(AllHipHop News) Buju Banton is officially a free man.
On Friday, December 7th, the reggae star was officially released from McRae Correctional Institute in Georgia, after seven years behind bars.
Buju, born Mark Myrie, was convicted in 2011 on federal drug charges. Now he has officially completed his long walk to freedom.
He was released one day early from prison, after a situation he described as "a trying and controversial sentencing.
Buju has gladly accepted deportation back to his homeland of Jamaica, where friends, family, and fans await.
When asked the first thing he was excited for as he journeyed back home, he responded with "a clean glass of water to flow through my system."
While the world may recognize Bob Marley as the godfather of reggae, Buju’s name comes as a close second.
Just one day before his trial on February 14 in 2011, he took home the Grammy for Best Reggae Album with Before the Dawn.
While he hadn’t released any new music since the reggae veteran clocked in over 22M streams in the past year on Spotify alone.
“My destination is homeward bound, though forces try hold I down. Breaking chains has become the norm. I know I must get through no matter what a gwan," Buju Banton said.
As much as he’d love to address the media, he plans to take some time for himself and his family first.
"I am looking forward to seeing and thanking all my fans and in due time. that will happen. For now, I would like to take some time, unite with my loved ones and just give Jah thanks."