Vybz Kartel fans are still anxiously awaiting the deejay’s release following his recent appeal trial, but should it prove unsuccessful they could still be getting the next best thing.
It may not be the news most fans are anticipating but the “Worl Boss” and Ninja Man could soon be able to legally record and release music from prison.
According to Superintendent Gladstone Wright, a retired police officer who is in charge of the newly reinstated Rehabilitation Through Music program, the two could potentially be allowed to record.
The Superintendent, who was also responsible for Jah Cure being able to record music during his incarceration revealed that the program has grown significantly since its inception in 2005.
When quizzed on the topic of both Vybz Kartel or Ninja Man being allowed to record music under the rehabilitation program Wright replied, “It is very possible.”
The cop would, however, go on to explain that the decision would not be left up to him, but instead, the Department of Corrections and the Inmates involved.
He explained that everyone who participates in the program has to sign a consent form, and also show a readiness towards rehabilitation before being processed.
The officer further explained that persons interested in participating in the program will need to show signs of remorse, even if they continue to maintain their innocence.
When asked by Williams if this stands even if the inmates are not actually guilty of the particular crime he replied, “Well, the court says they are guilty, the department of corrections has to operate in a way that they are guilty.”
Despite the positive news, the cop did go on to say that both entertainers have already had their story told musically so preference would most likely be given to other inmates.
Wright revealed that they are currently working with over 30 individuals in the program. However, the cop failed to give any clear indication of how the rights and intellectual property of the music recorded would be handled.
The interview has since caused some degree of controversy among Dancehall fans, with many taking to social media comparing the program to modern day slavery.