STAR of the Month: Tommy Lee Sparta will be unmasked this July
STAR of the month for July is MoBay's own, Tommy Lee Sparta. Vowing to unmask and let loose, the controversial entertainer promises to share some intimate details of his life with readers.
Born and raised in the Flankers community of the second city, Tommy Lee experienced the hardship that comes with growing up in the innercity.
He lost his father at age nine and was being raised by his mother as well as older brothers and sisters. The entertainer said life for him wasn't easy and explained that things got even more difficult when he fathered his first child at 14 years old.
While he was in Grade 10 student at Anchovy High, the artiste welcomed his second child and was forced to drop out of school.
With the responsibility of two children now on his shoulders, the entertainer explained that he had to 'man up' and saw leaving school and getting a job as his way of taking care of his responsibilities.
He did what he could to provide for his family, hustling on the streets of Montego Bay to make ends meet until he decided to take music seriously.
While a student at Anchovy, he performed at many events there as well as gatherings in his hometown. He was encouraged by those who saw him in action to pursue a career as a professional and before long he recorded his first song, Spartan Story at Snipa Studios in Flankers.
That song gave him the thrust he needed and allowed him to create enough buzz in his hometown. But it wasn't until he recorded the song Warn Dem that he became a household name in Jamaica.
His place in the entertainment industry was further cemented when he became associated with Vybz Kartel's Gaza Empire. He then recorded his first tunes under the Vybz Kartel's guidance, Holding Out The Pressure on the Gangsta City Rhythm, Gypsy on the Teeza Rhythm and Money Make Friends.
His first major performance was at Reggae Sumfest 2011 alongside headliner, Vybz Kartel and other Gaza members.
With a slew of hits under his belt and with so much more left to offer, Tommy Lee believes the top of the dancehall industry is his for the taking.
You know him as an entertainer but for the entire month of July you will get to know so much more.