by Howard Campbell
[KINGSTON, Jamaica] – Cruel, a pressure in dancehall music in the course of the Nineteen Nineties, has died. The 51 year-old deejay’s physique was found right here by buddies and workers at a motel on July 19.
Police confirmed he was discovered face down. They’ve dominated out foul play.
Mates recall seeing Cruel late the earlier night. They stated he complained of feeling unwell and stated he was going to relaxation.
Cruel, whose actual title was Leonard Bartley, hailed from rural Clarendon parish. He first hit the charts in 1995 with the comical Mavis, which was adopted by hits like Outdated Gallis, Gal Gizada and Momma Cooking.
He was a favourite at Sting, a controversial dancehall present held on Boxing Day, identified for verbal clashes between high artists.
At Sting 2000, Cruel trounced Beenie Man and Bounty Killer in what many contemplate his most interesting second. The next yr, he was concerned in an unsightly onstage trade with each deejays at Reggae Sumfest leading to him being banned him completely from that present.