Mavado talks in-depth about Bounty Killer feud

Mavado has sent some stinging words in the direction of Bounty Killer, speaking in depth about his feud with his ex-mentor for the first time.by Jodee Brown

Dancehall star, Mavado has opened up about his ongoing feudwith former mentor and Alliance leader, Bounty Killer, claiming a lack of respect, among other things have cause the falling out between the two deejays.

Mavado appeared on CVM’s OnStage talk show, aired Saturday night, speaking from the We The Best Music Group headquarters about the issues between himself and Bounty. In the interview,Mavado held nothing back, joking that Bounty must be ‘mixing Hennessey with crack,’ after questioning his loyalty to the Allianceand calling him a ‘sellout,’ saying he’s always shown his ex-mentor respect.

“Mi stand up beside yuh straight and mi show yuh loyalty and respect straight, everywhere inna di world mi go, mi she big up Killa when yuh nah dweet,” he said. “How Killa fi get up and she mi nuh show loyalty and who sellout. Weh u mean by dat Killa? A your actions mek we inna da spot hah today.”

Mavado then brought up the fatal shooting outside the QUADnightclub in Kingston in 2011, outside Bounty Killer’s birthday party, which claimed the life of his best friend, Conroy ‘Connie’ Edwards.He says Bounty acted disloyal in the first place by having the party at a club which was partially owned by then rival deejay, Vybz Kartel. However, his biggest gripe remains that Bounty never sent condolences to him about his loss, instead blaming him for ruining his party.

“After what happen at the club, Killa still couldn’t tell mi condolences fi mi friend,” he said. “Him couldn’t look pon mi fren mother, daughter, family and seh simple condolences, and remember she is a ute weh u know too,” saying Bounty used to have Edwards run errands for him and even hung out with him and Mavado the week before the shooting.

Following a slew of diss songs Bounty Killer aimed at Mavado, the ‘Gully Gaad’ maintained that the songs were not up to par, saying Bounty sounded ‘hungry’ more than angry. He even said he went to great lengths to defend his then mentor, but never felt he got enough credit for it.

“Me a di defending champion fi di Alliance, when you nah do nutten, when a man a diss you to the last ground and you couldn’t defend yuhself. Mi loyal to the Alliance weh mi help mek.”

Not only did Mavado speak openly about his issues with Bounty, he took shots at former Alliance teammate, Busy Signal, who he called an ‘idiot’ and ‘Gary Reanno Gordon,’ in reference to Busy’s hit One More Night in which some music listeners said Busy mentioned ‘Gary’ in the song.

“Oooh, mi sell platinum and this and that. 30,000 streaming inna Europe. Platinum? Yuh a gwaan like yuh sell a million copy Busy. Stop talk and top gwaan suh Busy,” Mavado said in response to Bumaye, Busy’s single with Major Lazer which went platinum in Denmark.

“Yuh nah no street cred Busy. We nuh see yuh no weh. How yah talk bout ‘di General, di General,’ and nobody nuh see yuh and Killa a par fi years now,” he added, which also calling Busy an imitation of legendary artists Shabba Ranksand Terror Fabulous.

Meanwhile, We The Best Music Group founder, DJ Khaled also spoke on the Bounty-Mavado feud, tellingOnStage, “Mavado is my friend and I heard things in the street that there is a little vibe going on… But at the end of the day Mavado will tell you I am always going to promote love and promote peace and I am always going to promote positivity because that is what a real friend is going to do.”

He also hopes for a future peace collaboration between Bounty and Mavado, writing on his Instagram page, “Everyone always ask me what’s a collaboration u would love to make happen. I tell the world I would love to make a rec wit @mavadogully @grunggaadzilla ! Jamaica STAND UP! #Alliance #wethebest the people the streets want to see this happen!! I’m going go hard and find away to make it happen !!! Jah know!!!!”

Watch the full OnStage interview with Mavado here: http://www.youtube.com/user/OnstageTVJamaica/videos

 

Krymis tells the youths that they are ‘Heading To The Top’

Gully side deejay, Krymis aka Northbound says music is his main focus despite the ongoing feud between Mavado and Bounty Killer

Gully side deejay, Krymis aka Northbound says music is his main focus despite the ongoing feud between Mavado and Bounty Killer

by Jodee Brown

In spite of the developing war between Alliance leader, Bounty Killer and long-time protégé, Mavado, emerging artist and Gully Side affiliate, Krymis aka Northbound is looking past all the negativity as he has released a single signaling his intentions as an artist, aptly-titled, Heading To The Top.

Produced by D1 Productions, this uplifting song sees the deejay live up to his Northbound moniker as he calls attention to the desire he and other ghetto youths possess in trying to reach the top of their chosen professions. Showing off his singing and deejaying skills on a up-tempo, yet conscious beat, Krymis puts true emotion into the song as he lets us know why he won’t let any negativity stop his progress while pointing out that all inner-city youths need is one chance to prove their worth in society.

“When you see the youths them a rise, just give it up, and don’t fight for the cake ‘cause it is big enough, dem nuh like ghetto youths and that’s ridiculous, badmind, grudgeful nuh wan’ fi see wi buss,” the motivated deejay sings while adding, Mi heading to the top, mi nah laugh, serious as a ute and mi nuh too talk, neva go a college, but yuh know mi street smart, true mi a no fool mek dem nuh bump mi off.”

The lyrics mirror Krymis’ mentality in a genre which, as previously mentioned, now sees two of its greats, Bounty Killer and Mavado squaring off, with the former releasing a slew of disses in his long-time protégé’s direction. Having known and been affiliated with Mavado and viewing Bounty Killer as ‘The General’ in music, Krymis insists he is taking no sides in this developing feud as his career remains his main objective.

“Right now, mi jus a do me, mi nuh inna no distractions,” he said. “I have two songs inna di juggling, playing pon regular rotation. We a get some good energy from the dance dem, including Weddy Weddy Wednesdays. That’s all I’ve ever wanted. I feel like it’s a very great step.”

In addition to promoting Heading To The Top, Krymis continues to show off his writing skills as he currently writes for fellow deejay, Quick Cook and recently featured with him on Game Over, a single feature on ZJ Liquid’s Good Book Riddim. He also is working with emerging producer, Red Boom and is featured on the Super Juggling Riddim.

Heading To The Top is a true motivational anthem that will inspire anyone to fight for their dreams no matter what surroundings they find themselves in. A sure radio hit, Krymis intends to do his best to live up to the song title with each and every effort he puts out.

Bounty Killer calls out Mavado in new song

Bounty Killer has taken his issues with long-time protege, Mavado to the studio, releasing a scathing diss track aimed at him entitled, 'Death Work.'

Bounty Killer has taken his issues with long-time protege, Mavado to the studio, releasing a scathing diss track aimed at him entitled, “Death Work”

by Jodee Brown

If there was any doubt as to whether or not the friendship between Alliance leader, Bounty Killer and long-time protégé, Mavado was in tatters, that doubt has now turned to certainty after Bounty recently released a scathing diss track aimed at the ‘Gully Gad.’

The song, Death Work, released on Wednesday, calls out Mavado and his management team after a series of subliminal disses that Bounty believes were aimed at him by his protégé. Since the start of the year, songs like Dem a Try Style Man and Pon Di Gully contained lyrics that seemingly took thinly-veiled shots at Bounty. The latter song drew a terse response from the ‘Grung Gaad,’ in which he said “A one general inna music bout bex bad, and dem nuh wah see a next gad? Tell madden send him best bag.”

In Death Work, Bounty Killer says Mavado sold out ever since landing his deal with We The Best Music Group, deejaying, “Sign yu to Khaled, sen yu guh foreign to make a outreach, yu tun rapper groupie, deh dung a South Beach and have the heart fi come a run off yu mouth peace, pass yu place a yu career a gonna out it, everything pon the Gully mi a rub out it. Bwoy tell yu bout yu madda and yu big him up, yow yu been a drop words come act big enough confront the General, hope yu can live it up.”

He also says, “Mi nah forgive dem, dem know all dat they have done…father a done di son.”

Mavado has yet to respond to this new diss track. Death Work is the strongest signal yet that he and Bounty Killer are not on good terms after years of speculation. The relationship between both deejays has been rocky ever since 2011 following a fatal shooting incident outside of Bounty Killer’s birthday party at the QUAD nightclub in Kingston in June 2011 which claimed the life of Mavado’s friend, Conroy ‘Connie’ Edwards. Despite the fatality, Bounty reportedly never offered condolences for Mavado’s loss, instead blaming him for causing trouble at his party. The two have talked on and off ever since.

Another Alliance deejay, Busy Signal hinted at the tension between the two in a single, Real Talk which was labelled as a ‘Mavado warning.’ In that song, he deejayed, “Singer nuffi a war Bounty real talk, him nuh memba when him bruck and when him hungry? A beg the bills and the 50? Tell him nuh be an ungrateful pickney, Killa a di man wey help people pickney buss di youths outa the slum fi mek it musically. Now yu mek it pon yu own a feed yu family. Rodney Price cudda neva be mi enemy.”

Mr. Vegas challenges Bounty Killer to clash at STING

Vegas-Bounty clash at STING? The two superstar deejays could be heading for a lyrical confrontation at Dancehall's largest showpiece.

Vegas-Bounty clash at STING? The two superstar deejays could be heading for a lyrical confrontation at Dancehall’s largest showpiece.

by Jodee Brown

Not known for entertaining lyrical confrontations throughout his illustrious career, Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mr. Vegas now seeks to break this mold by challenging one of the genre’s clash kings and long-time rival, Bounty Killer at STING 2013.

On Thursday, Vegas made his intention to clash the ‘War Lord’ public and insists he will not back down from Bounty at Dancehall’s most hyped showcase.

“I just put it out there to let it be known that mi a big man now and mi nah mek nuhbody feel like dem can cow mi down,” Vegas told the Jamaica STAR.

Vegas and Bounty’s years of verbal exchanges came to a head in September after a recent performance in which Vegas donned 70s plaid clothes and a fake afro, with the ‘Grung Gaad’ and his fans ridiculing the outfit. The seemingly petty argument turned into a flat out war of words with everything being questioned, from Vegas’ sexuality to Bounty’s status within the music.

Vegas later claimed that his relationship with an ex-girlfriend of Bounty’s was the reason behind this deep-seeded dislike his fellow deejay showed towards him.

Despite having no clashing experience, Mr. Vegas says he has studied enough about the history of Dancehall and the art of lyrical warfare that gives him the confidence to clash Bounty Killer and said he would even turn down his show in Dubai, scheduled for the same day as STING, just to confront the Allianceleader.

“Clash is to entertain people with lyrics, not bag a noise and nasty mouth,” he said “So, if a man come wid some fresh new lyrics, then mi wi cancel my show a Dubai and mek Laing run back the promoter food, just to show people sey mi can tek on Goliath.”

Mr. Vegas has even gone as far as to record a diss song against Bounty dubbed Bury Him Fuss, suggesting he is ready for a clash at STING.

Bounty Killer has yet to respond to Vegas’ challenge.

Last year, Bounty Killer was at the centre of another major feud, that time with former Vybz Kartel protégé,Tommy Lee Sparta, with many rumors swirling of a clash between those two at STING. However, Bounty ended that speculation by insisting he would not be at STING and that Tommy Lee Sparta was no established enough for him to take seriously in that setting.

STING 2013, the 30th anniversary of the show, will take place at Jamworld in St. Catherine on Dec., 26.

Beenie Man & Annie Khalid, the ‘Face of Pepsi’ release new single

Annie Khalid (front) has unveiled the official single for her up-tempo single, 'Boom Boom Danze,' featuring Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man.

Annie Khalid (front) has unveiled the official single for her up-tempo single, ‘Boom Boom Danze,’ featuring Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man.

by Jodee Brown

British/Pakistani singer & model, Annie Khalid is back with an infectious new pop song featuring the legendary Grammy Award winning Dancehall King, Beenie Man.

Boom Boom Danze is the catchy, upbeat and energetic dance track with a reggae twist that is looking set to be a big hit, with the backing of Annie’s army of fans worldwide, as well as introducing her to a new mainstream audience with the many Reggae & European club mixes also available.

Annie Khalid first made waves with her first single, Mahiya which spread like a virus throughout the Asian population worldwide before being picked up by leading Bollywood producers for the movie Awarapan when Annie was still in her teens. Since then she’s had worldwide success with a blossoming modelling career in which she became the face of Pepsi‘s mass marketing campaign in Pakistan, resulting in Annie’s face appearing on millions of drink cans, bottles and billboards.

Annie has also worked on campaigns with leading hairstylists Toni & Guy and had the honor of being the first Pakistani artist to do an international campaign with European telecom giant Lebara MobileShe released the single, Be My Baby with internationally recognized dance DJ Judge Jules in 2010 and another single, Just 3 Words with chart-topping British boy band A1. Annie has also had the privilege to perform at the 2012 Emmy Awards in Norway.

Annie’s impressive music and modelling career thus far has enriched an army of fans, with a following of over 400,000 fans on Facebook and thousands more across the internet. Her eagerly anticipated forthcoming single Boom Boom Danze will officially be released on September 30th and features one of the Kings of the Reggae music world, Beenie Man, adding further buzz among Annie’s already huge and rapidly growing fan base. The single features a video shot in Jamaica with Beenie Man and has already had over 150,000 hits on YouTube, with the song being a dance floor hit in clubs across Europe.

Hot on the heels of Boom Boom DanzeAnnie Khalid has teamed up with British Asian super-producer Rishi Rich for the next single, Tujhe Yaad set to release in October. Annie is also in the middle of filming aBBC TV documentary, currently titled Annie Khalid…A Woman’s World, in which she profiles her own career so far and talks to other successful Muslim women looking to break down misconceptions.