Beenie Man, the King of the Dancehall, recently discussed the reconciliation between Spice and D’Angel and addressed concerns about dancehall’s alleged decline. In an interview with OnStage, Beenie Man stressed the importance of unity within the genre and expressed his belief in its enduring strength. He emphasized the need for hard work, audience connection, and collaboration between artists and producers.
Reconciliation Brings Unity
The ‘Romie’-Singer welcomed the unity displayed by Spice and D’Angel, who ended their five-year feud at the IRAWMA Awards. The women buried the hatchet and performed their collaboration, “No Worries,” on stage as a symbol of unity. Beenie Man noted that their reconciliation should have happened earlier for the song’s greater impact.
Affirms The Significance of Unity in Dancehall
Beenie Man firmly believes that unity is crucial in dancehall, opposing any dissonance within the genre. He referenced his own history with Bounty Killer, explaining that their feud aimed to bring artists to the forefront. He stressed the importance of artists uniting, making peace, and benefiting the dancehall community as a whole. Maintaining good relationships among artists is vital, according to Beenie Man.
Dancehall’s Endurance – “I am not declining.”
Dismissing concerns about dancehall’s decline, Beenie Man confidently declared, “I am not declining.” He highlighted the lasting relevance of his generation and dancehall itself. The artist attributed his own longevity to hard work in the studio and on stage. Beenie Man emphasized the need for artists to please the audience and deliver captivating performances.
“Yuh have some artistes bad inna studio but when them come pon stage dem can’t sing, them can’t last for 20 minutes..weh artistes need fi do is learn to please the audience…them come deh to be entertained.”
Challenges in Connecting with Dancehall Fans
The artist who’s real name is Moses Davis acknowledged the challenges dancehall faces in resonating with its fan base. He noted the different approaches of legendary producers like Dave and Tony Kelly compared to the younger generation. Some producers, according to Beenie Man, send riddims without providing clear artistic direction. He stressed the necessity for producers to offer specific instructions and guidance to enhance the quality and appeal of dancehall music.
The Changing Landscape of Producers
Beenie Man also discussed the changing landscape of producers in the dancehall industry. He mentioned that notable producers like Don Corleone and Rvssian no longer reside in Jamaica. These producers were praised for their ability to write lyrics, offer artistic guidance, and contribute to the genre’s growth.
“Those are the last producers and mi a tell you the truth, cause dem man deh actually produce, sit down and produce a song, can write lyrics, give you a likkle punchline, give you a little verse right desso, send you in the right direction because they produce” Beenie Man said.
Beenie Man’s Perspective in Harmony with Shocking Murray and Iniman
The ‘Girls Dem Sugar’-Artist’s perspective on unity and resilience in dancehall aligns harmoniously with the views expressed by Shocking Murray and Iniman. These artists collectively emphasize the global unity of reggae music, stressing the need for collaboration, education, and respect for its roots. Their shared vision serves as a rallying call for artists and fans alike to unite, preserve, and celebrate the enduring power of reggae on a global scale.
Beenie Man’s statements underscore the resilience of dancehall and its ability to overcome challenges. His support for unity among artists and his belief in the genre’s strength demonstrate his commitment to preserving and advancing dancehall music. Beenie Man’s insights inspire artists to work hard, please their audiences, and build enduring careers. While acknowledging the obstacles faced by dancehall, he remains optimistic about the genre’s future and its global appeal.