Buju Ban­ton may have a Year Re­moved from his 10-year Manda­tory Sen­tence

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The Fed­eral Bureau of Pris­ons’ web­site is re­port­ing the artiste’s new re­lease date is De­cem­ber 8, 2018.

Buju Ban­ton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, is cur­rently be­ing held at McRae Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Ge­or­gia. He was ar­rested in 2009 on co­caine charges, given a manda­tory 10-year sen­tence in 2011, and pre­vi­ously sched­uled to be re­leased in 2019.

In 2015 the United States Jus­tice Depart­ment an­nounced it would be re­leas­ing about 6,600 in­mates early from prison in an ef­fort to re­duce over­crowd­ing and pro­vide relief to drug of­fend­ers who re­ceived harsh sen­tences. In that same year the en­ter­tainer said he would be halt­ing any fur­ther ap­peals, while the US At­tor­ney’s Of­fice an­nounced it would be dis­miss­ing a firearms charge against the singer.

Last year the en­ter­tainer’s fans got word from him in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in Vibe Mag­a­zine’s pop­u­lar ‘Boomshots’ col­umn. In it he also blasted con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, de­scrib­ing it as “mean­ing­less”.

“Tell my fans do not be dis­tracted by all the things that are tak­ing place around them be­cause it is de­signed to throw them off kil­ter, to make moral deca­dence even more wide­spread than it al­ready is, and plunge peo­ple into a state of dark­ness.

“They’re try­ing to re­verse the progress that we have made over the years through the mu­sic. And now the mu­sic is mean­ing­less. It doesn’t stim­u­late, it doesn’t ed­u­cate, it doesn’t rein­vig­o­rate. All it does is get you an­gry be­cause it’s filled with noth­ing but nar­cis­sists ex­alt­ing them­selves over the earthly pos­ses­sions that they have man­aged to get. They don’t even have any­thing—it’s crumbs.

“And there­fore, the mu­sic is suf­fer­ing. The peo­ple are suf­fer­ing. Sad­ness and gloom is pre­vail­ing. It’s wide­spread. But be pa­tient. Be­cause suf­fer­ing may en­dure for the night, but joy cometh in the morn­ing.”

Days after his con­vic­tion, Buju Ban­ton won a Grammy Award for his al­bum Be­fore Dawn. His other al­bums in­clude ‘Til Shiloh (1995), Inna Heights (1997) and Un­chained Spirit (2000).

In­car­cer­ated reg­gae singer Buju Ban­ton could be re­leased ear­lier than ex­pected.

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