Bounty Killer is calling out producers for ravaging dancehall culture.
The Warlord Veteran blasted Dancehall producers for watering down the dancehall culture with hip hop and pop beats that are unauthentic to dancehall. Bounty Killer urged upcoming artists to take the time to research their roots if they seek longevity in the dancehall industry.
“They are not getting any international successes from these artistes. If you notice Charly Blacks is doing better than most of the bigger names, because they are not doing the right stuff. But the music is growing but I think they need to pay attention to the roots and listen back where it came from,” Bounty Killer said in a recent interview in Trinidad on Red 96 Radio.
He feels like producers are guiding newer artists such as Popcaan and Alkaline down the wrong path by giving them trap and rap beats to deejay on. The Warlord expressed that these new artists lack the proper skills, techniques, and lessons due to producers trying to stray away from the authenticity of the culture.
“If you notice, when I came I moved over to the beat that Shabba and Ninja and Supercat was on. I jumped on the Punany, the Sleng Teng, the Answer the Stagalack – all a dem. But when Popcaan and Alkaline come, they throw dem on the Island Pop and the dancehall Trap and all these things, so they will never ever develop the skills that Bounty learn from Shabba and Ninja cause they are using different tunes and they are given different lessons,” the Killer said.
Bounty Killer expressed that the producers are responsible for the direction of the music and he strongly believes that they are not giving artists the right tools.
“So the producer and the musicians have a lot to do with the direction. Because they give you a beat and they say ‘this beat is a party beat’. Da beat yah sound like is a reality beat…the first thing they do is lay the beat, and you follow,” he continued.
“So the producers are the ones reducing the artistes and the music because they are not giving dem di right tool so they end up the wrong fields. Because if you are gonna give me pliers and spanner, I can’t be a carpenter; I am going to be mechanic, so they are giving the wrong tools…,” he emphasized.
Bounty Killer insists that it’s not just about the lyrics or it being a gangster song. It’s about the raw authentic dancehall beat that keeps the song distinguished from other genres and it remains a classic.
“So we are not having music that lasts like Poor People Fed Up. How much youths have a music that last 15 years? If I run out, I can sing my first hit song ‘Coppershot’ (because) everybody still remembers; it stays. So is not the lyrics. Is just another gangster song. Is no more deeper lyrics than anybody lyrics. Is the beat! That general rhythm, it stays!” the veteran artiste argued.
“So they don’t give dem good foundation, so the music falls off. That’s one of my main concern. The music is not authentic anymore. I neva hear Soca and don’t know a soca, cause dem neva lose that steel pan, they never loose that sound” he noted
“It’s just like the cowbell in Jamacia…that Punany riddim when you hear that you know its a Jamaican song. They stop using our sound. They just use the pattern of the beat but the music, sound like everything, so if we were not singing Patois, you can’t know. If you put a rapper on these beats you will believe is a foreign song. You wouldn’t know it comes from Jamacia because it’s not authentic.”
The Party Animal Charly Black posted the clip of Bounty’s interview on his Instagram page. Amoung Charly, other heavy hitters in the dancehall industry like Beenie Man and Kool Ravers posted their opinions on the Grungazilla interview.
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Beenie man commented “Facts!! Been a seh this” and dancer Kool Ravers voiced his agreeance: BOGLE TELL THEM YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO BASIC MANY PEOPLE STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND A JUST THE HYPE THAT IT’S NOT EVERLASTING GWAN DO IT COUNTRY BWOY DON’T WATCH THE HYPE ME G IT WILL FADE AWAY @charlytrelawnyblack HISTORY YOU CREATE