Buju Banton might not be a household name in the U.S., but the reggae singer is perhaps the biggest star without the last name "Marley" that the genre has produced in decades. Banton has been nominated five times in the Grammys' Best Reggae Album category, finally taking home the award four months ago for his album Before the Dawn. However, that'll probably be the last Grammy that Banton wins for the foreseeable future. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for his role in a massive cocaine deal. Banton was also found guilty of bad things like possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense.
This was Banton's second time facing trial for the charges; last year, a judge ruled a mistrial after the jury became deadlocked. While many figures in the hip-hop world posture themselves as drug kingpins in their music, Banton was reportedly enjoying an actual side job as a Scarface-in-the-making.Read More »from Reggae Star Buju Banton Going to Prison for a Long Time