IN the last two years, some high-profile dancehall acts have felt the long arm of the law. One of them, flamboyant deejay Vybz Kartel, has been in custody for the past two months on murder charges.
It is a serious situation but deejay Lazer Maytrix puts a humorous spin on his colleagues' predicament with Inna Jail, his latest song which was produced by Raneal 'Shaka' Onfroy and released by Shakwave Records.
Maytrix is among the thousands of Jamaicans who follow the legal woes of dancehall's elite through the media. He said the dramas were tailor-made for song and in a jiffy, Inna Jail was born.
"Dem sey music an' art imitate life an' dat's true. So far, most people find the song funny an' there's no bad vibes," he said.
Released late last year on the Water Steam 'riddim', Inna Jail, according to Maytrix, has been getting 'crazy airplay'. He says it is his most successful recording since returning to Jamaica from the United States six years ago.
Born Frederick Marsh in Montego Bay, Maytrix counts Mega Banton, Capleton and Assassin as his biggest influences. He began recording 10 years ago for Warlord Records, a Miami company run by his older brother Mark Marsh.
His next move was to the established Heavy Beat Records, owned by musician/producer Willie Lindo, but he failed to make a mark on the south Florida scene.
Maytrix decided to take a chance by moving back to Jamaica in 2006 and has kept busy recording for different producers. The arrest of several dancehall artistes on charges from homicide to assault and electricity theft inspired him to hook up with Fearon on the rib-tickling Inna Jail.
Maytrix insists he is not a novelty act and hopes Inna Jail will open even more doors for his songs. His next recording, When Wi Talk, is expected to be released later this month.