Tommy Lee Sparta gained fame as a member of Adidjahiem Records and the associated Portmore Empire crew under the leadership of Vybz Kartel. He has been a controversial figure in dancehall due to his self-described “Gothic Dancehall” style, which often features dark and Satanist-inspired subject matter. In late 2007, Tommy Lee Sparta started deejaying at Snipa Studios in Flanker, where he recorded his first song, “Spartan Story.” In addition to performing at local shows, he also opened for Vybz Kartel’s performances. Kartel, noticing that the artist was receiving positive responses from the crowd, invited him to move to Kingston and become a part of the Portmore Empire, Kartel’s music crew. The offer, however, was declined by Tommy Lee Sparta, who was hesitant to leave his family and neighborhood.