado. With the Gully Gad spending much time in the States, it would be left to his son Dante Brooks to relive the legacy, especially with a life sentencing to consider.
Kartel was the first to be incarcerated for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. His trial of 65 days is said to have been the longest in Jamaica’s history. In 2014, the popular and beloved artiste was sentenced to life in prison.
Vybz Kartel is still making music to this day, releasing albums such as To Tanesha, Dancehall Royalty, X-rated, Of Dons & Divas, as well as a slew of singles and music videos. Since his incarceration in 2011, Kartel has shown no signs of slowing down and is still perhaps the most consistent dancehall artiste when it comes to releasing new music.
Not only did he released several albums, but also hundreds of singles, both solo and collaborative efforts with a plethora of local and overseas artists. Let’s not forget that he also released a book.
Shawn Campbell, famously known as Shawn Storm, is considered Vybz Kartel’s right hand. He was sentenced in the same murder trial to 25 years which was later reduced to 22 years and 6 months.
Shawn Storm is known for his songs such as “My Life” and “Loyalty,” which would definitely be sing alongs if he was to grace to Live From Prison version of Sting.
The great Desmond Ballentine, famously known as Ninja Man, followed suit in 2017. He was found guilty of the murder of Ricardo Johnson and was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
Dancehall artiste Laden was sentenced to four years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm and 18 months for illegal possession of ammunition. The sentences will run concurrently. His popular tracks include “Time to Shine,” “Me Same One,” and “Really Like You.”
Tommy Lee Sparta
Tommy Lee Sparta has been in and out of police custody a number of times. He recently pleaded guilty to the offenses of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, for which he was sentenced. He was found with a firearm along Holborn Road, New Kingston, last December and was subsequently arrested and charged.
The Montego Bay deejay was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of an illegal firearm. His attorney Donahue Martin says his sentence was drastically reduced because he pled guilty and had no prior conviction.
Rytikal – case pending.
Rytikal, another promising entertainer, appeared before the gun court to answer charges of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. His place on this hypothetical version of Sting still hangs in the balance. Yesterday he was offered a 1 million dollar bail and will go to trial on April 28.
“Prison Splash line up is looking outstanding,” concluded another fan on Twitter.
Tommy Lee Sparta spent Christmas in jail but found a way to lift his and other jailers spirit.
The Montego Bay dancehall veteran has no intentions of letting his incarceration cause him to lose hope for the holidays. That’s at least according to a leaked video, where he is seen dancing and have a good time while behind bars. We could not hear the song he is dancing to in the video, but other inmates could be heard egging him on.
Tommy Lee Sparta has been behind bars since December 14, when police arrested him following a routine stop and search. Cops alleged that they found an illegal 9mm pistol with an extended magazine containing 18 rounds of ammunition. According to police, he had the weapon in his waistband. If convicted, he is looking at a five-year sentence. He will appear in court next year on January 6, and he will be represented by Donahue Martin and Queen’s Counsel Tom Tavares Finson. The case is expected to be called before the Corporate Area Parish court to face the charges.
Tommy Lee Sparta, whose real name is Leroy Russell, has been in and out of trouble with the law this year. He was detained in July and held at the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay. Tommy Lee was questioned by police over his alleged connection to gang warfare in the Flankers community. In 2014, he was also detained after police believed he was connected to a lottery scam. He was eventually freed because of a no-case submission. This time police said he is being investigated for other crimes as well.
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Those who commented under the video had mixed feelings about Sparta enjoying himself behind bars. Here’s what some of them had to say. “What a pice a hollering when him hear him sentence,” one fan wrote while another added, “Prison anuh bed a roses, the liveth it makes me bawl.”
“Today him nice tomorrow him nuh in di mood, guzu man under vibes today,” one person quipped.
Tommy Lee Sparta drops off a cinematic clip for “Rich Badness.”
Dancehall fans can expect to be ‘under vibes’ all weekend long as Tommy Lee Sparta drops the eagerly awaited video for ?”Rich Badness.” ?The “?Hard Ears?” ?hitmaker left clips and clues all week, filling his fans (and comments) with anticipation and excitement including fellow artiste Gaza Slim and selector Tony Matterhorn. The video premiere was a massive success with all that momentum, and the Everton Gentles/ Heavy Films directed piece clocked 76K views overnight, with fans predicting another trending hit.
Heavy Films has helped the ‘buddup’ king bring previous concepts for ?”Psycho”? and “B?uss A Blank?” to life, and with the feedback currently flooding in it’s not hard to see why they’re back again. His faithful following is clearly impressed with the storyline and cinematic settings the artiste chose to put his own spin on the slang.
“Tommy Lee is undoubtedly the king of music videos, this epic!” commented one fan while another wrote, “Sparta don alone can entertain me wid him music video dem, dah video yah wicked!”
The ?Spartan Soldier? is known for controversy and intrigue, so ordinary visuals wouldn’t do for this fan favourite. What we get is a rich movie sequence with standoffs, shoot outs, a musical score and even a hot damsel in distress for Tommy Lee to save. In between clips, he puts his money where his mouth is, flashing plenty of jewels and all the custom made perks of the rich badness lifestyle. While we’re stuck in quarantine, Tommy Lee is as chill as the ice on a “criss Rolex” or a “pinky ring”.
We get to watch as the Flanker man does some serious stunting and find out what it takes to get into those blinging big leagues. His Instagram followers who had been hyped up all week were quick to comment their ratings and approval. “Rate d video bro g, it look like a real movie…Jah know” was among the feedback from the attentive fans who also noted the cameo by Desha Ravers. It seems that this favorable video debut just shy of June could set the tone for Tommy Lee’s summer.
With his mysterious persona and dark, spitfire lyrics, Tommy Lee Sparta has been on a winning streak since being exonerated of criminal charges in 2019. Promising a new outlook on life and approach to his craft, Sparta’s recent tracks “?Blessing,” “Shallow Grave” ?and “?Under Vibes” ?have since become massive mainstream hits.
Tommy Lee Sparta’s new EP New Creator has debut at No. 9 on the Billboard Reggae chart.
The EP was released on January 5th under Ricardo Gowe Records and has been doing well on iTunes. While that is an impressive achievement for the Guzu Musiq deejay, the sales figures paint a different picture. The project sold only 63 copies in its first week of release. Tommy Lee Sparta thank his fans for their support on IG despite the low sales numbers.
“New creator ep #9 on #billboard reggae charts #godisgood Spartans we all mek this possible y’all not my fan we family,” he wrote. Elsewhere on the chart, you will find Chronixx debut album Chronology at No. 8, SOJA’s album Poetry In Motion is at No. 6, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley‘s Stony Hill is at No. 4, while the top spot is being held by American band The Green.
Tommy Lee Sparta is currently working on his upcoming debut album, due in April of this year. The project will be the first off his multi-album deal with Sean Kingston’s label Time Is Money Entertainment. Chronixx and Damian Marley are currently battling with three other nominees this year for Best Reggae Album at the upcoming Grammy Awards. A rep for Sparta told us that he hopes to get a nomination next year for his upcoming album.
Aside from working on his new album, Tommy Lee Sparta is gearing up for some upcoming shows in Europe and the wider Caribbean. Last year was a big year for the former Gaza deejay who dominated the airwaves with his music after going back to his Gothic dancehall roots. He also scored some points in the streets for his diss tracks aimed at top-flight deejays Alkaline and Mavado. If you haven’t got a copy as yet, you can get Tommy Lee’s new EP on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
The “Uncle Demon” deejay put on a show for his fans at last weekend’s annual Ghetto Splash in Kingston. His set was well received and he even called out JOP/4th Genna deejay Deablo to join him on stage. Tommy Lee Sparta used a part of his performance to lay waste to Alkaline while praising his former mentor Vybz Kartel, despite his rocky relationship with the former Portmore Empire boss.
“Big up every artist in the industry,” Tommy Lee said. “But yo have some bwoy now a days them forced ripe and feel like them bigger than music. All who know say Worl’Boss work hard for it me want to see the hands them. Some bwoy just… yo have some people them just want to give some boy the Worl’Boss legacy and act like Worl’Boss never do nothing, but a long time the Worl’Boss a do it.”
Tommy Lee Sparta’s statement comes only a few months after Vybz Kartel once again reminded his fans that Lee and Popcaan are disloyal former members of his Gazanation crew. While that statement resonate with fans, that is not stopping Sparta and Popcaan from still shouting-out Kartel every chance they get.
Mr. Vegas has shared his reaction to Tommy Lee Sparta’s statement on the recent flooding in Montego Bay.
Last week, heavy rain in Jamaica’s second city left down town Montego Bay and some surrounding areas flooded and millions of dollars in damages to property and infrastructure. Tommy Lee Sparta who is one of the most recognized artists from the area shared video footage and photos on Instagram showing the aftermath.
Montego Bay unno see that god a show unno a sign, the killing need to stop take this as a warning plz we need to come together n put a stop against crime n violence god don’t like wah gwan,” the Guzu Musiq deejay said. He also got some support for his statement from fellow dancehall artists like Bounty Killer and Razor B. Earlier this year he also spoke out against crime that has been crippling the city during a performance at Margueritaville.
Montego Bay unno see ?that god a show unno a sign, the killing need to stop ? take this as a warning ?? plz we need to come together n put a stop against crime n violence?????????? god don't like wah gwan
Mr. Vegas begs to differ with Tommy Lee saying that judgement day is not here as yet. “God vex wid the whole world. So how comes Parliament and their members that has implemented the ‘one world order system’ nuh flood out,” the dancehall veteran said. “Day of Judgement nuh come yet,” he said. “Matthew 24:6 says ‘You will hear of wars and rumours of wars but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.”
Mavado link with his longtime producer Di Genius for a new single dedicated to the ladies, “Red Rose.”
Mavado is one of those rare dancehall artist that has the Midas touch because everything he released this year have been instant hits and this new single will be no different. “Man yo fi dede fi yo lady / Yo fi bring red rose fi yo girl / She love the things you do you do / No other man no fi dede fi yo girl,” Mavado sings.
Mavado has aligned himself with Alkaline and Jahmiel, two of the leading batch of young artists in dancehall currently. The trio formed a clique called MVP, the acronym for Mavado, Vendetta, and Patriotz. The Gullyside singjay has been having a great year in dancehall, but at the same time he is allowing the younger acts to shine. He also made headlines recently for his beef with Popcaan and Tommy Lee Sparta, both artists emerged from under Vybz Kartel wing, so the hatred runs deep.
Tommy Lee Sparta found the “Antidote” for your stress and problems.
The Guzu Musiq deejay teams with Damage Musiq, the producer, for his new single “Antidote.” The new track comes just a few days after his social media spate with rival dancehall deejay Alkaline. “Sparta no play / Poverty run gone quickly / Stress affi run gone with it / Mi feel rich fresh plane pon the hip strip / All yo girlfriend waan come with me / Right now mi have a cure fi them / Fi tek weh yo problems,” Tommy Lee deejay.
This month alone, Tommy Lee Sparta released four new singles and two music videos. Last weekend, he and Alkaline got into a heated exchanged on Instagram as their beef deepens. The two have been beefing since the start of the year and things seems like its just heating up.
Yesterday, the “Uncle Demon” deejay posted a video on the Gram taking a subliminal at the Vendetta boss. “Weh the #VIM dem deh tag the #VIC dem deh,” he wrote. In the video clip he explains what he really means by VIM. “Yeah man a VIM, very important murder, some boy a VIC, very important coward,” he said.
Alkaline got word of the video and jumped in the comments section to take a jab at Tommy Lee Sparta. “Vagina inna yuh mouth Vendetta in charge suck yuh mumma pree da bait ya [DJ Frass],” Alka wrote, while Lee responded, “like how them a own them name v.i.c.”
“Who the cap fit let them wear it @manhimselff (Alkaline) you an the battywash gang leave me page plz,” Tommy Lee continues.
Alkaline and Tommy Lee Sparta have been beefing since the start of the year but their feud has been mostly one sided with the Mobay deejay dropping a ton of diss tracks. The Vendetta boss, on the other hand, has only released around two songs taking subliminal shots at his rival.
You can always count on Tommy Lee Sparta to drop some good videos. The Mobay deejay drop the cut for his catchy single “Bad Gyal Duppy.”
Lee surrounded himself with plenty female just like the theme of the single. “Mi girlfriend got a gloc a road / Sparta gal them no take chat a road / Them no take check a body drop a road / Some wonna be thugs never shot a soul,” the Spartan deejay spits.
Earlier this month, Tommy Lee Sparta was accused of recording mumble dancehall music following the release of his new video “Cross Over” with Sean Kingston. The deejay released some excerpts of his lyrics on the single for some of his critics who are complaining that they have no idea what he is saying.
The “Uncle Demon” is out to get blood and his sight is set on a confrontation with Mavado. The Gullyside singjay link up with DJ Frass for the gritty new diss track where he took some shots at Tommy Lee. “Them a scam badness them a joker / So fi them crime a fi solve I moca / When mi set the timer its a over / Family cry and them can’t get no closure,” Mavado sings.
Tommy Lee posted a video clip on IG asking his fans if he should respond. “Wa them a say angel in a demon fight, wrong time yo go buy down a market man… who fi dead mi fans who fi dead,” he said. His fans reacted telling him to drop something for Mavado. “Mavado kill him sparta for life,” one fan wrote. “Kill everything pon the gully side all the one name flex who a call up your name. Kill all the Vendetta fool and Jahmiel.”
Tommy Lee Sparta is being accused of making mumble dancehall music?
While mumble rap became a thing in hip hop in recent years, mumble dancehall is not a thing, at least not yet. Some fans are accusing Tommy Lee Sparta of making mumble music, but unless you’re a hardcore dancehall follower you may not always understand what he is saying in his songs. Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee debut their new video for their first collaboration “Cross Over” on WorldStarHipHop yesterday and fans have been weighing in.
“WTF when since dancehall artist start with this mumble rap foolishness, this guy [Tommy Lee Sparta] isn’t even saying real words, this is trash,” one fan wrote while another added, “This guy is just making a bunch of sounds he is not even rapping they should keep this mumble foolishness out of reggae at least cats like Sean Paul and Beenie Man use real words even if its patois.”
One thing we should point out about this is that most of the critics were American based fans who are probably used to Sean Kingston reggae-pop flavor of music and not hardcore dancehall. So for those who don’t understand what Tommy Lee is saying here is a snippet of his lyrics. “Clean in a new bank robber / Time is money watch the gal them a fallow / Full of gold chains like a me name Shaba / Every body know me a the lyrical bomber / Scarface, Toni Montana, mi jus spend a million dollar / Weed me smoke me don’t run coke joke / Last boy this run up inna gun smoke,” Sparta spits.
“Any American saying they dont understand Tommy Lee verse gotta embrace it cuz u know y i don’t understand sh*t you’ll mumble rappers be saying yet still I’m from the Caribbean an i embrace you’ll sh*t so dont get it twisted,” one dancehall fan wrote. “Too me Tommy’s verse sounds more like a new style in mumbling so maybe he might be bigger than lil pump, xxxtenation, ski mask.”
The cut has been in the works since the summer and now its finally here. Kingston debuts the video on WorldStarHipHop yesterday and already it clocked 200,000 views. The OutHereVisuals-directed video starts out with SK and Tommy Lee hanging out with their crew at the mansion. The singer then gave a female a briefcase full of cash to deliver to someone but things got ugly on her journey as she was ambushed by robbers.
“Cross Over” marks the first time that Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee Sparta are working together and during the summer the reggae-pop singer announced that he wants to sign the Mobay deejay to his label Time Is Money Entertainment. “Haven’t been this excited about signing a artist since @torylanez.. mi nuh hide an talk @tommyleesparta is undeniably talented.. big news soon come!! Time is money Ent/Sparta leave a comment if u agree,” Kingston wrote.
Watch the video for Sean Kingston and Tommy Lee Sparta new video “Cross Over” below.
The cut arrives only a few weeks after the collaboration was previewed. The single pays homage to the popular Bridges sandals and Clarks Deserts boots which are both popular in dancehall culture. The cut was directed by RD Studios and produced jointly by Romeich Entertainment and Tommy Lee’s label Guzu Musiq.
“Bridget’s & Desert” marks the first time that Shenseea and Tommy Lee Sparta are collaborating. “Them a pree and a talk and a watch yo everyday / And them man child support cyan match yo pay / When you a make moves them a pussycl**t play / Weh them know bout you girl,” Sparta deejay. The track is currently available on iTunes/Apple Music for streaming.
Shenseea made some major breakthrough in dancehall this year following the success of her collaborative single with Vybz Kartel, “Loodi.” The Mobay deejay is also having a great year with a handful of hits as he continues to push his gothic dancehall movement. The formula has been working great for him since his Gaza days so why change it now. Watch the official video for “Bridget’s & Desert (Pon Foot)” below.
Kartel spent a week in the hospital last week for a severe kidney infection. He is currently back behind bars, but his family members are deeply concerned about his health. Tommy Lee spoke with What’s Up where he expressed his shock and concerns for his former mentor’s health. “Vybz Kartel in the hospital me no know if it’s stress cause it,” he said.
“Me just wish him a speedy recovery yo see me, just want the dog [Vybz Kartel] forward a road and be there for his kids because they are turning into men now and they need him to guidance,” Sparta added. Tommy Lee also said that he is currently working on his debut album which will be comprised of only new singles. Seems the new album will be part of his new deal with Sean Kingston’s label.
“Look like they need an album so it me a work on right now,” he said. “I start to work on the album already. Pure new songs and these songs are different levels of songs because of the type of riddim a some big producers in America I am voicing for.”
Tommy Lee Sparta didn’t revealed the title or release date for the album.
Dancehall artist Popcaan is pleading with Jamaican gangsters to stop the killings.
The Jamaican government is currently running out of ideas as the crime grips the island leaving a trail of bloodshed in its wake. Last month, Tommy Lee Sparta gave a lengthy speech on stage during a performance in his native Montego Bay where he told his fans to put an end to the murders. On Sunday, Popcaan posted a video on Instagram telling gang members, some of who listen to his music, to stop killing each other.
“It’s the Unruly Boss this,” Popcaan said while smoking a blunt. “Whole a meds in the Sunday morning in the bush. I am going to talk to the ghetto youths them now. Too much killing going on in the place dog, the man them a war and killing off each other too much brothers. Hear what I am saying, I don’t know you and I don’t know what you’re fighting for, but the man them just need to hold it on a level because hear is what’s going on now. There are a lot of money out there in the world to make, but killing is not the solution.”
Popcaan also said that he can speak to whats going on because he is from the streets and he made a life for himself in music and is able to tour the world and make a lot of money.
Sparta is one of Vybz Kartel’s former protege and he along with Popcaan and Vanessa Bling went on to have well recognized careers in dancehall. While all three artists are not on good terms with the incarcerated deejay, that doesn’t mean that they don’t often praise him on stage and in songs. Speaking with Anthony Miller on ER, Tommy Lee says he deeply misses Kartel and want him to be released from prison.
“Kartel know artists any artists that you see Kartel take, every single artist in the Gaza bad [great], because he has a good ears and him know what he is looking for,” the Mobay deejay said. When asked by Miller if he misses Vybz Kartel, Lee didn’t hesitate to say yes. “Me miss Kartel yes yo think its an easy thing that he is going through. Remember Kartel is a man who is use to his girls, him money, him hype life.”
Tommy Lee Sparta also revealed that he is currently in talks with Sean Kingston for a new record deal on the singer’s Time Is Money Entertainment label. “It’s going to be signed, its just the paperwork we going through and putting some agreements together,” Lee said. “They came with and agreement and we put forward our agreement also.”
The new owners of Reggae Sumfest, Downsound Entertainment, pulled off another hugely successful staging of one of the most popular reggae music festivals in the world after taking it over last year. Both Dancehall Night and International Reggae Night saw a massive turnout of fans and local artists were in fine form.
Alkaline made a grand entrance on stage approximately 6 AM Saturday and perhaps the high point of his performance was when he dissed Tommy Lee Sparta in his backyard at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex. “Hey bwoy Nyammy Lee,” Alkaline said on stage as the crowd went wild. The Vendetta boss kicked off his performance with “Formula” a song that French Montana remake for his new album Jungle Rules. Alkaline even performed his Tommy Lee diss record “Red Eyes.”
A few weeks before Sumfest, Tommy Lee Sparta made a statement warning Alkaline not to try anything in his home town Montego Bay. He even made reference to the “Champion Boy” deejay using his eyes on the cover art of his diss single “Red Eyes.” But Alka ignored the threats and did exactly what Tommy Lee Sparta told him not to.