As a true dancehall fan, I am perplexed by what is going on now in the industry. I can’t believe mi eyes that Mavado and Bounty Killer are not friends, or even associates. That is just crazy because Mavado was the one who first defended Bounty Killer’s legacy against Vybz Kartel when everybody had been afraid to challenge Kartel because of his gangsta reputation. But the Real McKoy did it when everybody else retreated into their shells. So now, fast-forward six years, and to see Bounty Killer and Busy Signal start to attack Mavado as a hip hop groupie him now is mind-boggling and even now, Mavado has not said launched a direct verbal assault at Killer.
The whole thing looks suspect to me. It is almost as if Bounty Killer took a look at the business and decided that the Gully-Gaza era is over since Kartel is behind bars for what could be the next 35 years, and that the Gully axis should go as well, but that makes no sense. If Bounty Killer does that, it will forever mar and destroy his own legacy. How must you as the musical father destroy your own sons? Why does he want to bring down another dancehall hero?
If you remember, the real reason that Mavado is upset with Bounty Killer is that the Warlord has failed to apologise to the family of Conroy Edwards for scandalous statements to the effect that “ah Mavado and him friend dem mash up mi party”. I don’t know what happened that night in the Quad, I was not there, but Killer was visibly upset on TV. He perhaps made the statement in the heat of the moment but Edwards died a few days later, and to this day. Killer has not come forward to say anything to the family, or even to Mavado, not even to offer condolences for his dead friend. Mavado still mourns for Edwards so he must have been a close friend for him to be so upset. We all have friends, I have friends who I will mourn through a million lifetimes, but Killer seems as if he can’t understand the concept of a ‘real friend’.
Years ago, when a man died during Bounty Killer’s ‘Saddle to the East’, Bounty Killer came on television and apologised and even promised to take care of the man’s family until the child turned 18. So why has he failed to offer condolences to the family of Edwards, a man he knew personally, and who did him no harm? This is bigger than wrong or right or some misguided morality, a man has died. Where is the remorse for his death?
How could Bounty Killer be upset that Mavado bigged up Vybz Kartel when the two of them were gladiators on the field of battle and have mutual respect for each other? Why does Bounty Killer want the upcoming generations to have the same level of blind jealousy and envy that has taken over his life? He doesn’t want the new generations to break the cycle of violence and negative energy that has led to several of our top artistes being killed or incarcerated? Why Bounty Killer? Why?
Why are you on a campaign to mash up the Gully and divorce it from the Alliance? What chapter in the Laws of Power are you acting out now?