Dancehall/Reggae Artistes Remake Classic Beenie Man Tracks
Konshens, Christopher Martin get seal of approval from Beenie Man
As contemporary interest in his catalogue grows, dancehall superstar, Beenie Man is both pleased and supportive as his colleagues pay tribute to his work. Following the sample of his 1995 Dancehall track “Tear off mi garment” on Drake’s Views Album earlier this year, his catalogue has been revisited by a few of his dancehall counterparts. Two such dancehall artistes who have sampled Beenie Man’s work are Konshens and I-Octane.
Konshens’ newest release – Girls Dem Sugar – carries the classic Beenie Man chorus with a modern beat and new verses. The artiste gave his view on sampling and why he chose that song saying, “Well it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now and I’m just now getting around to it.
Beenie Man is a great artiste with great melody and songwriters worldwide can tell you that. The argument in the lyrics is a very bold and confident. It’s no secret that Beenie Man set that precedence so that an artiste like Konshens can have such a big impact on female audiences. He is a big part of bridging the gap between the hardcore aggressive dancehall and a deejay/sing-jay who caters to female audiences,” Konshens shared.
He added, “I think more new generation dancehall artiste need to sample some of the great melodies and hooks that the icons before us put out, we can’t allow the hip hop and other genres to consistently do it and we not doing it, that silly!”
Christopher Martin also did a recent remake of the hit “Blackboard” and hinted at being the ‘new girls dem sugar’ on the track.
“Dem yute yah bad! The songs are well produced, on key, and shows you the talent of this generation. I have always said that if no one is inspired by your work, it is not good,” shared Beenie Man.
I-Octane also gave his views, saying “Beenie Man is foundation. He is also still relevant today and has done the most Billboard hits, I used his line in my song as a comparison but also to show respect and give credit where it’s due. When you talk about gallis tune a Beenie Man start it.”
Beenie Man is set to release his latest album titled ‘Unstoppable’ on September 16, 2016. Unstoppable features productions from Major Lazer, Tony Kelly, Mario C, Jordan McClure, Seanizzle, Jeremy Harding and Don Corleone. The album is now available for pre-order on itunes.
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