By Marc Parc
Any hope that Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer will perform at STING 2012 seems all but dashed after the 'War Lord' confirmed his intention to skip the popular stage show.
The Alliance leader, who initially was on the STING lineup, declared that he would not perform at STING following 'disrespectful' comments made by the show's lead promoter, Isaiah Laing in an interview, implying that 'Gaza' deejay and current rival, Tommy Lee Sparta had a good chance of defeating him in a clash.
Though speculation within Dancehall circles was rife that Bounty Killer was bluffing, the 'Grung Gaad' confirmed during a radio interview on Wednesday that he was serious. The iconic entertainer stated that his STING deposit was returned a week and half ago and the contract originally signed to do the show is now null and void.
"I've said it previously that I'm not gonna do STING because of certain insults that were thrown at me. To this day, nothing has been reconciled," he said.
This now puts to rest any possibility of a headline clash between Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee after weeks of building up. The two deejays have been at odds ever since comments Bounty made via Twitter in which he questioned artistes who made demonic references in their songs. This later led Tommy Lee to record a scathing diss aimed in Bounty direction, called Goat Head, triggering a series of disses between the two.
Bounty Killer said that he's not interested in a clash with Tommy Lee because he's 'bigger than that.'
"I'm not interested, I'm not interested in clashing with no little insect artiste," he said."That's where them trying to take it and I'm bigger than that."
The official launch of STING 2012 took place last night in Kingston, unveiling the official poster for the show. This year's show will be held on December 26 (Boxing Day) at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine and will feature high-profile acts such as Mavado, Popcaan, Aidonia, Sizzla, Khago, Ninja Man and Kiprich, amongst many others.
Though he is passing on this year's show, Bounty Killer has not ruled out hte possibility of doing STING in the future.
"I'm not gonna say I won't ever do it again, it's a concert that I like to express my 'gladiatorism, 'but, at this moment, unfortunately, the promoters messed it up."