Bounty Killer, 5th Element

Jeff Chang

By Jeff Chang

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

5th Element

Bounty Killer

The moody, gravel-voiced Bounty Killer calls himself the defiant, truth-telling "Poor People's Governor" — and on Fifth Element, he represented. In the spring of 1999, his music was as descriptive of national turmoil as Marley's had been in 1977. When Kingston's ghettos erupted in riots, "Anytime" was the roadblock anthem. The even more menacing "Look" was preemptively banned by Radio Jamaica. Both were written and produced by the brilliant Dave Kelly, whose innovations continue to inspire Timbaland and R. Kelly.