Jamaican Dancehall Star Buju Banton’s Impending Release from Prison Sparks Renewed Controversy

Jamaican deejay and lyricist Buju Banton, a flawed and misunderstood musical hero, is adored by his faithful fans and often receives lavish praise from critics. Yet, Banton’s career has been fraught with controversy centered around his violent and homophobic lyrics, as well as drug trafficking and firearm charges.

His impending release from the McRae correctional facility in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States, has sparked rivalries and renewed controversy as Banton gears up for his deportation back to Jamaica and fans debate his next moves.

Banton spent the last seven years in prison after he was found guilty of conspiracy to traffic cocaine in February 2011. A few days after his conviction, in keeping with the roller coaster style of his career, Banton received a Reggae Grammy Award for his album “Before the Dawn” (he had two previous nominations, in 2004 and 2010).

Banton is scheduled to be released from prison on December 18, 2018, one year early. Emotions are running high ahead of his anticipated release as reggae musicians, music producers, and loyal fans long for his return:

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