Demon Dialogue: Read Tommy Lee Sparta’s Fader Feature + Stream His ‘Grim Reaper’ EP

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley—

Tommy Lee Sparta photo by Martei Korley

On a windy afternoon this August, LargeUp creative director/co-founder/chief photographer Martei Korley and myself traveled to the New Kingston apartment of Tommy Lee—or, as he’s now 100% officially known, Tommy Lee Sparta—to interview dancehall’s most talked-about new artist, for The Fader. We watched Jamaica’s 1-2-3 finish in the men’s 200-meter final at the Olympics (after which Usain Bolt gave TV cameras the Gaza salute while boasting “Man, psycho!”) in the artist’s living room, and talked about why his music is so dark (he’s got some pretty compelling reasons), his plans to make conscious tunes (sample his first one, “No Love” over at, and his desire to be a role model for di youth dem. Read the full story, which appears in the magazine’s upcoming Issue #82, out on newsstands next week, here.

It’s already been a big week for Mr. Sparta on several fronts. Not only does he have his first feature in a major international magazine, but he also dropped his first EP yesterday. The Grim Reaper EP gathers recent hits “Psycho,” “Tom & Jerry” and “Uncle Demon,” the Vybz Kartel combination “Informer” and lesser known tunes like the quasi-soca “Gal Yuh Perfect.” Stream it below.

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  1. Tommy Lee Sparta EP - Grim Reaper - U.I.M Records

    […] Jesse Serwer, and LargeUp creative director/co-founder/chief photographer Martei Korley – the author of the photo taken at UIM Records studio posted above, traveled to  Tommy Lee’s  New Kingston apartment , went at U.I.M. Records headquarters and spent some  quality time in Uncle Demon’s living room while Usain Bolt was winning in the track field at London Olympic Games 2012 and Sparta was blasting his own Psycho tribute tune in honor of Bolt that in response was doing the Gaza signs in worlwide’s stream! […]


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