5th Element
Bounty Killer
TVT-Blunt Recordings
09 - 01 - 2000

Track list
  1. Fifth Element
  2. Anytime
  3. Show Mi Dem
  4. Mr. Wanna Be
  5. Bullz Of Chicago
  6. Free (Freedom) featuring Barrington Levy
  7. Eaden & Sheeden featuring Junior Reid
  8. Fortune And Fame
  9. Population
  10. Too Busy To Die
  11. Lord Of Da Warriors
  12. Tempt Me
  13. Request
  14. Mr. Tear And Bore
  15. Anytime (Remix)
  16. Look (Hidden Bonus Track)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Brigadier Jerry and Ranking Joe were the early influences of one Rodney Price, who made his recording debut in 1990 when he voiced his first single for King Jammy's brother Uncle T and continued to record for Jammy & family until 1995 when he founded his own Priceless label. Throughout the decade this hardcore deejay played a prominent role in Dancehall music and managed to gain large international success.
With "5th Element" the top rankin deejay Rodney Price aka Bounty Killer (sometimes also spelled Bounty Killa) releases an album which will fit the Dancehall massive better than its predecessor, "Next Millennium", which geared equally for fans of Hip Hop and Dancehall. Rather than preaching - like for example the cultural deejays Capleton and Sizzla mainly do - Bounty Killer prefers to vocalise aspects of contemporary ghetto life from which some may recoil. At his best Bounty Killer is capable of writing such profound and cutting lyrics that his songs sometimes cause controversy as in case of the hidden bonus track, the brilliant single "Look", which was banned from the radio in Jamaica.
"5th Element" features many of Bounty Killer's best records of the past year or so including the ferocious and essential piece "Anytime" across Dave Kelly's tumultuous "Bruk Out" riddim followed by another killer for Dave Kelly, "Show Me Dem", utilizing the "Backyard" riddim. Then more Bounty Killer badness with the Fat Eyes produced "Sleng Teng" cut, the solid "Mr. Wanna Be" and "Bullz Of Chicago". His combination with Junior Reid is an enjoyable effort, which actually outmatches the other combination song featured on this set, "Free (Freedom)". Fat Eyes has licked over Alton Ellis' Treasure Isle classic "I Can't Stand It" and Bounty Killer sees to it in a devastating return to form with his awesome "Too Busy To Die". Authority and class stamped all over this wicked roots reality outburst. "Tempt Me", "Request" and the wicked, Bobby Konders produced, "Mr. Tear And Bore" maintain the high quality standard of Bounty Killer's excellent last delivery before he enters the next millennium. Not to be missed !!