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Remembering A Game-Changing Album Twenty Years Later
All Eyez On Me. The Don Killuminati. Reasonable Doubt. The Score. It Was Written. ATLiens. Nineteen Ninety Six was an epic year for hip hop album releases.
It was also a decisive year for dancehall breaking through to urban America. Twenty years ago this month, Bounty Killer released My Xperience on Blunt Recordings, a new joint venture between perennial reggae powerhouse V.P. Records and TVT Records, a New York-based indie specializing in “TV Tunes.” Featuring collabs with some of the biggest rappers and producers in hip hop—The Fugees, Mobb Deep, Raekwon, RZA, Busta Rhymes, Erick Sermon, Jeru the Damaja—My Xperience did that and more.
The album truly changed the game for dancehall in the hip hop space. In an exclusive Boomshots interview, Bounty Killer calls it “the greatest album” of his illustrious career and shares his memories of working on the historic project. We also spoke with Killer’s then-manager Johnny Wonder, now the V.P. of 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution to share his experiences making My Xperience.
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Rodney Price aka Bounty Killer also known as the Warlord, the Poor People Governor, the Five Star General, and @GrunGaadZilla. His lyrical attack changed the sound of modern dancehall in the early 1990s. Apart from his own body of work he championed talents include the Scare Dem Crew and the Alliance, bringing forth future champions like Elephant Man, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, and Busy Signal.
Johnny Wonder is the man responsible for The Warlord’s first three albums on V.P. Records: Roots, Reality & Culture (1993), Down In The Ghetto (1994) and Face To Face with Beenie Man. Rather than simply compiling productions from the likes of King Jammy’$, John John and Wonder’s own Ghetto Vibes label, He is now the V.P. of 21st Hapilos Digital distribution.
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