Vybz Kartel is turning in his prison cell right now.
Noisey has released an unofficial music video for Vybz Kartel single “Beautiful Girl” using gays in Kingston.
According to Noisey, they created the video as part of their new documentary about homosexuals living in the Kingston sewer system.
While making a documentary on The Gully Queens of New Kingston, a growing community of gay and transgender youth living in the Jamaican capital’s storm drain system on Trafalgar Road, we met people that had been driven below the depths of the city by desperation. This unique community has found solace in the lyrics of street life and struggle of the recently incarcerated singer Vybz Kartel, a national hero of sorts and considered “The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto” by many.
The music video shows members of the growing gay community getting dress and putting on their makeups to venture out into the New Kingston nightlife.
Reps for Vybz Kartel told Urban Islandz that the deejay is not happy about the video and will be instructed his lawyers to take action.
“This is not an official video and Addi is distancing himself from it,” his rep told us.
“He has already instructed his lawyer to take the necessary action to protect his image,” the rep added.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison in Jamaica for murder.
Noisey Say They License Vybz Kartel Song For Jamaican Gay Documentary
Noisey, the music division of Vice, angered Vybz Kartel fans on social media when they released a music video for the embattled deejay’s single “Beautiful Girl” casting only homosexuals living in the New Kingston gutter.
According to Noisey, they licensed the single to use in their new documentary Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens.
“This was the perfect opportunity for us to come together and make a somewhat surreal video for their favorite artist, with its challenges along the way.”
Electric shocks and twerking came hand in hand. With our generator and lights teetering over the water of the gully and each gully queen dancing harder than the last, it was a dangerous but powerful shoot (and luckily no one got fried).
“Kartel was unable to sign off on this video as an official promo, but we licensed the song and are putting it out there to show people a rarely seen side of one of our favorite places in the world.”
Yesterday a rep for Vybz Kartel told Urban Islandz that he strongly objected to the use of his music in the documentary and has not authorized the music video.
The incarcerated deejay has instructed his legal team address the situation.