Beenie Man performing at Portmore Awards, 2007
|Birth name||Anthony Moses Davis|
|Born||August 22, 1973|
|Label(s)||Virgin Records (1998–2007)|
Anthony Moses Davis (born August 22, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica), better known by his stage name Beenie Man, is among the most popular reggae entertainers and is a well established dancehall artist. Events 392 - Arbogast has Eugenius elected Western Roman Emperor. Year 1973 ( MCMLXXIII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. Kingston is the Capital and largest city of Jamaica and is located on the southeastern coast of the island country Jamaica (ˈdʒəˈmeɪkə} is an Island nation of the Greater Antilles, in length and as much as in width situated in the Caribbean Sea. A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Dancehall is a type of Jamaican Popular music which developed in the late 1970s initially as a more sparse and less political and religious variant of Reggae Reggae is a Music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Virgin Records is a British Record label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, Simon Draper, and Nik Powell Events 392 - Arbogast has Eugenius elected Western Roman Emperor. Year 1973 ( MCMLXXIII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. Kingston is the Capital and largest city of Jamaica and is located on the southeastern coast of the island country Jamaica (ˈdʒəˈmeɪkə} is an Island nation of the Greater Antilles, in length and as much as in width situated in the Caribbean Sea. A stage name, also called a screen name, is a Pseudonym used by Performers and Entertainers such as Reggae is a Music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s Dancehall is a type of Jamaican Popular music which developed in the late 1970s initially as a more sparse and less political and religious variant of Reggae
Beenie Man was involved in the music industry from a young age when he won the Tastee Talent contest in 1980. Only one year later (1981), when he was eight years old, he recorded a single, "Too Fancy", with record producer "Junjo" Lawes. See also Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 List of 'years in music' In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Henry "Junjo" Lawes ( 1960, Kingston, Jamaica — 13 June 1999, London, England) was a highly influential By 1983, Beenie Man was recording with heavyweight DJs, such as Dillinger and Fathead and released his debut album, The Invincible Beenie Man: The Ten Year Old DJ Wonder and the single "Over the Sea. Toasting, Chatting, or Deejaying is the act of talking or Chanting over a Rhythm or beat. Dillinger (born Lester Bullocks, June 25 1953, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Reggae artist. " After such a prodigious start the artist's career lost momentum in the middle of the eighties decade. Beenie Man continued performing and honed his craft beside the then dominant dancehall figures including Ninjaman, Admiral Bailey and Shabba Ranks. He found his artistic home at the Shocking Vibes studio where he continued to record singles with only moderate success towards the end of the decade.
In 1995, Beenie Man released a remix of Barrington Levy's "Under Mi Sensi" in the United Kingdom, and collaborated with Dennis Brown and Triston Palma to release Three Against War and Lt. Barrington Levy (born 30 April 1964, in Clarendon, Jamaica) is a Reggae and Dancehall Recording artist. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located To see the former football player see Dennis Brown (football player Dennis Emmanuel Brown ( February 1, 1957 – July 1, Stitchie on Mad Cobra Meets Lt. Stitchie & Beenie Man. He took another step up the ladder in 1996, releasing the seminal Maestro, produced by Patrick Roberts and shot him to UK fame. Charles Patrick "Pat" Roberts (born April 20 1936 is the junior United States Senator from Kansas. During the period from the mid to late 1990s, Beenie Man dominated the Jamaican charts to the extent that he perhaps had a good claim to the crown of "Dancehall King", a title only bestowed previously on Yellowman in the early 1980s. Yellowman (born Winston Foster in Negril, Jamaica in 1959 is a Jamaican Reggae (rub-a-dub and Dancehall Deejay, widely The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989.
Beenie Man's first real break into the United States came in 1997. He heard an instrumental rhythm by an unknown producer named Jeremy Harding, and demanded to add his voice to the rhythm. So this was the birth of his first international hit; he recorded "Who Am I" and the single quickly went Gold. It opened the doors for the world to see a new reggae star in the pages of Newsweek and other major media outlets.
In 1998, Beenie Man signed to Virgin Records to release albums in the United States. Virgin Records is a British Record label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, Simon Draper, and Nik Powell The United States of America —commonly referred to as the His first American offering was The Doctor (1998). This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 1998 In 2000, Beenie Man released Art & Life which featured Arturo Sandoval and Wyclef Jean (The Fugees). See also 2000 in music (UK Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels Arturo Sandoval (born November 6, 1949) is a Jazz Trumpeter and Pianist. Wyclef Jean (ˈwajklɛf ˈʒɑn born Nelust Wyclef Jean on October 17, 1972) is a Haitian American Musician, Actor The Fugees were a critically-acclaimed New Jersey hip hop group that rose to fame in the mid-1990s whose repertoire included elements of soul and He received a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. During the late 1990s, Beenie Man began his conquest of America with the hits, "Romie", "Who Am I", and "Girls Dem Sugar", which featured American R&B singer, Mýa. Mýa Marie Harrison, professionally known as Mýa or Mýa Harrison, is an American Grammy award Winning R&B and During this time he received an impressive number of international music awards, while remaining at the top of the local charts.
In 2002, he had a sizeable hit with a duet with Janet Jackson called "Feel It Boy", but his biggest break in America came in early 2004 with the release of a remix of "Dude", featuring guest vocals by fellow Jamaican Ms. Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16 1966 is an American recording artist and entertainer " Feel It Boy " is a 2002 single by rapper Beenie Man from the album Tropical Storm. Thing, as well as rhymes by Shawnna. Rashawnna Guy (born in Chicago, Illinois) better known as Shawnna, is an American rapper. He thus cemented his fan base on both sides of the Atlantic.
Beenie Man is currently married to Michelle Downer aka D'Angel. The two were married in August 2006 in a lavish ceremony in Jamaica. A DVD of their wedding was bootlegged and sold afterwards. They welcomed their son Marco Dean in November 2006. However, their relationship was short. In June of 2007, Beenie man separated from his wife and they are currently in the process of divorcing.
In 1991 Beenie Man was booed off stage at a show celebrating the visit of Nelson Mandela. Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (xolíɬaɬa mandéːla born 18 July 1918 is a former President of South Africa, the first to be elected in fully representative After this crushing event Beenie Man renewed his desire for success, and at the age of nineteen the album Cool Cool Rider was released largely unnoticed. He still continued to pursue dancehall stardom by releasing a slew of tunes to start the decade. It was at the same time that a notable artist from Seaview community in Jamaica emerged bearing the name Bounty Killer. Both deejays found success with violent lyrics and hostile delivery and soon accused each other of plagiarism. In 1993 at the very popular show Sting, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer met in a lyrical battle that has become legendary in dancehall history. This is a summary of significant events in music in 1993. Events January Bounty Killer (born Rodney Basil Price June 12, 1972 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall Their feud continued on the air with each artist counteracting the other's songs. In 1995, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer appeared to settle their differences on the air by actually signing a peace treaty. The album Guns Out was soon released, featuring tunes from both deejays and bearing a photograph from their legendary battle on stage. This was followed by a single, "No Mama No Cry", a rehash of the Bob Marley classic "No Woman No Cry", telling Bounty Killer, "Fuck off man I don't want no beef", another popular Deejay. Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley OM (February 6 1945 – May 11 1981 was a Jamaican Musician, Singer-songwriter and Rastafarian The two artists soon found enough common ground to perform together on a number of local shows in the mid nineties.
Partially as a result of prodding from his producers, Sly and Robbie, Beenie Man soon converted to the Rastafari movement. Sly and Robbie are one of Reggae 's most prolific and long lasting production teams The Rastafari movement (also known as Rastafari, Rastafarianism or simply Rasta) is a monotheistic, Abrahamic, New Testament
In 1994, he was signed by Island Records and released the critically acclaimed album Blessed. Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) Island Records is a Record label that was founded by British record producers in Jamaica. Blessed is a Dancehall album by Jamaican musician Beenie Man, released in 1995 (see 1995 in music)
The truce between the two artists proved to be short-lived. In the late nineties, as their popularity in Jamaica and internationally grew, neither deejay seemed willing to admit that the other was as worthy of the spotlight. Verbal attacks on each other were again delivered in interviews, studio releases and live performances. Now going fourteen years, the war of words between Beenie Man and Bounty Killer continues today as one of the longest rivalries in the history of music. In 2006 Beenie Man married D'Angel, who is Bounty Killer's ex-girlfriend.
Beenie Man's songs have been criticized for being openly anti-homosexual, with lyrics such as "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays" , in a country where sexual minority groups are under physical threat  . In July 2006, gay rights activists protested the artist's inclusion in an HIV/AIDS concert put on by LIFEbeat, the music industry's AIDS organization. After three days of protests, the concert organizers cancelled the event. MTV had plans to include Beenie Man in their roster of performers at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards, held in Miami, Florida, but after protests MTV decided to exclude Beenie Man . MTV ( Music Television) is an American Cable television network based in New York City. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The MTV Video Music Awards were established in the end of the summer of 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top Music videos of the year Virgin promptly issued apologies for the lyrics that caused the protests. Virgin Records is a British Record label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, Simon Draper, and Nik Powell
Criticisms of his lyrics have received significant publicity, but Beenie Man has defended his position by saying, "I reserve the right to criticize any lifestyle I feel is not wholesome". In response, Peter Tatchell of the LGBT rights' group OutRage responded: "Incitement to murder is a criminal offence. Peter Gary Tatchell (born 25 January 1952) is an Australian born British Human rights activist who gained international celebrity OutRage! is a direct action campaigning group in the United Kingdom which was formed to fight for what they saw as the rights of Lesbian, Gay and bisexual Free speech does not include the right to encourage the killing of other human beings" (OutRage ).
In October 2007, a Jamaican judge issued an arrest warrant for Beenie Man after failing to appear in court on tax evasion charges, three weeks after being informed that he owed the Jamaican revenue department over US$600,000 in unpaid taxes and penalties.