Album review
Beenie Man
Shocking Vibes / Walboomers Music
17 - 05 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Bad Like We (With Anthony Redrose)
  2. Heights By Great Man
  3. Verbally (With Brian & Tony Gold)
  4. Hundred Dollar Bag
  5. Ganja Farm
  6. Crazy
  7. Damm
  8. Believe In Me
  9. 1-2-3
  10. In This Together
  11. L.O.Y.
  12. Good Better Best
  13. Skettel Tune (With Angel Doolas)
  14. Bitter Mi Blood
  15. You Ain't (With Lexxus)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3/4

Deejay Beenie Man, nicknamed 'His Royal Highness of Dancehall', still is the undisputed King of the Dancehall. From the early 90s on he has occupied the top position of the reggae dancehall class and one of the reason's he's so popular is that his style has evolved over the years. On his 1997 album Many Moods Of Moses he displays his versatility using several styles, ranging from from Nashville stylee, to hardcore dancehall and sweet R&B. The follow up The Doctor was more or less a compilation set that was compiled by Patrick Roberts of the renown Shocking Vibes crew, featuring his best tunes of the period.
His latest album from the Shocking Vibes camp includes all his hot Jamaican dancehall seven inch releases from the past months (no hip-hop and r&b crossovers, with the exception of Believe In Me). All Beenie Man and Dancehall fans will know and love the 15 tunes found here. The most hottest riddims of the moment are featured here, produced by Jamaican's top producers such as King Jammy, Collin 'Bulby' York, Richard 'Shams' Brownie, Shocking Vibes, Steely & Clevie and Stone Love. Ward 21's "Bellyas", Youngblood's "Antz" & "Razor Blade", Mo Music's "Headache #2", Stone Cold's "Spring Water", In The Streetz's "Crash", Call Me Shams' "Intercourse", "Steely & Clevie's "Bitter Blood" and Pot Of Gold's "Problem", just to name some of those hot and hit riddims that are expertly versioned by the "Doctor".
The album is a well varied dancehall set because it also includes some fine combination tunes. The cd opens with Beenie Man and Anthony Red Rose on the King Jammy produced Bad Like We across Annex's "WWW.Com" riddim. Verbally features the golden voices of Brian & Tony Gold, whilst on the R&B flavored tune Believe In Me Beenie Man delivers a fine vocal outing with the help of Brick & Lace. Vocalist Angel Douglas teams up with Beenie Man on the King Jammy production Skettel Tune across the "Bellyas" riddim. Finally upcoming deejay Lexxus joins Beenie Man for a hectic outing on the Stone Love produced track You Ain't.
"Trendsetter" is a useful and truly strong Beenie Man compilation set, covering his best tunes of the last months.

Teacher & Mr. T.