Dancehall Rediscovery: Whatever happened to… Predator?

August 29, 2013

Words by โ€”Tami Tsansai

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Weโ€™ve all had moments where a random tune pops into our heads, or we turn the radio on just in time to hear a high school favourite coming at us through the speakers, instantly making the day. Thatโ€™s the energy whenever I hear a track from one of these deejays… Hawkeye, Predator, Warrior King… where are all those wicked Jamaican dancehall artistes who used to โ€˜run de placeโ€™ now? I for one certainly miss their flava, so I thought it fitting to pay homage to a few of them with a series this week. Check out the first one after the jump.

Whatever happened to… Predator?

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Remember him? The man who officially ushered the โ€˜mad’ and ‘head goneโ€™ slangs into Jamaican popular culture? Yeah, that guy. He is definitely not everyoneโ€™s cup of tea, you either appreciate his gimmickry or youโ€™re annoyed by it. Still, I was thankful for his light-hearted approach to the music and thereโ€™s no doubt that he had a good dancehall run in the early 2000s with his โ€˜head nuh goodโ€™-based tracks. We’re still not too sure what he’s doing now, or whether he even plans to make a comeback, but he did give some insight into what happened with his career recently in an interview with Entertainment Report‘s Anthony Miller:

โ€œI donโ€™t really have any manager because Bounty Killer did everything for me, so when a promoter book Bounty Killer him say we got everybody, so these things became a setback. Loyalty buil’ you and kill you.โ€

Here are some of his popular tracks to jog your memory…