Dancehall superstars, Bounty Killer and Ninja Man are threatening to boycott STING 2012, citing disrespect by the stage show’s lead promoter, Isaiah Laing. This comes after an interview aired on Television Jamaica’s (TVJ) Entertainment Report in which Laing spoke of the potential clash between Bounty Killer and ‘Gaza’ deejay, Tommy Lee while speaking to his seemingly tenuous relationship with Ninja Man.
During the interview, Laing hinted that Tommy Lee could defeat Bounty Killer in a clash, comparing Lee to former heavyweight boxer, Mike Tyson while suggesting that Bounty Killer could end up being Trevor Berbick, the late Jamaican-born heavyweight champion who Tyson defeated to win his first title in 1986.
STING promoter, Isaiah Laing talks the potential Bounty Killer vs. Tommy Lee clash at STING 2012 as well as Ninja Man on TVJ’s Entertainment Report.
Video: TVJ’s Entertainment Report (October 26, 2012) – Featuring Isaiah Lain
Furthermore, Laing diffused the possibility of bringing back Ninja Man and fellow Dancehall legend, Shabba Ranks to the popular stage show, stating that both artistes were difficult to work with.
The remarks angered Bounty Killer, who went on a Twitter tirade against Laing, implying that the Supreme Promotions head has disrespected many of the industry’s top names over the years while threatening that he would not perform at STING 2012.
“Who Laing think him be ppl??? I watched him dissed Beenie, dissed Vado dissed Kartel now dissed Ninja. Dissed me numerous times and finally dissed me again. A the nail inna that Sting coffin now that’s all folks!!” Bounty Killer tweeted.
He continued, “It’s official I Rodney Price a.k.a Bounty Killer won’t be doing STING this year, don’t know when again either ppl, Laing too bright to be comparing me to a insect inna music, and did they ask me if I’d clash anybody? Nope, but if it was just about the hype and money at this stage in my career I ‘d do it just for the fun of it, but it’s about demanding my respect and protecting my legacy and legendary iconic status.”
Ninja Man also intimated that will boycott STING 2012, suggesting in an interview with the Jamaica STAR that Laing has been undermining him for far too long.
“How Mr. Laing fi waan chat disrespectful tings bout me and then mi turn round and do him show? Him nah feed me, mi nah wuk Sting fi love nor money. Mi rich, mi nuh need him. No other deejay caan take my title a Sting. A mi and Super Cat pull the biggest crowd, so tell Mr Laing say him can gwaan, mi nuh need him,” he said.
“Mr Laing is a very ungrateful person. Him a try replace me, but him know say if me did deh pon Sting, any deejay weh try clash me wudda dead. Laing nuh know what it takes fi make Sting happen. Him say me nuh impress him, but mi nah try impress no man inna dancehall, mi try impress the girls dem. I don’t need Sting. Mi a businessman, mi nuh bruk and hungry.”
Ninja Man did hail friend and fellow deejay, Kiprich as an entertainer who can carry the mantle at STING, even claiming that the Clear singer would defeat Tommy Lee at STING in a clash.
For his part, Laing vehemently denies that he dissed either artiste in the ER interview, stating that he would replay the interview to see if he was misinterpreted.
The lineup for STING 2012 currently features Bounty Killer, Tommy Lee, Mavado, Kiprich, Aidonia, Popcaan and Khago. This year’s edition of STING will take place on December 26 (Boxing Day) at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine.