by Jodee Brown
Legendary Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man continues to make himself a viable international presence as he’ll feature on the newest project by Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj.
Beenie Man will appear on Minaj’s upcoming album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which is scheduled for an April 3 release. The internationally acclaimed Dancehall star teamed with the curvaceous hip-hop diva on the single, Gunshot, which was recorded in Jamaica at Anchor Recording Studio, a label owned by veteran Reggae producer, Gussie Clarke.
According to Beenie Man, Gunshot will be a huge hit in the clubs while offering a vintage mixture of Dancehall and hip-hop.
“This song can run the Caribbean and the world. It’s basically dancehall meets hip hop in 1980’s style,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
Though Minaj did not fly down to Jamaica to record the track, Beenie Man insists that she was very instrumental in setting up the fundamentals for their collaboration.
“I was supposed to have gone to LA (Los Angeles) to record the track. She sent her vocals with two of her representatives from her record label and we went to Anchor and I did my verse,” he said.
“She was on the phone basically telling us what she wanted.”
Beenie Man and Nicki Minaj have maintained a positive relationship since they first met last July at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay. Minaj gave a rousing at the prominent stage show which was her first and only ever appearance in Jamaica.
Minaj has previously collaborated with prominent Jamaican acts such as prominent Reggae superstar, Gyptian on the Hold Yuh remix as well as Jamaican-American rap star, Sean Kingston on Letting Go (Dutty Rock).
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will also feature appearances from prominent American rap as well as R&B superstars such as Lil Wayne, Nas, Drake, Young Jeezy and Bobby V (formerly Bobby Valentino).