Merciless’ family has confirmed that a mural bearing the images of Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, and Ninja Man which was painted on the Clarendon-born entertainer’s grave, was removed.
The mural, which is the heart of an ongoing controversy, is partly the reason why some of the Dancehall heavyweights mentioned, did not attend Merciless’ funeral.
In a Music News exclusive interview, Merciless’ niece known as British, blamed the painter for using the images of Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, and Ninja Man in the mural. She also said that the family thought it was best to erase their images.
Incarcerated entertainer Ninja Man in a letter, said the decision to paint a mural of their images on Merciless’ grave was disrespectful.
Bounty Killer went on a rant during an interview while in Cayman to express his disdain. Meanwhile Beenie Man is yet to comment.
One of Merciless’ biggest musical achievements occurred in 2000 when he demolished Ninja Man, Bounty Killer, and Beenie Man in a lyrical battle at Sting.
The 51-year-old entertainer born Leonard Bartley was laid to rest in a family plot in Clarendon on September 17. He was found dead on July 19 at a motel off Beechwood Avenue in St Andrew, after he complained of not feeling well.
Merciless, a pioneer of Dancehall, was renowned for hits such as, “Len Out Mi Mercy”, Mavis, Mama Cooking, Gal Gizzada, Ole Gallis, and God Alone among others.