Beenie Man has signalled his intention to be more aggressive and vocal in the dancehall industry. The dancehall icon said the industry is currently too dependent on incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel.
"Who say dem a run the place, nah run the place. And the man who ah run the place, caan really run the place. You have to represent musically and visually," Beenie Man said.
Vybz Kartel is now serving life imprisonment for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams and will not be eligible for parole for 35 years. However, despite his incarceration, he dominates the airwaves in Jamaica.
Beenie said the development is not good for the industry.
"You have to respect Addi work ethics, but him alone caan move dancehall forward. The King caan allow the general fi run the army," Beenie Man added.
Meanwhile, the dancehall veteran was simply phenomenal as he delivered the closing set of International Night 2 of the annual Reggae Sumfest festival.
He hit the stage at about 6 am, and in true Beenie Man style, he energised the audience immediately as he got the weary party-goers to erupt into furious hand-waving and cheers. It was quintessential ‘Beenie’, covering his hits from the 90s such as Strange Things on the Joyride riddim, Ah Selassie I Send Dem, Blackboard, Girls Dem Sugar, his monster Billboard hit, Who Am I, to his new hits such as Dweet Again, Rum and Red Bull and Hottest Man Alive.
Beenie Man has developed a great reputation as a show closer. He did a show with US rapper Lil Wayne on Saturday, July 11 at the National Stadium Courtyard in The Bahamas. After Lil Wayne performed, Beenie Man closed the show in The Bahamas with an energetic performance that lasted 80 minutes.
"Nassau is a foundation place, Lil Wayne is a huge international rapper, and dem know him from Cash Money days coming up, but me is a prominent artiste all over the world, especially the Caribbean, and mi know dem come fi see me give them a beautiful show, and I did," he said
Beenie Man has collaborated with American singer Jeremih and British rappers Konan and Krept for the remix of their single, Freak Of The Week.The video for the single was released in May and has already received more than six million views on YouTube.
Beenie Man also recently collaborated on Rock City with Azealia Banks and Link Up with Ty Dolla Sign and Young Jeezy, and Wonna Deez Nites with Eddie Murphy.
He has a slew of new singles such as Rule Uptown for producer Tristan Palmer, Pool Party for JA Productions and Run Road for Jordan McClure of Chimney Records. The Pool Party single, released on the Life Support riddim, has jumped into the top ten of the FIWI Choice Top ten countdown.