[KINGSTON, Jamaica] – The General. The Warlord. The Killer. The Poor People’s Governor. Jamaica’s Most Wanted. And the list goes on and on. Bounty Killer is the baddest dancehall deejay on the planet. Born in Trenchtown and raised in the “Dungle” (a community founded on the Kingston City dump), Rodney Price, the last son in a family of nine children, became the voice of the poor, hungry, and desperate.
King Jammy’s Riddims
Groomed as an artist on the early digital riddims of King Jammy’s, Bounty released the classic “Coppershot” in 1992. Johnny Wonder, a pivotal figure in North America Dancehall, released the tune in New York turning it into an underground success before it took off in Jamaica. Following up with a string of equally uncompromising releases, Bounty Killer solidified himself with the streets.
But it was not until 1996, when the Warlord released his seminal album “My Xperience,” that the mainstream world began to take notice. The album featured collaborations with such hip hop notables as Busta Rhymes, The Fugees, Wu Tang Clan, and Jeru The Damaja. “My Xperience” serves as the benchmark against which all other hip hop/reggae hybrids are measured…although it was the dancehall collaboration with reggae legend Barrington Levy that produced the album’s biggest hit with “Living Dangerously.” The album spent an unprecedented 6 months at number 1 on the Billboard Reggae char, and 2 months on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
2001 saw Bounty Killer’s popularity and commercial appeal reach an even greater height with his feature on the No Doubt record “Hey Baby.” “Hey Baby” served as the 1st single off of their double-platinum album “Rock Steady.” The song jumped to the top 5 of the U.S. and British pop chards and helped propel Bounty Killer to the forefront of entertainment, appearing alongside No Doubt at the Super Bowl and on the UK’s Top of The Pops.
Now that the world knows who Bounty Killer is, we are ready to introduce them to his history. “Nah Nuh Mercy…” features some of Killer’s most poignant work from every era of his career. This best-of collection has it all…the gun tunes, the gal tunes, and the songs that speak for the sufferer. “Nah Nuh Mercy…” will be a must-have piece for early loyalists and new fans alike.