- Beenie Man
Infobox musical artist
Name =Beenie Man
Img_capt = Beenie Man performing at Portmore Awards, 2007
Img_size = 177
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Anthony Moses Davis
Born = birth date and age|1973|08|22
Origin = Kingston,
Years_active = 1990–present
L15 Records (2007–present)
URL = [http://www.beenieman.net BeenieMan.net]
Anthony Moses Davis (born August 22, 1973 [ [http://music.msn.com/music/artist-biography/beenie-man/ Beenie Man on MSN Music] "MSN". Accessed July 31, 2008.] in Kingston,
Jamaica), better known by his stage nameBeenie Man, is a popular reggaeentertainer and a well established dancehallartist.
Beenie Man was involved in the music industry from a young age when he won the Tastee Talent contest in 1980. Only one year later (1981), when he was eight years old, he recorded a single, "Too Fancy", with
record producer"Junjo" Lawes. By 1983, Beenie Man was recording with heavyweight DJs, such as Dillinger and Fatheadand released his debut album, "The Invincible Beenie Man: The Ten Year Old DJ Wonder" and the single "Over the Sea." After such a prodigious start the artist's career lost momentum in the middle of the eighties decade. Beenie Man continued performing and honed his craft beside the then dominant dancehall figures including Ninjaman, Admiral Bailey and Shabba Ranks. He found his artistic home at the Shocking Vibes studio where he continued to record singles with only moderate success towards the end of the decade.
Partially as a result of prodding from his producers,
Sly and Robbie, Beenie Man soon converted to the Rastafari movement. In 1994, he was signed by Island Recordsand released the critically acclaimed album "Blessed".
In 1995, Beenie Man released a remix of
Barrington Levy's "Under Mi Sensi" in the United Kingdom, and collaborated with Dennis Brownand Triston Palmerto release "Three Against War" and Lt. Stitchie on "Mad Cobra Meets Lt. Stitchie & Beenie Man". He took another step up the ladder in 1996, releasing the seminal "Maestro", produced by Patrick Robertsand shot him to UK fame. During the period from the mid to late 1990s, Beenie Man dominated the Jamaican charts to the extent that he perhaps had a good claim to the crown of "Dancehall King", a title only bestowed previously on Yellowmanin the early 1980s. He had hits in the UK in 2002/2003 with " Feel It Boy" (UK #9), with Janet Jackson, and "Street Life" (UK #15).
Beenie Man's first real break into the United States came in 1997. He heard an instrumental rhythm by an unknown producer named Jeremy Harding, and demanded to add his voice to the rhythm. So this was the birth of his first international hit; he recorded "Who Am I" and the single quickly went Gold. It opened the doors for the world to see a new reggae star in the pages of Newsweek and other major media outlets.
In 1998, Beenie Man signed to
Virgin Recordsto release albums in the United States. His first American offering was "The Doctor" (1998). In 2000, Beenie Man released "Art & Life", which featured Arturo Sandovaland Wyclef Jean( The Fugees), for which received a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. During the late 1990s, Beenie Man began his conquest of America with the hits, "Romie", "Who Am I", and "Girls Dem Sugar", which featured American R&Bsinger, Mýa. During this time he received an impressive number of international music awards, while remaining at the top of the local charts.
In 2002, he had a sizeable hit with a duet with
Janet Jacksoncalled " Feel It Boy", but his biggest break in America came in early 2004 with the release of a remix of "Dude", featuring guest vocals by fellow Jamaican Ms. Thing, as well as rhymes by Shawnna. He thus cemented his fan base on both sides of the Atlantic.
In September 2008 Beenie Man was cleared of tax evasion charges. [ [http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN2331887120071023?feedType=RSS&feedName=entertainmentNews Reggae artist Beenie Man faces arrest in tax case | Entertainment | Reuters ] ] [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7645654.stm]
Beenie Man was married to Michelle Downer, also known as D'Angel. The two were married in August 2006 in a lavish ceremony in Jamaica. A DVD of their wedding was bootlegged and sold afterwards. They welcomed their son Marco Dean in November 2006. Their relationship, however, was shortlived. In June 2007, Beenie Man separated from his wife, they remain estranged though are still married.
Beenie Man, like many dancehall artists is outspoken on a number of social issues, as exemplified by songs such as "Steve Biko" and "Murderer" [ [http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1458078/20021011/beenie_man.jhtml Beenie Man Plays NYC - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News ] ] and his support of the
People's National Party, a political party in Jamaica [ [http://www.yardflex.com/archives/001742.html "Beenie Man blames government for problems"] . October 31, 2007.] [ [http://www.caribbeanworldnews.com/stories_one.php?sid=875 "Beenie Man Apologies To JLP Government"] , "Hardbeatnews". NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Nov. 1, 2007.] .
The lyrics to some of his songs have been criticized for being openly
anti-gay, with lyrics such as "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays" [http://www.amnestyusa.org/Country_Information/Jamaica/page.do?id=1106567&n1=3&n2=36&n3=1040 "Battybwoys affi dead:" Action against homophobia in Jamaica] ] . MTVhad plans to include Beenie Man in their roster of performers at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awardsbut after protests MTV decided to exclude Beenie Man. [(August 26, 2004). [http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2004-08-26-beenie-barred_x.htm MTV bars Beenie Man as gays plan protest] "USA Today". Accessed June 22, 2008.] As part of an agreement to end the Stop Murder Musiccampaign, Beenie Man and other artists signed the Reggae Compassionate Actin 2007. [ [http://www.newnownext.com/2007/06/reggae_stars_si.html LOGOonline.com: NewNowNext Blog: Reggae Stars Sign On To Cut Out Homophobic Lyrics ] ] [ [http://www.towleroad.com/2007/06/reggae_stars_re.html Reggae Stars Renounce Homophobia, Condemn Anti-gay Violence - Towleroad, More than gay news for more gay men ] ] It should be noted that Beenie Man is not alone amongst dancehall artists in using lyrics of this nature in songs. He has however maintained that the lyrics have been misconstrued. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7645654.stm]
* 1992: "Cool Cool Rider"
* 1994: "Dis Unu Fi Hear"
* 1994: "Defend It"
* 1995: "Blessed"
* 1995: "Maestro"
* 1997: "Many Moods Of Moses"
* 1999: "Y2K"
* 1999: "Ruff N Tuff"
* 1999: "The Doctor"
* 2000: "
Art and Life"
* 2001: "Black Liberty"
* 2001: "Youth Quake"
* 2002: "
* 2004: "Back To Basics"
* 2006: "Concept Of Life"
* 2006: "Hundred Dollar Bag"
* 2006: "Undisputed"
* 2007: "Monsters of Dancehall"
* 1995: "All the Best"
* 2000: "Best of Beenie Man"
* 2002: "Gold - The Very Best of"
* 2005: "Kingston to King of The Dancehall"
* 2005: "Greatest Hits So Far"
* 2004: "Live In San Francisco"
Mixtapes and unofficial releases
* 1983: "The Invincible Beenie Man: The Incredible Ten Year Old DJ Wonder"
* 1994: "Guns Out" with
* 1995: "Beenie Man Meets Mad Cobra"
* 2000: "Trendsetter"
* 2004: "Cool Cool Rider - The Roots Of A Dancehall Don"
* 2006: "
Its Ah! Beenie (riddim mixtape)"
* 2007: "Monsters of Dancehall"
* 1995: "Slam"
* 1995: "Romie"
* 1995: "Old Dog"
* 1997: "Dancehall Queen"
* 1998: "Who Am I"
* 1998: "Tell Me"
* 2000: "Dungle Boogie" (featuring
Sly & Robbie)
* 2000: "Love Me Now" (featuring
* 2000: "Girls Dem Suga" (featuring
* 2002: "Fresh From Yard" (featuring
* 2002: "Feel It Boy" (featuring
* 2003: "Street Life" (featuring Assia)
* 2003: "Bossman" (featuring
Sean Paul& Lady Saw)
* 2004: "Dude" (featuring Ms. Thing &
* 2004: "
King of the Dancehall"
* 2005: "Specialists" (featuring
* 2006: "Girls" (featuring
* 2006: "Hmm Hmm"
* 2008: "Wine Gyal"
* 2008: "Pickney Nah Hold Yah Dung"
* 1996: "Hands In the Air" (
Doug E. Freshfeaturing Beenie Man)
* 1999: "Outa Space (UFOs)" (
Machel Montanofeaturing Beenie Man); album Any Minute Now
* 2001: "I'm Serious" (
T.I.featuring Beenie Man)
* 2004: "Compton" (
Guerilla Blackfeaturing Beenie Man)
* 2005: "Soul on Fire" (
KMCfeaturing Beenie Man)
* 2006: "Zingy" (Ak'Sent featuring Beenie Man)
* 2006: "Heaven Baby" (Brooke Hogan featuring Beenie Man)
* 2006: "Dreaming of You" (featuring Alaine)
* 2007: "Back It Up"
* [http://www.beenieman.net/ Official site]
* [http://myspace.com/beenieman Beenie Man] at
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