It seems to have taken Bounty Killer nearly 20 years to get over his wrath, following American band No Doubt’s insertion, against his wishes, of a naked man in the music video for their Grammy-winning, and now Gold-selling collab Hey Baby.
The 2002 song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 8, 2021, along with No Doubt’s Underneath It All with Lady Saw after both tracks sold over 500,000 units. Both songs were produced by veteran duo Sly & Robbie for the group’s 2X Platinum Rock Steady album.
Back in 2002, the controversial video for Hey Baby, not only provided lyrical fodder for Bounty’s then arch-rival Beenie Man, but sent the Coppershot artist scurrying to the studio to defend his own honor. An unrelenting Bounty Killer, then 28 years old, had also blacklisted No Doubt, refusing to perform with them, while insisting that he would not participate in any success of which Jamaicans are ashamed.
But today while speaking on Hey Baby‘s Gold certification, Bounty told IRIEFM “This accomplishment, I am so elated about it and would like to say congratulations to No Doubt on this special accomplishment, big up.”
“Hey Baby 20 years old and now gold strong. I always knew that this collaboration between myself and No Doubt was a special one. This win is not only or me but a definite win for Reggae/Dancehall music. This tells me that the future of our music is solid gold. Kaboom,” he added.
The 47-year-old also shared an Instagram video, featuring his legendary 2002 Superbowl half-time performance of the song with No Doubt at the Louisiana Superdome. “18 years later HEY BABY. Super Bowl with @nodoubt @gwenstefani,” he captioned the post, erasing all doubt that he was still upset with the now-split band.
On Thursday, the One General posted a video clip of an interview with No Doubt leader singer Gwen Stefani speaking to DJ Khaled about the Jamaicans with whom she has worked, another indication that he was now at peace with the quartet.
“Making of Hey Baby No Doubt,” he captioned the post, tagging both Gwen and Khaled.