Bounty Killer was born Rodney Price in the Kingston #ghetto of #Trenchtown on June 12, 1972. #BountyKiller was one of the most aggressive #dancehall stars of the '90s, a street-tough rude boy with an unrepentant flair for gun talk.
There were many other facets to his #music - condemnations of corrupt authority, collaborations with hardcore hip-hop artists, tributes to his mother, an ongoing DJ rivalry with #BeenieMan - but his main persona was so dominant that many fans instantly associated him with his more violent material.
1 of 9 children, he spent much of his childhood in another ghetto, # RivertonCity, which was built on the former city dump; his family later moved to the rough #SeaviewGardens area. His father owned a small #soundsystem, and he first tried his hand at #DJ chatting when he was only 9 years old. At age 14, he nearly fell victim to the gun violence he would later document so thoroughly in his music; while walking home from school, he was hit by a stray bullet from a gun battle between rival political factions. Fortunately, he made a full recovery, and soon began performing under the name Bounty Hunter for area sound systems like #Metromedia, #Bodyguard, and #StereoTwo.
Meanwhile, he and his friends hung around #King Jammy's recording studio, hoping to catch a break. Eventually, he met Jammy's brother Uncle T, who produced his first recordings in 1990.
Still working under the name Bounty Hunter, one of his early tunes, "Dub Fi Dub," became a huge dancehall hit as a sound system #dubplate. He subsequently changed his name to the fiercer and less common Bounty Killer, and accordingly ratcheted up the confrontational tone of his lyrics.
He had a breakout year in 1992 with several major hit singles, the biggest of which were "Copper Shot" (also an underground hit in New York) and the anti-informant "Spy Fi Die." Other songs from this era included "Guns Out," "New Gun," "Kill Fe Fun," "Gunshot Fi Informer," and "Lodge." Many of them appeared on Bounty Killer's debut album, Jamaica's Most Wanted, which was released in 1993 and later issued internationally under the somewhat deceptive title #Roots, #Reality and #Culture