STAR of the Month : Bounty hails Scratch Perry as the greatest
Dancehall legend Bounty Killer says Lee Scratch Perry is Jamaica's greatest producer and it would be a miscarriage of justice if he was given a Grammy award ahead of the musical genius.
Bounty Killer's The Mystery was nominated alongside Scratch Perry's Jamaica E T, Capleton's Still Blazin', Freddie McGregor and Anything For You, and Alpha Blondy's Merci for the Best Reggae Album in 2003.
A year earlier the Warlord won the Grammy alongside No Doubt for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a duo or group.
Fast-forward a decade and a half and Bounty Killer is convinced that the right decison was made.
"How Bounty Killer fi get Grammy over Lee Scrath Perry ? That is the man who push Bob Marley. That is Jamaica's greatest producer. So if I end up being nominated with Jamaica's greatest producer I am salt. Because if you asked me who should win I would say Lee Scratch Perry. I could not take that Grammy over Lee Scratch and I swear on my mother's grave that if I had won that Grammy I would have given it to Lee Scratch," Bounty Killer said.
"You can't give me no Grammy over Lee Scratch Perry it would have been so wrong. Bounty Killer is a baby legend compared to Lee Scratch Perry. Him fi get him fi get him Grammy 20 years ago," he added.
How dem wait suh long? And then mi fi guh tek it? No I cant do that plus I won with No Doubt so it would have been two so no I couldn't take it. The Grammy is a good thing but its not my audience vote for it," said Bounty Killer who was also featured on Junior Gong's Grammy winning album Welcome To Jamrock.
Meanwhile, Bounty, despite having two Grammy awards under his belt, told THE STAR that he is not carried away by those accomplishments.
"My Grammy is not an individual Grammy it's a partner Grammy but its still a Grammy," he said.
"But I wouldn't really walk and boast that I am a Grammy artiste but I have done Grammy work."
"My real Grammy is the people because I don't want to win a Grammy 10 years ago and don't have an audience today. So if I I have an audience everyday that is my Grammy because a lot of Grammy artistes, nobody nuh memba dem today. People might memba the Grammy more dan dem. So to bond with the people I think that is a bigger award than to win a Grammy for one year. All of my fan from 1993 are still my fans," he said.