As we cover the news of drug addiction and arrests, we have noticed an inordinate amount of those arrests having to do with Reggae artists.
What is it about the music of Jamaica that tends to appeal to a rough and lawless crowd?
Particularly dancehall reggae artists themselves seem to be getting arrested in high profile criminal cases.
Ninjaman is yet another a dancehall reggae artist who has a history of drug use and arrest.
Ninjaman had many dancehall hits in the late 80s and 1990s. True to the “rude” lifestyle his lyrics embodied, he faced a lot of legal problems and accusations of (among other things) rape and murder. The negative press Ninjaman received led to career troubles and he also struggled with crack cocaine addiction.
By 1997 he had changed his name to “Brother Desmond” and sought to revive his career as a born again Christian through the genre of “gospel reggae.”
Ninjaman was assaulted with a machete in 2001 and suffered injuries including some to the head.
In 2009 Ninjaman was arrested and charged with the murder of a man on Marl Road, in Kingston Jamaica. To the best of our knowledge Ninjaman is still incarcerated.
As we have been covering the controversial world of Jamaican reggae artists who have been arrested, a recent piece of news came across our desk about a performer who is accused of murder (and has been exonerated for the crime of marijuana possession).
Dancehall reggae singer Vybz Kartel was taken into custody on Septmeber 30, 2011 at the New Kingston hotel. He is being held under the suspiction suspicion that he murdered a man (Barrington “Bossie” Burton).
Vybz was also charged with ganja possession that was part of the arrest but his female companion Alecia Jackson plead guilty and took responsibility for the marijuana charge.