Beenie Man Gives Weight Loss Update: Waistline Down 15 Inches

It was the public who started the online campaign to get Beenie Man into the gym, so it’s understandable that the Dancehall deejay deems it important to give the public an update on his fitness journey.

Since seeking the services of celebrity lifestyle coach Patrice J White in May, ‘The Doctor’ says he has lost 15 inches from his waist and is on his way to becoming sexy.“Mi nuh born wid big bone and mi did small when mi did young so it never easy fi me put on weight so it a go harder fi me lose it,” he said during a recent Instagram live.

“But don’t worry bout it, mi nuh waan lose weight, mi waan turn all of this inna muscle… so just watch mi training. Give mi six months and mi and unno talk. When yuh see mi in the next six months if mi look the same way then you can cuss mi…but yuh cya beat mi after one month…cause the bad habits nah go change inna one month… Give mi until August please, unno see the changes.”

The entertainer will celebrate his birthday on August 22, and also intends to release an album that month. The catalyst for Beenie’s new lifestyle came after his performance on the online music battle series, Verzuz, with Bounty Killer on May 23.

Though the occasion boosted Jamaican music, culture, and streams for both artistes, Beenie’s protruding belly also dominated conversations, inspiring relentless memes and tweets calling for the deejay to hit the gym.

Beenie Man said he is proud of his strides, but revealed that his belly isn’t his only stubborn area.

“The problem is mi have fat every weh. Mi have fat inna mi neck, mi have fat inna mi face, mi have fat inna mi shoulder… Mi haffi lose fat every weh and if yuh nah lose fat every weh den yuh nah lose di belly, so mi haffi gwaan lose fat so see wid mi people. But by next year…mi up there, very sexy or over-sexy.”

He also gave props to his trainer for tailoring his workout routine and giving him a sense of accountability.

“Monday through Thursday mi do mi thing myself, Friday through Sunday Pat see mi,” he said. “Yuh know she cya give mi nuh tyre and dem tings deh cause mi have shoulder problems and leg problems through mi badness days, but she deal wid mi proper and she give me the proper exercises mi can do by myself and dat a weh mi love.

Beenie Man and Krystal Tomlinson

“Nobody ever gives you exercises that you can do by yourself because dem want to be a part of your thing right through. Mi like the trainer dem weh tell yuh seh you can do dat at your house or if you do dat at your house it will work until you come to me. Pat a da woman deh.”

It seems the fitness fever has taken over the family, as Beenie shared that his youngest child, Xiah, mothered by Krystal Tomlinson (also a gym enthusiast) gets into some heavy lifting of her own.

“Mi little daughter feel like she a Hercules; she lift up everything so mi haffi put the weights inna mi storeroom because the other day mi see she lift up a bottle of polish… If you know weh mi a talk bout yuh know seh a one-and-a-half-year-old baby cya lift up dat big bottle of polish, the fabuloso. My daughter pick up dat wid one hand…she nuh call nobody fi help…and den she put a next bottle pan top of it.”


Source: Dancehallmag

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Beenie Man Daggers Mystery Model In Video Shoot

Dancehall artiste Beenie Man has been working on a lot of new music, including a new music video, which is sure to send tongues wagging.

A BTS preview of a video shoot made the rounds on Twitter yesterday, which sees the artiste tastefully dressed in jeans, cream designer shoes, and shirt.

In the video, a sexy, blue-haired model is seen dancing on the artiste as they pose in front of a pair of black and white BMWs.

Beenie Man, who is 46 years old, is seen twirling the dancer who is skimpily clad in a black thong and cream bralette with a red open bolero.

The model is seen wining in front of Beenie before he leans and grabs her as he braces on the black BMW. Beenie Man slaps the model’s behind as she gyrates on him. Then, as if he is showing off his prowess, the artiste stands and walks with the model who doesn’t miss a beat. Before long, Beenie changes positions as the model is laid on the car, and the artiste shows off his skills in a suggestive way.

Fans were amused in their reactions with one Twitter commenter saying, “watch Beenie and his geriatric wine.”

Another said “watching this, and I’m cringing for Krystal-,” a reference to Beenie Man’s current partner and finance PNP politician Krystal Tomlinson.

Another fan said Beenie Man seemed to be having way too much fun – “Lol g but the fun got way more than just that music video lol at a point where he overdoing it, if you look him telling the cameraman stop recording. Now if him wife see this is a problem.”

“When I grow up, I want to be this man,” said another.

We don’t know who the mystery lady is in the video, but we’re sure we’ll be seeing more of her in the future.


Source: Dancehallmag

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Dancehall Veteran Yellowman Is Not Pleased With Beenie Man’s Remake Of ‘Zungguzungguguzungguzeng’

Yellowman, one of Jamaica’s dancehall luminaries and living legends, is not pleased with the release of Beenie Man’s remake of his iconic song, Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.

Yellow Man has expressed his discontent with the remake, which he says he hasn’t heard, proclaiming that he wished if it were anyone else but Beenie Man.  The deejay even says he would have preferred Shaggy or Sean Paul.

Zungguzungguguzungguzeng is regarded as a Dancehall classic and helped to launch Yellowman’s popularity in the 1980s.

Beenie Man and Jeremy Harding, the original producer of Beenie’s global hit song Who Am I, collaborated for an update of Yellowman’s classic. Beenie Man’s version of the song was released on Friday, July 3, 2020, and he acknowledges Yellowman in the track as the original singer and ‘King.’

Listen to both songs below.

Over the years, there has been much debate as to whether who is the King of Dancehall and who is most deserving of the coveted title. Both artistes have anchored themselves on to the throne, resulting in a never-ending feud among veterans.

They both have been a great source of entertainment and lyrical genius over the years, uplifting dancehall as one of the most potent Jamaican products in the world.

Speaking with the Jamaica Star in an interview, Yellowman shared that he would have welcomed the remake if it was done by someone else.

“I wish somebody else did do Zungguzungguguzungguzeng, maybe Shaggy or Sean Paul….Me nuh even hear it. Is a friend from England text me and tell me about it. Me have a saying, yuh always have a common mango trying to be an East Indian,” he said.

Yellowman stated that he and Beenie still share a strained relationship, and added that they don’t even acknowledge each other when they appear on the same shows.

“Me nuh deal wid him. It look like dem did want to start a rivalry with me, but I am not into those things to stain my career,” the deejay said.

When the Star contacted Beenie’s manager Rohan Smith for a comment on the matter, he stated that Beenie Man was approached by Jeremy Harding for them to record the song, which he agreed to.

“He (Beenie Man) was asked, and him never hesitate to do it. Is not like him don’t respect Yellow, but maybe Yellow feel otherwise,” Smith remarked.

The song, Zungguzungguguzungguzeng, was originally produced by Henry’ Junjo’ Lawes and released on VP’s Reggae Sound label in 1982, and Greensleeves Records later released an LP of the same name.

Both musicians are synonymous to brand Jamaica with their unmistakable voices, but they’ve been at odds in the past.  In 2006, Beenie compared Bounty Killer and Yellowman’s appearance during an interview with German-based Riddim Magazine, saying “Bounty Killer is a great artiste and he’s ugly, too. He’s got a rough thing about him, Jamaicans like that from the Shabba Rankin’ days and the King Stitt days and the Yellowman days.”

Yellowman responded to the comments saying, “Him can diss me all him like, but him caan diss the Jamaican public. What kinda ting that him say inna Riddim magazine? If me ugly, him pretty, me know say me wear shirt, him wear blouse, me wear pants, him wear skirt.”

Yellowman was born with albinism.  In 1986,  his face was left disfigured after he underwent surgery to remove a tumor caused by cancer which had spread to his jaw.

Although Beenie was crowned King of Dancehall in 2009 at the biggest reggae show on earth, Reggae Sumfest, Yellowman remains a formidable lyrical opponent like none seen before and is regarded as the people’s King.

On Instagram, Dancehall fans were divided in their opinions of the remake and the two legends.

Many took Yellowman’s side, saying Beenie Man tried to “overthrow Yellowman, then turned around and sampled his favorite song.”

“Isn’t it ironic that the same way Beenie Man treated Yellowman for his crown back then is the same way Vybz Kartel treating Beenie Man now? Moral of the story is treat ppl with respect and treat ppl the way u would want them to treat you,” said one fan.

Defenders of Beenie Man dismissed Yellowman’s comments. “Relax Yellow. Easy! Bout Sean Paul and Shaggy,” said one, while another added, “But dis nuh meck sense cause Sean Paul an Shaggy is not a Zungguzungguguzungguzeng Singer kmt Yellow memba Beenie still relevant, hes the one suitable for the remake so the younger ones know yu.”

Beenie Man’s Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.

Yellowman’s Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.]


Source: Dancehallmag

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Beenie Man Drops Visuals For ‘Do You Want To Be That Guy’ With Funny Verzuz Reenactment

The King of the Dancehall Beenie Man has dropped the video to his latest single and Verzuz catchphrase titled, Do You Want To Be That Guy?

The song is a rehashing of the record-breaking online VERZUZ battle between the Warlord Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. The video released on Saturday, June 27 on Beenie Man’s YouTube Channel, has acquired over 24 thousand views since its release.

The title of the song was inspired by an appearance by two (2) members of The Jamaica Constabulary Force during the battle who Beenie assumed were there to enforce The Quarantine Act and end the battle which was being watched live by almost 500,000 viewers from around the world.

They were asked by The King himself, “Do you really wanna be that guy?” Beenie sings:

“right there in front the world’s eyes
Here comes these two police guys
Dem intention never dat wise
Suh mi ask do you wanna be that guy?”
The video also features a reenactment of the viral battle between the two veteran DJs. In these segments of the videos, the most impactful, meme-worthy, and funny scenes from the battle were performed, including Beenie Man and Bounty’s dance moves, which generated and inspired thousands of memes.

Fans who commented called the reenactment “priceless” and had them laughing off their posteriors.  “The reenactment is priceless #onpoint,” said one fan.

“The reenactment part dem kill mii,” added another.

Though the two had their differences and many feuds over the years, but any that lingered were put aside to create a historical moment in Dancehall music. Beenie Man sends Big Ups to Bounty Killer on the track, acknowledging the impact that the Warlord has had on the younger Dancehall Artistes.

Beenie Man reminded his fans of his versatility and flow as he jogged their memories about how long he and Bounty Killer have been in Dancehall and their impact “from 45 to cassette. LP to compact disc. From 92 to 2020.”

Fans hastily took to the King of the Dancehall singer’s YouTube Channel to offer their own praises and big-ups to the King.

The catchy phrase has become the go-to question among media professionals, elites and common people alike to discourage unwelcome behavior. The single paired with the video portrays the eventful, vibrant nature of Dancehall music as well as the epic and historical night in Dancehall.  Watch it below.


Source: Dancehallmag

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‘Best of Beenie Man’ Album Back On Reggae Billboard Charts Following Veruz Clash

Veteran dancehall artiste Beenie Man’s already illustrious career is experiencing a revival since his appearance alongside fellow veteran artiste Bounty Killer on the May 23 Instagram Live Verzuz series.

The battle had over one billion impressions and according to organizer Swiss Beatz is the most successful installation of the series so far. Following the show, both Beenie Man and Bounty Killer recorded their best streaming figures of 2020.

According to Billboard Magazine and data from Nielsen Music/MRC, Beenie Man pulled 622,000 U.S. on-demand streams on May 24 while Bounty Killer had about 256,000 registered clicks. Previous to the online battle, Bounty had not yet broken the 300,000 mark for the year.

Now fans can’t seem to get enough of Beenie.  His Best of Beenie Man compilation has made a reappearance on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart at number nine.

The album, which is just about two decades old, was last on the chart in April 2001 and peaked at number four in December 2000.

Best of Beenie Man was released in November 2000 by Shocking Vibes Productions/VP Records and featured some of the Girls Dem Sugar most loved tracks like Bookshelf, Let Him Go, Slam, Romie, and the mega-hit Dancehall Queen.

The Verzuz battle has definitely given the artiste a renewed dancehall life as his last appearance on the chart was in 2016 with Unstoppable, which peaked at number three.

His resurgence has been growing steadily and the deejay recently launched a new single called Do You Want To Be That Guy. A song he created after the Verzuz battle when he used those words as he confronted a Jamaican Constabulary officer who seemed intent on stopping the show.

Since the show, Beenie has received 906,000 US streams total, which represents a 187.5 percent increase from his 315,000 streams just two days preceding the event.

According to the statistics, his top five streaming songs started with Girls Dem Sugar with 219,000 clicks between the 23rd and 24th, next was Who Am I with 75,000 clicks, King of The Dancehall with 64,000, Dude with 62,000, and Romie came in fifth with 48,000 rounds out his top five.

Bounty Killer also experienced a significant jump in his numbers. His body of music received 367,000 US on-demand streams on the 23rd and 24th. Before the show, he was just at 94,000. Since the show, he’s had a surge of 291 percent. His top five according to the stats were: Living Dangerously followed by Look, then Benz & Bimma, next was Suspense and Worthless Bwoy came in fifth.

Beenie Man has already begun to cash in on his newly sparked popularity as he recently launched a clothing line focus on his famous line “Do you really want to be that guy.” Both deejays have worked tirelessly over the years to create a global platform for dancehall and were probably two of the most popular deejays in the nineties. It seems only fair that they are now able to reap some rewards.


Source: Dancehallmag


Beenie Man Drops New Single ‘Do You Want To Be That Guy’: Listen

Still riding the high waves from his Verzuz battle with the iconic Bounty Killer, dancehall legend ‘The Doctor’ Beenie Man now has a new track.

Do You Want To Be That Guy is his new single and just in case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s his infamous catchphrase from that night in history, Saturday, May 23rd when he and the Warlord went head to head in what has become the most popular Verzuz battle of all time.

During Round-12 of the live-streamed performance and with almost 500,000 viewers watching, two oblivious police officers entered the studio in assumed attempts to halt the show due to breaches of the mandated COVID-19 curfew orders. Once the two contenders became privy of what was happening, Bounty stepped off-camera, while Beenie (still in battle-mode) stood up to the officers.

After letting the cops know they were streaming live, Beenie proceeded to ask one of the men, several times actually, “Do you want to be that guy?” meaning the person who would be held responsible for ending the show.

The battle continued of course and the two dancehall titans went on to deliver a stellar presentation, however, Beenie’s gutsy statements to the officers resonated with everyone, ultimately fashioning the Girls Dem Sugar deejay as the local hero.

The days that followed would sprout tweets and funny memes of the deejay’s fabled words. Later on, news of a T-shirt collection dubbed ‘Verzuz Merch’ emerged from Beenie’s camp, showcasing tees logoed ‘Do you want to be that guy?’ among others for retail. This along with a preview of an upcoming single from the man himself via Instagram kept fans on their toes.

The new single Do You Want To Be That Guy sure sounds like a hit. The official audio was launched on YouTube Wednesday, June 3rd with the former King of Dancehall delivering a medley of quick lyrical-spitting and high pitch singing.

The single is a witty summary of the events of that night; the intro starts with his invitation from Verzuz then quickly recaps breaking the Internet “like how Bolt bruk the worl record.”

Beenie then says he doesn’t know who called the officers, but…

“Right there infront di worl eyes, here come these two police guys, dem intention neva dat wise. Suh mi ask, Do you wanna be dat guy? Fi stop dancehall from rising high ….fi stop the Jamaican flag from fly,” he choruses throughout the track.

Other areas of the song say he wants his wings back so that he can fly, this perhaps in regards to the recent calls for his U.S. visa to be returned since attaining such an overwhelming reception from fans across the globe.

A few special mentions of Bounty Killer here and there, a reminder to everyone just how long he’s been in the business, “from 45 to cassette, LP, to compact disc, from 92 to 2020 … mi a do it from the 70’s when the sound system a di music,” he continues.

Listen to more of the verses in the full version of Beenie’s new single Do you Want To Be That Guy here –


Source: Dancehallmag


Beenie Man & Bounty Killer Lead Billboard Poll For Best Verzuz Battle By A Huge Margin

Beenie Man and Bounty Killer’s Verzuz battle has now topped a Billboard poll set up for fans to choose their favorite showdown from the clash series so far.

Creators, Swizz Beatz, and buddy Timberland launched what has become perhaps the most epic live online battles of all time. For the two Grammy-winning legends, hosting a friendly musical challenge was simply a quest to entertain audiences across the globe during the worldwide coronavirus lockdown.

Soon enough, the battles would platform the likes of Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds vs. Teddy Riley, Erykah Badu vs. Jill Scott, and Nelly and Ludacris, to name a few.

The show eventually paid homage to Dancehall soundclash culture on May 23, and Jamaican legends Beenie Man and Bounty Killer did not disappoint with almost 500,000 live viewers on Instagram, 3.5 million views total, and over 1 billion impressions for Brand Jamaica, according to Verzuz.

It’s been days since their phenomenal showdown, and social media is still buzzing with a hilarious Twitter game butchering Beenie’s infamous lyrics of his 1996 Old Dog single, a frenzy of memes of memorable catchphrases, and a tremendous surge in streams for both artistes.

Now, Billboard is asking fans, of the 13 battles so far, which has been the best and most loved?

The poll, which was started on May 26, has revealed that the Beenie and Bounty clash is by far the most revered, with an astounding 44.68% of the votes.

Scott and Eryka Badu follow in a distant second place with 22.87%.

RZA vs. DJ Premier and Teddy Riley vs. Babyface tied, and both peaked 6.38% in the third position.

The dancehall pairing has made such a global impact, both Swizz Beatz and Timberland were dazed at the reception and buzz the two dancehall icons created.

Conversations are now being had for another Jamaican battle soon, with Swizz Beatz hinting that the next dancehall clash in line might be Ding Dong vs. the Energy God, Elephant Man.

If it does happen, fans can expect to see the same classic face-off that The Doctor and The Warlord displayed during their battle last weekend. Even though these are quarantine times, a Ding Dong vs. Elephant Man showdown might be closely simulated to a dance battle with loads of energy, after all, Jamaican dancehall artistes are the pioneers of the clashing art form.


Source: Dancehallmag


Beenie Man Previews New ‘Do You Want To Be That Guy?’ Song, Launches Verzuz Merch

Still riding high on his magnificent Verzuz performance on Saturday night, where he clashed musically with his long-time arch-rival Bounty Killer, Beenie Man has now unleashed a slew of merchandise. The new merch, dubbed The Verzuz Collection, consists of 15 pieces, embellished with, among other things, his viral slogan: ‘Do you want to be that guy?”

The Girl Dem Sugar released the t-shirt line today, and the items are available for purchase on his website

The Grammy winner has also indicated that he is in the completion stages of a new song about the incident that sparked him to use those now-famous words.  Beenie posted a snippet of the song on his Instagram page in which he sang:

“Right there in front di world
Here come these two police guys
Dem intention neva dat wise
So mi ask, do yu wanna be that guy
Fi stop dancehall from rising high.”

“Do you want to be that guy?” was the most memorable quote from Beenie Man which he made on the night of the clash, after members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) turned up at the Kingston-based studio where the live clash was being streamed, following reports they said they received, that the artistes were breaching the national COVID-19 curfew orders.

On Sunday morning, there was a national outcry after one of Jamaica’s investment companies, not known to support dancehall, used the slogan with an image of the artiste, apparently without permission in one of its Instagram advertisements in a bid to capitalize on Beenie Man’s momentum.

The post was subsequently removed, leading Jamaicans to believe Beenie had pointed out the breach of intellectual property rights to the company.

However, on Thursday afternoon, the artiste began showcasing the shirts which he said were limited edition, on his IG page.

“DON’T BE THE GUY WHO DIDN’T PURCHASE THE BEENIE MAN MERCH,’ he advised in one of the posts and “Where were you? WERE YOU THERE?” in another.

” alt=”” aria-hidden=”true” />Over on the merchandise website, the shirts were priced at US$30.00 and bore the slogans “Team Beenie #ONEKING”, “God Bless”, “Di Girls dem sugar”.

Also featured was a shirt bearing the words “Beenie Man VERZUZ Bounty Killa 2020”.

His fans have been raving about the shirts, and some have indicated that they have already made their purchases online.

Many congratulated him on what they said was an excellent marketing strategy and the ability to turn ‘lemons into lemonade’.

“Beenie you nuh ramp inno!  Love di good sportsmanship! Qualities that makes one great! You have to be able to laugh with and at yourself! The people will TRUST love and believe in you for it! me a real Gaza yute, but I must admit you’re the true #kingofthedancehall,” Fabian Moran said.

“That’s what I love about you, Beenie Man.  Turn any negative into a positive. That’s true confidence,” clemmzforrester noted.

One amused follower, morelifeentnyia jokingly remarked that Beenie Man ought to give kudos to the police officers who showed up at the event, as they had triggered what was now a profitable venture for him.

“Hey Doctor aka Beenie aka Moses mek sure u give a shout out to di police who didn’t wanna b dat guy!!!! Him deserve dat much….him tek ur advise so it gone up a top….maaaaad!!” she said.

Meanwhile, Bounty Killer has been releasing new music since the verzuz clash including, Pioneer – with Maestro Don and Gal Weather – with Konshens.
Source: Page Six

Beenie Man Ready To Re-enter The US Market If Given The Chance

It’s an issue that has been plaguing Jamaican artistes for decades, and one veteran dancehall artiste, Beenie Man, is hoping that his recent Verzuz battle with Bounty Killer will help to change Jamaican artistes’ access to the US to perform.

It’s been almost a decade since the pair was allowed to perform in the US.
In 2010 Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Aidonia, and veteran selector Ricky Trooper, had their visas revoked by the US Embassy, and an advisory was issued to airlines to prohibit them from boarding any flights to the country.  Mavado and Aidonia were later allowed to travel to the country again.

Following the hugely successful battle last Saturday, May 23, other entertainment figures, like Shaggy, have been calling for more Jamaican artistes, especially Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, to be granted the necessary permission to perform in the US. If anything, Verzuz proved just how popular Dancehall is in the US, as the show brought in close to 500 000 views and, according to organizer Swizz Beatz, more than a billion impressions for ‘Brand Jamaica’.

The Girls Dem Sugar singer, whose real name is Anthony Moses Davis, spoke with the Jamaica Star about trying to get permission to perform in the US, something he said his fans had been requesting for many years. He said this demand also extends to Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Price.

The issue has also prevented some big names in Dancehall, like Popcaan and Tommy Lee Sparta, from entering the country to market their music. Beenie Man believes Dancehall would do extremely well if he and other artistes are given a chance to represent.

“We coulda go all 50 states and represent Dancehall again. Me wah sold-out Madison Square Garden again, me wah go LA go lock it dung again, and me sure Bounty wah do the same,” Beenie told THE STAR.

Bounty Killer (left) and Beenie Man (right) on stage during a friendly lyrical battle at ‘Fully Loaded’ 2010.
Beenie also believes that he shouldn’t have lost his visa in the first place and added that he’s thankful for all the support that has been pouring in from social media.

“That would be great. I shouldn’t have lost the visa in the first place. I don’t know what the reason was, but America is America … If dem decide say yuh cannot go, there’s nothing much you can do about it. If dem (US Embassy) feel it in mind that we deserve to get it back, me woulda appreciate it,” he said.

Many US musicians have covered some of his popular work, and he believes that Dancehall has positively impacted the musical landscape of the US, another reason he believes it’s time for him to reenter the US market with live performances.

“Our era in music, a it foreign still a sing enuh, a it dem still a listen to. People cover Zim Zimma thousands of time so yuh mus understand say foreign nuh really move from we yet. Dem still deh a di ’90s music and I think that is because of our love for the music and the work ethic. People see and feel our passion for the music from dem time deh till now,” he continued to tell The STAR.

He also felt it was a bit unfair to him as he put in a lot of work in the early days of his career to deliver consistent Dancehall. Comparing the 90’s to now, he said it was much easier to make music nowadays.

“Nowadays a man can inna him bathroom, make a album and him a di biggest thing inna di world, and so the music a nuh the same. The work did have more love and more feeling and more meaning, and that’s why the music lasts,” he said.

Beenie is one of many dancehall musicians who have been denied visas as the seek to ply their trade. It’s an issue that the Jamaica Federation of Musicians and Affiliated Unions (JFMAU) and the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) have said that they simply can’t do anything about.

In fact, Rory Frankson, who is the chairman of the COVID-19 Response at the JFMAU is quoted in THE STAR as saying: “To my knowledge, there is nothing we can do other than provide a form of reference. Consular services are totally controlled by the foreign embassy’s rules/protocols. We do act as a type of reference for musicians who apply for work visas from embassies, verifying that they are practitioners in the entertainment industry.”

That reference seems about as far as their influence goes as their President, Ewan Simpson, is also quoted as saying: “At the end of the day, if the USA, in particular, decides to exercise its jurisdiction to grant or not grant a visa, there is little our government can do and even less that an industry association that doesn’t wield economic power can do.”

The hope is that the Verzuz battle has highlighted the fact that Dancehall has fans around the world, including the US, and that it may be time to allow Jamaican artistes the space and permission to help the genre keep growing.


Source: Dancehallmag


Beenie Man And Bounty Killer To Clash In Next ‘Verzuz’ Battle On Instagram Live

Less than a week after Swizz Beatz declared that Jamaicans will soon get their chance in the viral ‘Verzuz’ seat, dancehall giants Beenie Man and Bounty Killer were today confirmed the stars for the next online musical battle set for May 23.

The announcement was made on Verzuz’s Twitter page, and fans are already rolling out their mesh marinas, Clarks, Jamaica flags and lighters.

The online clash will be streamed from the Instagram pages of both artistes on Saturday at 8pm.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 5/23  Bounty Killer vs @kingbeenieman   Sound Clash edition   You ready?!? #VERZUZ

— Verzuz (@verzuzonline) May 20, 2020

Dancehall fans were in a frenzy after the announcement that the two legends, and masters of musical clashes will face off in what is expected to be an epic showdown.

“Anybody who ain’t wearing the mesh marina gotta get blocked,” said one user. “This is the one. I hope they wifi good,” said another user. “What makes this better for me is knowing that even though they had a misunderstanding in the past, they can still do something for the culture,” cemented another.

“This one is going to be tough but I’m gonna have to go with the 5-star general. Alliance!” sided one user. “Beenie got more mainstream hits but those who know, know,” said another.

Excited Jamaicans, though, seem to have only one concern, and that is internet connectivity. In preparation for Saturday’s 8pm EST battle, one can only hope that the dancehall giants do all their audio and internet checks to ensure a smooth match, and a good representation of ‘the 876’ in the ‘Verzuz’ series.

“Beenie Man please mek sure unno connection good cause mi ready!!!” one Jamaican said, while a compatriot noted: “Beenie Man, Unoo jus mek sure di wifi work… full bars.. mek sure nobody else deh pon it while yuh a play.. This is history right here!!”

Celebrities showed their excitement too, from Lil Jon, Ding Dong and Beenie Man himself hitting the comments with fire emojis, to rapper Busta Rhymes typing “WOOOOOOOOW!!!!” and producer Rvssian commenting, “Crazyyyy.”

This weekend’s showdown is labelled the sound clash edition, and is being put together through the efforts of ‘Verzuz’ founders Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, and Jamaica’s perennial music connector, Sharon Burke.

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland
The online tune-for-tune battle started out on a dull quarantine evening with Beatz and Timbaland, and has since evolved into a cultural force, bridging the gaps among musical generations while highlighting the work of some of the biggest names in hip hop, RnB, rap and now dancehall.

The Verzuz TV platform enables top-notch artistes, producers, singers and songwriters to clash musically, hit for hit live on Instagram.   The digital wars have grown in popularity and sees participants streaming from their homes on Instagram Live.  However, only artistes with a catalogue of at least 20 songs that are considered hits are allowed to participate.

While rappers Ludacris and Nelly hosted the last match, it is the battles of T-Pain versus Lil Jon, Babyface versus Teddy Riley and Erykah Badu versus Jill Scott which have stood out the most while shattering online views.

But the battles have not all gone smoothly. Unreliable internet connection has plagued some battles, most notoriously Teddy Riley’s, which resulted in unsparing memes and a rescheduling of his match-up with Babyface. There’s also the history of microphone feedback, low volumes, and even too much talking when virtual attendees just want to hear some music.

Beenie Man, Bounty Killer (left to right)
Both Beenie Man and Bounty Killer have amassed enviable catalogues since rising to popularity in the early 90s, but it goes without saying that their styles are different.

They have the dubious distinction of having the longest-lasting rivalry in the history of dancehall.  Both men, who hail from Kingston’s inner-city, stamped their dominance on the local music scene in 1993 when they clashed as mere youths, in what was perhaps the most memorable and exciting lyrical clash in Jamaica.  That legendary clash, was followed by seemingly endless bouts of musical attacks and counteractions, which in some cases, saw a polarization of dancehall.

That clash also propelled the two to dancehall icon status and international stardom, as they matured.

In 2006 when Beenie Man got involved with, and later married Bounty Killa’s ex-girlfriend Michelle ‘D’Angel’ Downer, vitriolic words were exchanged between the two, but that was as far as the rivalry between the two men went.   Now in their mid-40s, the two have reconciled and have become friends.

Though Bounty started his career reflecting the grimy lyrics permeating the dancehall at the turn of 1990s, he dabbled in dancehall fusion, even recording the hip hop-laced albums My Xperience(1996) and Next Millennium in 1998. Among his crossover notables areHey Baby, a track by No Doubt, It’s A Party (featuring Free, Nona Hendrix and Cocoa Brovaz), Hip-Hopera (featuring The Fugees) and Deadly Zone with Mobb Deep and Big Noyd. His classics extend to Look Into My Eyes, Sufferer, It’s Ok, Can’t Believe Mi Eyes, Anytime and Fed Up.

The self-proclaimed king of dancehall, Beenie Man, has a contendable career of his own, securing hits from every category you can think of, from party bops (World Dance, Row Like A Boat, Rum & Redbull), female favourites (Hmmm Hmmm, Who Am I, Dude) to other notables like King of the Dancehall, Romie and Street Life. He also has a pop resume, with Girls Dem Sugar featuring Mya and Feel it Boy with Janet Jackson.

At Reggae Sumfest 2019, the two put on an intense, but brotherly clash, as anticipated, but were well relaxed and joked with each other, showing they had grown from boys to men.  In April, they performed together live at Digicel’s Unplugged concert to celebrate the company’s 19 years in operation.

Which team will you be on this Saturday?


Source: Dancehallmag