Tommy Lee Sparta formerly Tommy Lee, born Leroy Russell Junior is a dancehall artiste,Deejay, and lyricist from Flankers Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Popular dancehall act Vybz Kartel discovered young Tommy Lee Sparta.
Let’s take a look at his biography below.
Tommy Lee Sparta Full Name
He was born Leroy Russell Junior but he goes by the stage name Tommy Lee Sparta. It was formerly just Tommy Lee.
Tommy Lee Sparta Age
He was born on the 4th of November, 1987 in Flankers Montego Bay, Jamaica. He is currently 33 years old
Tommy Lee Sparta Hometown
He was born on the 4th of November, 1987 in Flankers Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Tommy Lee Sparta Early Life and Education
Russell grew up in Flanker an unofficial residential community located just east of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. He has 4 sisters and an older brother.
He describes his upbringing as difficult, having lost his father at the age of 9. He attended Anchovy High School in the nearby town of Anchovy.
He had his first child at the age of 14 while he was in eighth grade by his high school sweetheart, Donna who was then in the eleventh grade.
Tommy Lee Sparta Career
Tommy Lee Sparta gained popularity as a member of Adidjahiem Records and the associated Portmore Empire crew under the leadership of Vybz Kartel.
He began deejaying in late 2008 at Snipa Studios in Flanker, where he recorded his first song, “Spartan Story.” During this time, he performed as an opening act for local shows, including several from Portmore artist Vybz Kartel.
It wasn’t until his performance at Vybz Kartel’s Birthday Bash on 7 January 2010 that he decided to take the idea of being a musician seriously, and he soon accepted the offer to become an official member of the Portmore Empire together with the gaza team.
Tommy Lee Sparta’s breakthrough hit came with “Some Bwoy (Link Pon Wi Chain)” on the 2011 So Bad Riddim.
However, it wasn’t until well after Kartel’s arrest and the release of the music video in 2012, under new management from Junior “Heavy-D” Fraser, that the single gained traction.
The single worked its way to the number one spot of many of Jamaica’s informal music charts, including Pree Dis and Entertainment Report, and the video was in heavy rotation on Caribbean stations such as RETV, Hype TV, and Tempo Networks.
In May 2012, Adidjahiem Records was shut down, citing the legal issues of owner Vybz Kartel and lack of ability to represent/promote artists as reasons for the closure. Along with former labelmate Gaza Slim.
Tommy Lee Sparta started a new label called PG13, which would be run by himself until Vybz Kartel was released from jail. The label’s roster notably omits Popcaan, the other major labelmate at Adidjaheim.
In September 2012, Tommy Lee announced that he would be changing his stage name to Tommy Lee Sparta for trademark purposes, and to differentiate himself from Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and actor Tommy Lee Jones.
The element “Sparta” was derived from an informal name given to the part of Flankers where he grew up. The move was suggested by his lawyer as a way to thwart potential copycat musicians from impersonating the artist.
Tommy Lee Sparta Controversy
In September 2012, a feud formed between Tommy Lee Sparta and Alliance leader Bounty Killer over a series of Twitter posts that were perceived as an insult to Tommy Lee Sparta.
This was widely believed to be a reference to Tommy Lee Sparta’s “Uncle Demon” persona and a threat against the artist regarding the upcoming Sting music festival on Boxing Day.
Bounty Killer, however, denied that the tweet was directed towards Tommy Lee Sparta, stating that the message was against the devil and not any artist in particular.
Tommy Lee Sparta released the music video for a new diss track directed towards Bounty Killer entitled “Goat Head.” Bounty Killer responded the next month with two diss songs of his own, “Di Gaad” and “Nyammy Lee.”
As a result of the growing feud, the two artists were slated to clash at the 2012 Sting music festival, with Bounty Killer comparing the matchup as equivalent to “a giant and an ant.”
However, when Sting’s lead promoter, Isaiah Laing, implied that Tommy Lee Sparta might have a chance of defeating the veteran artist, Bounty Killer saw the remark as an insult and cancelled his performance.
During Tommy Lee Sparta’s performance at Sting, he expressed his support and respect for Bounty Killer, and both artists have since stated they consider the feud to be over.
On April 6, 2018 Jahmiel released a song titled “Blueface”. Lyrics such as “mi put a cross pon di bullet and murda di demon” was considered as a diss towards Tommy Lee.
Jahmiel then made a subliminal diss track known as “Anyweh” counteracting Tommy Lee’s “Dismiss” which was thought to be a diss but was not.
The feud then got intense with diss tracks such as “Bait” , “Dead Bwoy Leroy” , “Dead Bwoy Jahmiel” and “Burial” in that order. On May 21st Tommy Lee was arrested and the feud was put on hold.
In February 2014 he was accused along with four others in connection with a lottery scam,he was proven to be innocent of the lottery scamming in 2019.
He was unlawfully detained for nearly a week and was ordered to be released by a judge in May 2019.
Tommy Lee Sparta Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
His official Instagram username is @tommyleesparta. He is known on Twitter as @TommyLeeSparta. His Facebook page account is Tommy Lee Sparta.
Tommy Lee Sparta Latest Songs
Tommy Lee has quite a number of hit tunes to his credit. Among them is the banger Tattoo, Lifestyle, Procreator, Vanilla, among many others. You can download and listen to Tommy Lee’s music here.