Happy Birthday, Beenie Man!
Beenie Man, the self-proclaimed King of the Dancehall, celebrates his 42nd birthday today (Aug. 22).
Beenie Man, born Anthony Moses Davis, has been performing most of his life. He released his first album, The Invincible Beenie Man: The Ten Year Old DJ Wonder, during his prepubescence. The gimmick didn't quite hit and Been would spend the '80s honing his performance chops. His work paid off. Beenie didn't reached stardom until the 1990s, when he joined Yellowman, Bounty Killer and Shabba Ranks as the genre's finest.
Beenie released his noteworthy Maestro and Many Moods of Moses just when dancehall reached its peaked. Those two albums featured some of his biggest hits, including "Girls Dem Sugar," "Who Am I (Sim Simma)" and "Romie."
Like many of his peers from that era, Beenie made the crossover to the States. The key song to doing so was "King of the Dancehall," which served as both a victory lap and mission statement. The Kingston, Jamaica native also scored a hit with Janet Jackson on the Neptunes-produced "Feel It Boy" and the Mya-assisted redo of "Girls Dem Sugar."
Beenie Man hasn't released an album since 2006's Undisputed. However, his songs can still light up any dancehall party.
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