Beenie Man responds to Elephant Man’s rant

Beenie Man has upped the ante in the ongoing war of words between himself and Elephant Man, questioning his relevancy in Dancehall recent interview

Beenie Man has upped the ante in the ongoing war of words between himself and Elephant Man, questioning his relevancy in Dancehall recent interview

by Jodee Brown

The war of words is heating up between Dancehall stalwarts, Beenie Man and Elephant Man as the ‘King of the Dancehall’ has issued a blunt retort following a rant the ‘Energy God’ made following Beenie’s recent interview on HOT 97.

The interview, done several weeks ago, focused mainly on the state of Dancehall today. Speaking with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg, Beenie Man called out several artists, including Cham, Mr. Vegas and Sean Paul, questioning the consistency of Cham and Vegas while saying Sean Paul needs to ‘come back to the roots.’”

His comments on Elephant Man however, were particularly strong, telling the American hip-hop station, “I haven’t seen Elephant Man for like two years now, like seriously….Dancehall is not broken, some of the artistes are broken. The followers are here, I am still here, and I am still putting out hit songs.”

Those comments drew the ire of the Pon Di River singer, who accused Beenie of damaging Dancehall’s reputation internationally with his comments, not grooming young artists and being jealous of other entertainers.

In an interview published on one876entertainment.com on Thursday, Beenie held nothing back.

“Elephant is looking a hype because he is not hot but I have no beef with him,” he said. If Ele want to buss back come we sit down and plan a strategy but don’t run to media and smear my name for a hype. Elephant cannot name an artist that him buss, who is that artist? I can honestly say that all the artistes in Shocking Vibes was highlighted because of Beenie Man, I helped to nurture their careers, and we built a powerful camp.”

He also claimed that Elephant Man’s career was in steep decline, reiterating his point on HOT 97 that the deejay has not had a hit song in years.

“Let’s talk about hit songs. I have one of the hottest singles in the dance and on radio at the present moment – My life so Happy,” he said. “Plus Hottest Man Alive is a must play song in every dance every night in any dancehall setting across the world. Ask Ele to name his hot song? Who produced it and where is it playing?”

Furthermore, Beenie took shots at Elephant Man’s lifestyle and questioned his sexual orientation, making reference to a rumor that came out last year claiming the ‘Energy God’ was in a pool with several men at his home, a rumor he later refuted and threatened to sue over.

“Who nah no house on the hill? Elephant must not talk things he doesn’t know. Cause when I stand on my balcony I can see his rainbow colored house – a sore sight for the community,” he said.

“Elephant no fi talk bout mi hair and my teeth, him love man? A no me dem catch in a pool naked with a bag a man.”

Beenie Man is reportedly in the U.S. on tour while Elephant Man is touring in Europe.

Elephant Man blasts Beenie Man following HOT 97 interview

Elephant Man has hit Beenie Man with strong words following an interview in which Beenie questioned Elephant Man's relevancy in Dancehall music today.by Jodee Brown

Never one to be lost for words or triggering strong opinions with said words, Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man is at the epicenter of controversy following an interview in which he called out many of his contemporaries, including Elephant Man, who is none too pleased with his commentary.

In a recent interview with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg on HOT 97, Beenie Man was asked about the state of Dancehall music and speaking on some of its marquee acts, including Cham and Mr. Vegas, stating that they were both inconsistent while stating Sean Paul needs to ‘come back to the roots’ and that he is ‘not coming home enough.’ He also called himself ‘the balance of Dancehall music,’ saying the genre needs him to continue making hits to help sustain it.

When further pressed about Dancehall’s state, Beenie told the American radio station, “I haven’t seen Elephant Man for like two years now, like seriously….Dancehall is not broken, some of the artistes are broken. The followers are here, I am still here, and I am still putting out hit songs.”

In an interview published in the Jamaica STAR on Tuesday, Elephant Man shot back at Beenie, who he performed alongside at the BET Awards last year, intimating that he damaging the genre with such comments.

“Beenie Man badmind until him teeth and the middle of him hair a drop out. He never has nothing good to say about other artistes,” he told the newspaper. “He is all about himself. That’s why him in the music fi suh long and nuh buss no artiste, because him badmind.”

The ‘Energy God’ continued his rant against Beenie, saying, “Yuh gone pon interview gone tell people sey a you alone a duh good inna music, after dem never ask yuh bout yuhself. When Vybz Kartel deh road, yuh run bakka the man and talk bout Gaza yu sey, then yuh same one gone pon interview gone bash di man. Mi deh Europe, and di bwoy know sey mi deh Europe, and gone tell people foolishness.”

He continued, “Yuh too badmind. Yuh try offa Yellowman. Yuh not even own a studio fi record yuh song dem, bout yuh live inna apartment with 300 man. Wicked people cyah pretend too long, ah yourself yuh a trick because yuh nah run no dancehall, go fix yuh teeth dem wey a drop out.”

Watch Beenie’s full interview on HOT 97 here.

‘New’ Super Cat

SuperCat1by Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer

Years ago, dancehall legend Super Cat was briefly signed to The Neptunes’ Star Trak label.

At that time, producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo planned to produce a new Super Cat album. It would have been the first in ages, but it didn’t materialise.

In 2003, they had released the track The Don of All Dons with Jadakiss and Styles P as a taste of what was to come on their compilation album Attack of the Clones.

That Super Cat-Neptunes partnership was short-lived, however, as the world heard nothing more of that. Until last week at least.

As it turns out, back then, Star Trak’s A&R, Cipha Sounds, had sought out Federation Sound’s Max Glazer to create a mix preview of the planned release (the album).

A&R (Artistes and repertoire) is the division of a record label that is responsible for overseeing the recording process and artistic development, among other issues relating to recording artistes.

That mix was previously never available to many. It went online in full only last week.

Featured on the mix are the freestyles, Weedman (over the beat to Kardinal Offishall’s Bellydancer), and Wha U’ Name? (over Jay-Z’s Excuse Me Miss beat), along with a journey through Super Cat’s classic tracks including the dancehall and hip hop mixes of Ghetto Red Hot, Dem No Worry We and Dolly My Baby.

Nuff Man A Dead, Come Down, Mud Up, Cabin Stabbin, Big & Ready, Trash And Ready, Vineyard Party and Under Pressure round off the other featured songs from the great.

The mix has beenreceiving good reviews by fans of the Don Dada since being uploaded on various websites.

On the weekend of August 30, Super Cat stirred up the excitement of patrons in a surprise performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Massive B and Hot 97’s On Da Reggae Tip concert performing songs such as Vineyard Party and Ghetto Red Hot.

Prior to that, Super Cat’s last stageshow performance was in 2008 in Miami at the popular Best of the Best concert.