Monsters Of Dancehall ~ The Energy God
Elephant Man
February 13, 2007

Elephant Man Track list
  1. Log On
  2. Elephant Message
  3. Genie Dance
  4. Watchie Pum
  5. Krazy
  6. Bad Man A Bad Man
  7. Give Her It Good
  8. Egyptian Dance
  9. Jamaica
  10. Truth Hurts
  11. Tall Up Tall Up feat. Ce'Cile
  12. No Hail Mi
  13. Bad Gal, Bad Man
  14. On Line
  15. Chinet Ting
  16. Robbing
  17. Higher Level
  18. Shizzle Ma Nizzle
  19. Replaccement Killer
  20. The Bombing
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Has Elephant Man returned to the record company that propelled the Jamaican dancehall star to a worldwide audience with the release of the albums "Comin' 4 You", "Log On" and "Higher Level"? Is this a new album? The answer to both questions is NO! After his stint with Atlantic which led to the release of the "Good 2 Go" set, the self-proclaimed "Energy God" has recently signed to P Diddy's 'Bad Boy' label and a brand new album called "Press Play" can be expected later this year.

Elephant Man born September 11, 1976 as O'Neil Bryant in Kingston, Jamaica, also known as The Energy God is one of the most colorful characters on the dancehall scene. His stagename stemmed from his large ears, which led to the nickname Dumbo Elephant in his youth. "Ele" started out his musical career as a member of the Scare Dem Crew, later continuing as a solo artist. He was characterized for several trademarks, such as his yellow-orange hair, his unique low-key voice, or his stage performance, which included excessive jumping and running, or even climbing on stage props and monitors. His acoustic trademark is marked by a light lisp.

This (compilation) album is the first in Greensleeves' brand new 'Monsters Of Dancehall' series, which as part of the 30th year anniversary celebrations focuses in on their most celebrated dancehall artists, past and present. It consists of several tracks taken from Ele's first three full length releases for the London based label complemented with tunes that appeared on several Greeensleeves Rhythm Albums.

Thus we're treated to an enjoyable collection of massive dancehall anthems including "Elephant Message", "Shizzle Ma Nizzle", "Krazy", "Egyptian Dance", "Jamaica", "Chiney Ting", "Log On", and "Truth Hurts", on hit riddims like "Diwali". "Mad Ants", "Egyptian Dance", "Martial Arts", "Coolie Dance", "Hard Drive". and "Masterpiece", licensed from the biggest labels and producers in reggae dancehall today, such as Byron Murray (In The Streetz), Donovan Bennett (Don Corleon), King Jammys, Steven 'Lenky' Marsden (40/40), Jeremy Harding (2 Bad), Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell (Stone Love), Richard 'Shams' Browne (B-Rich) and Cordel 'Scatta' Burrell (King of Kings)

This cd is a perfect release for those who have become a fan of Elephant Man after the release of "Good 2 Go" as it contains material from the period 1999 - 2003. On the other hand we're pretty sure his initial fans already have collected all the tunes gathered here, so patiently waiting for the new album to come will be their device.