If there was any doubt as to whether or not the friendship between Alliance leader, Bounty Killer and long-time protégé, Mavado was in tatters, that doubt has now turned to certainty after Bounty recently released a scathing diss track aimed at the ‘Gully Gad.’
The song, Death Work, released on Wednesday, calls out Mavado and his management team after a series of subliminal disses that Bounty believes were aimed at him by his protégé. Since the start of the year, songs like Dem a Try Style Man and Pon Di Gully contained lyrics that seemingly took thinly-veiled shots at Bounty. The latter song drew a terse response from the ‘Grung Gaad,’ in which he said "A one general inna music bout bex bad, and dem nuh wah see a next gad? Tell madden send him best bag.”
In Death Work, Bounty Killer says Mavado sold out ever since landing his deal with We The Best Music Group, deejaying, “Sign yu to Khaled, sen yu guh foreign to make a outreach, yu tun rapper groupie, deh dung a South Beach and have the heart fi come a run off yu mouth peace, pass yu place a yu career a gonna out it, everything pon the Gully mi a rub out it. Bwoy tell yu bout yu madda and yu big him up, yow yu been a drop words come act big enough confront the General, hope yu can live it up.”
He also says, "Mi nah forgive dem, dem know all dat they have done...father a done di son."
Mavado has yet to respond to this new diss track. Death Work is the strongest signal yet that he and Bounty Killer are not on good terms after years of speculation. The relationship between both deejays has been rocky ever since 2011 following a fatal shooting incident outside of Bounty Killer’s birthday party at the QUAD nightclub in Kingston in June 2011 which claimed the life of Mavado’s friend, Conroy ‘Connie’ Edwards. Despite the fatality, Bounty reportedly never offered condolences for Mavado’s loss, instead blaming him for causing trouble at his party. The two have talked on and off ever since.
Another Alliance deejay, Busy Signal hinted at the tension between the two in a single, Real Talk which was labelled as a ‘Mavado warning.’ In that song, he deejayed, "Singer nuffi a war Bounty real talk, him nuh memba when him bruck and when him hungry? A beg the bills and the 50? Tell him nuh be an ungrateful pickney, Killa a di man wey help people pickney buss di youths outa the slum fi mek it musically. Now yu mek it pon yu own a feed yu family. Rodney Price cudda neva be mi enemy."