If you think Tony "Mentally Ill" Matterhorn is only hyper
at a session to ignite a crowd, then you are sadly mistaken.
In a simple conversation it is almost exhausting to listen
to him speak so passionately about music - a subject obviously
close to his heart; his energy is infectious. He has traveled
around the world several times, carrying dancehall to its
four corners. Whether for the British Link Up during Easter,
the slew of summer parties or for Delano's revenge, which
kicks of the Christmas party season, Mr. Mentally Ill always
returns to Miss Maggie. He even attributes his duller than
expected performances to arguments he has with his now well-known
mother. If for nothing else, Matterhorn never forgets his
roots and he even admitted that he thought of returning
to King Addies.
In a relatively short time and in an unusual setting - outside
the Asylum Niteclub - Matterhorn covered everything from
the 'war' with Firelinks, the talent of Wyclef Jean at Fully
Loaded, Beenie Man's ingenuity, and, of course, the supposed
lyrical slaughter of Bounty by Merciless at Sting. Matterhorn
spoke of creating the war between himself and Firelinks
and how this war played into maintaining Links' popularity.
He did admit that Links got the better of him on a few occasions
but still boasted of his superiority. Matterhorn also hoped
that Links would be able to "maintain and manage the hype."
As for Wyclef's performance at Fully Loaded, he acknowledged
Jean's skill and use of dubs from a wide variety of persons
but still asserted his superior talent for pleasing the
people. He pointed out the hundreds (perhaps thousands)
of faithful fans who remained in the rain just to listen
to him play. Obviously, he noted, "Ah me own di beach."