Monsters Of Dancehall
Beenie Man
May 18, 2007

Lutan Fyah & Vaughn Benjamin - Rastafari Unity - EP Track list
  1. World Dance
  2. Big Up And Trust
  3. Defend Apache
  4. Mobster
  5. Press Button
  6. Ban Mi Fi Di Truth
  7. Blackboard
  8. Who Am I(Zim Zimma)
  9. Let Him Go
  10. Tell Me
  11. Yaw Yaw
  12. Gwaan So
  13. Always Be My Baby
  14. Year 4
  15. Battery Dolly
  16. 100 Dollar Bag
  17. L.O.Y.
  18. More Prayer
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Beenie Man is one of the most celebrated Jamaican artists, past and present, and just like fellow reggae/dancehall stars Sean Paul and Elephant Man, he's not only popular amongst the true dancehall fans, but has also managed to achieve crossover appeal not least due to one of his biggest and earliest international hits "Who Am I (Zim Zimma)", which is also included on this second installment in Greensleeves Records new "Monsters Of Dancehall" series.

This compilation draws together 18 tunes from the Greensleeves catalogue from the past decade or so, previously released on the albums "Guns Out" and "Maestro", various artists compilations, 10" and 7" singles. Even though the undisputed 'King Of Dancehall' recorded for virtually every top producer in Kingston, he had a long and successful working relationship with producer Patrick Roberts and the Shocking Vibes Crew. This association started in 1989 and only recently came to an end. Featured here are four tracks from the Shocking Vibes camp namely the hard hitting album opener "World Dance" on the "Corduroy" riddim, "Big Up And Trust" ("Urkle" riddim), "Defend Apache" ("Storm" aka "Chronic" riddim), and the wicked "Yaw Yaw".

Furthermore this set includes great production works from Jeremy Harding (the international breakthrough hit "Who Am I (Zim Zimma)"), Steely & Clevie (the hit song "Year 4" across the "Bagpipe" riddim and the big bad "Battery Dolly" over the "Street Sweeper" riddim), Danny Browne ("Let Him Go" on the "Filthy" riddim), Richard "Shams" Browne ("Tell Me" and "Gwaan So"), Chad "Goofy" Simpson (the awesome "100 Dollar Bag" across the "Antz Nest" riddim and "L.O.Y") and Frenchie ("More Prayer" on the "Revolution/Intercom" riddim).

Not the definite Beenie Man collection as it e.g. lacks the dancehall anthems he recorded for producers like "Dave "Rudeboy" Kelly, Tony "CD" Kelly and a few others, but overall an entertaining compilation packed with nuff dancehall favourites.