Busta Rhymes appeared to have dived deep into his archives to locate an old video clip of Kanye West purportedly talking on the phone with jailed Dancehall musician Vybz Kartel.
Rhymes, who was born in New York to Jamaican parents, told the rapper, “Mi wah hear yuh Jamaican accent you nuh Kanye,” as Ye looked to be conversing with the Fever deejay.
“I’m not coming in with some rude Jamaican accent talking to Vybz Kartel man,” Kanye said.
“Maan, I just wanna send you some love bro,” Kanye is heard telling Kartel, who has been in prison since September 2011.
Kanye, who was standing on a suburban street with the Touch It rapper and a few others, would later divulge in a (dated) phone call that he was “working on this joint.”
Some observers have noted that the video footage is at least a year old, and was presumably shot in 2016/2017.
Busta Rhymes has been on a mission to “free the world boss” since Kartel was jailed in 2014, making many internet petitions for the deejay’s freedom. He even visited Kartel’s court hearing in Kingston, Jamaica in 2014 to show his undying support.
Throughout the years, the Teacha has been a mainstay in many of Busta’s musical undertakings. The two have worked together on the singles You Already Know ft. T Pain, Twerk It remix, Wine & Go Down, and Girlfriend ft. Tory Lanez, which featured cameos from Ninjaman, Beenie Man, Foota Hype, and Junior Reid in the music video.
Rhymes included Kartel on his Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God album in 2020, with the tune The Don & The Boss, which debuted in August.
Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, is now awaiting the verdict of his appeal at England’s Privy Council.
For the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, the artist was sentenced to 35 years to life in jail before being eligible for parole. Following an appeal in 2020, it was reduced to 32 years and six months.