The Trenchtown, Jamaica-born Bounty Killer (né Rodney Price) spent time in dancehalls as a child, where his father ran a popular reggae sound system. Inevitably, Bounty Killer became an MC himself, recording his first songs (under the name "Bounty Hunter") in the mid 1990s with influential dancehall producer King Jammy. Influenced by American hip-hop as much as reggae, his "ragga" style is streetwise and aggressive, with lyrics about guns, more guns, political corruption, and his war with the police and other MCs (Beenie Man being his biggest rival). Throughout the '90s and 2000s, Bounty Killer has hit the mainstream as a guest singer on tracks by artists such as No Doubt, the Fugees, and Mobb Deep, and continues to tour and record prolifically.
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