Incarcerated Dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel has finally opened up about allegations that he has been recording music behind bars.
In an interview conducted through his lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson, Kartel denied that he is recording in jail.
The “Worl Boss” deejay insists that the new releases are sets of a massive deposit of unreleased vocal material left behind before his arrest, which are being updated for the moment by a cadre of trusted producers.
“I’ve always been a prolific songwriter, and I record at breakneck speed as well, so I have a lot of surplus material to choose from,” Vybz Kartel told Rolling Stone.
“There is a recording studio at another correctional facility [in Jamaica] but none here … cellphones, laptops, or any Internet-capable instrument are prohibited items,” he added.
His social media accounts have become increasingly active and personal, reacting to recent developments like the lyrical feud between his former protégé, Popcaan, and his old rival, Mavado.
Many dancehall fans presume he must be recording in prison, covertly cutting vocals through a cellphone app. Others have even suggested certain songs were voiced by an impersonator.
Musicians usually become engimas by disappearing or holding back, but Vybz Kartel has become one by being impossibly present through his incarceration.
Vybz Kartel was recently transferred from the prison where he has spent the last five years to the maximum-security Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility. Although no cause was indicated, it’s been widely speculated that the transfer was due to recent reports suggesting the artist has been recording from jail.