Not me, says Tommy Lee
IT wasn't me. That's the position being taken by deejay Tommy Lee Sparta regarding a recording of a telephone conversation which has been making rounds on the Internet.
According to urbanislandz.com, a voice sounding like the Uncle Demon deejay is said to be speaking with producer So Unique noting that incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel sent someone called Slim to collect royalties on his behalf.
The voice, which sounds like Tommy Lee Sparta, then breaks down into a whimper, sobbing uncontrollably as he describes being shot at by one of Kartel's emissaries.
But the deejay is denying any such conversation.
His publicist Keona Williams told the Jamaica Observer that her client never had any such discussions.
"I spoke to Tommy and he says he did not have any discussion regarding this issue. So Unique also denies the claims. The team firmly believes persons are trying to mar his character," said Williams.
In addition to threatening to quit the music industry in light of the threats to his life, the voice said to be Tommy Lee Sparta further notes:
"Mi not running down any fame or make any man feel they can style me or feel like they can tell me anything they want to tell me."
According to the tape, Tommy Lee is one of several artistes to have been mentored by Kartel, hence the demands for a portion of his earnings.
Reference was also made to the success of fellow protégé Popcaan as it was said that Kartel was not earning anything from him.
Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, was sentenced in March to life imprisonment for his role in the disappearance of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. He will be eligible for parole after 35 years. His legal team intends to appeal the conviction.