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10 greatest moments in Reggae Sumfest history

Entering its 22nd year, Reggae Sumfest has emerged from an upstart concert showcasing Reggae’s elite into a multi-genre mega-event, drumming up international interest and diverse crowds, becoming the biggest festival in Jamaica.

Offering the best entertainers from Jamaica and overseas, Sumfest has become Jamaican music’s most defining and anticipated event; this year promising to be no different with acts such as Damian Marley, Busy Signal, Wiz Khalifa, Chronixx and Tessanne Chin on the bill. With the 2014 edition of the ‘Greatest Reggae show on Earth’ being just over a week away, here’s a look at the 10 best moments in Sumfest’s decorated history.

 

Reggae Sumfest 1993Reggae Sumfest is born (1993): Back in 1993, Sumfest was introduced in an era where other, more revered stage shows such as Reggae Sunsplash and STING took hold of Jamaican’s musical consciousness. With Sunsplash facing extinction due to lack of sponsorship and government assistance, a group of business persons in Montego Bay, branding themselves as Summerfest Productions, came up with the idea and held the then four-day show from August 11-14 that year.

The experiment worked well as the show featured the best Dancehall and Reggae had to offer with performances from Beenie Man, Burning Spear, Supercat, Frankie Paul, Gregory Isaacs, Lady Saw and many more. The thousands in attendance at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex left generally pleased, and from there, a phenomenon was born.

Once Sunsplash faded away in 1998, Sumfest became the premiere Reggae event in Jamaica, committing to promoting the roots of the island’s music while introducing new stars to the fold, adding legitimacy to the show over time.

 

Boyz II MenBoyz II Men, Kci- and Jojo bring some foreign flavor (1998): The early years of Sumfest were a struggle for organizers, as production costs rose and revenues lowered, with the show failing to distinguish itself from Sunsplash and other rival shows given its all-Reggae/Dancehall theme.

So, in 1998, Summerfest Productions took the initiative to add international acts to the show as Boyz II Men and Kci & Jojo graced the Sumfest stage. Boyz II Men in particular, dazzled, with their hour-long set regarded to this day as one of the greatest performances in Sumfest history, reeling in one of the show’s largest crowds and giving organizers the boost that they needed to carry on.

Of course, this move was met with some criticism at home given the addition of other genres to a predominantly Reggae-enthused show. However, the move was rather shrewd on Summerfest’s part, considering the festival was being held in a tourist haven among a very diverse population that craved all genres. This allowed for Sumfest to gain mainstream attention overseas, attracting more patrons and bringing in a bigger revenue stream.

 

Dennis BrownDennis Brown Tribute (1999): Just over a month before the seventh installment of Reggae Sumfest, the Jamaican music fraternity lost one of its true icons as Dennis Emmanuel Brown at the tender age of 42, dying as a result of a collapsed lung.

The loss of Brown was a tough blow and at Reggae Sumfest 1999, industry stalwarts, Gregory Isaacs, George Nooks and John Holt paid tribute to Brown with a ‘three the hard way’ performance in which they reeled off a number of hits by the ‘Crown Prince of Reggae,’ including How Could I Be, Get Myself Together and more.

Fans were rocking and singing along as they paid tribute to one of Reggae music’s jewels, who undoubtedly left an indelible mark on pop culture, which is still evident to this day. This performance showed how much Brown meant to the music fraternity.

Destiny's ChildSumfest gets ‘Bootylicious’ (2003): After Beyoncé landed one of her biggest hits to date alongside Dancehall superstar, Sean Paul with the chart-topping classic, Baby Boy, Sumfest organizers felt it was only natural decided to bring her group, Destiny’s Child to Jamaica at a time when she, the group and the song were at their peak.

Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams dazzled with hits such as Bootylicious, Say My Name and more while Beyoncé performed Baby Boy, to raptures from a captivated audience.

They were the only international act billed in 2003, but their sultry lyrics and well-choreographed movements made their performance stand out as one of the great sets in Sumfest history.

Akon Reggae SumfestAkon hangs ten with the crowd (2008): When he came to Sumfest in July 2008, Akon wanted to do something that would embed him in the minds of music lovers when they came to the 16th edition of the show.

So when the Senegalese-born star graced the stage on International Night 1, Akon decided to get involved with the crowd, literally, as the shirtless singer climbed over security posts and hung out with members of the audience while performing, before doing a crowd surf like your typical rock star through a mosh pit.

 

You rarely see this kind of risk being taken in Jamaica, but it surely paid off and had fans talking about his performance for years to come.

Elephant Man, Chris Brown and UsherElephant Man, Chris Brown and Usher dance up a storm (2010): At the turn of the decade, Sumfest once again upped the ante with its international lineup, bringing R&B megastars, Chris Brown and Usher to Jamaica.

Usher was joined on stage by Brown and the ‘Energy God,’ Elephant Man, who previously collaborated with both singers, winding the crowd into a frenzy. The trio gave fans many memorable moments, with Ele teaching the two singers how to deejay in Jamaican patois while engaging the two in a dance-off.

The trio had ladies in the audience screaming for more as they gave us nearly two hours of raw energy that few have been able to match on Reggae’s greatest stage.

 

Nicki Minaj Reggae SumfestNicki Minaj drops (F) bombs (2011): The following year, Sumfest looked to build on the success of its 2010 show by inviting one of the hottest names in music in 2011, Nicki Minaj, and got a bit of everything during her set.

The Trinidadian-American singer, who joined forces with Gyptian on his Hold Yuh remix several months prior, came to much fanfare and gave a scintillating set, as fans sang along to hits such as Your Love, Dungeon Dragon and more.

She even including spurts of Jamaican dialect during a high-energy set filled with booty-shaking, strong choreography and a couple of F bombs sprinkled in. The latter got her in trouble with Jamaican police after the show, as she was charged with using profanity. Minaj was later fined JA$1,000 for her troubles, or the equivalent of the cost of a candy bar States-side. Nevertheless, she made sure she left her mark in Sumfest history with a memorable set.

 

 

Damian Marley Reggae SumfestDamian Marley’s performances (Insert any year here): This one is less of a specific moment and more of a tribute to arguably the greatest pure performer to grace Sumfest’s stage, Damian Jr. Gong’ Marley.

Every year Sumfest has invited Marley to perform, not only did he fail to disappoint, but every time left the show taking away the unofficial honor of performer of the festival. In 2002, his rendition of his late father, Bob Marley’s Could You Be Loved along brothers Stephen Marley, Ky-Mani Marley and Julian Marley induced goose bumps throughout the crowd.

The last two years in particular only solidified this sentiment, taking International Night 2 by storm in 2012 and 2013 with hits such as Still Searching, Affairs of the Heart, Welcome to Jamrock and many other of his classics to raptures from the crowd, performing with undoubted electricity reminiscent of his father.

If you want to guarantee a satisfactory Sumfest, or any major stage show for that matter, book Damian Marley for it, and with the Grammy-winning singer on this year’s bill, that’s almost sure to be the case once more.

Lady Saw crownedThe Queen of Dancehall gets her crown (2012): For nearly two decades, Lady Saw announced herself as one of the greatest deejays ever, male or female, rightfully given the title of the ‘Queen of Dancehall’ for her many contributions to the genre, including a Grammy, several classics while stamping her authority on Jamaican music with her raunchy, take no prisoners approach.

However, until the 20th edition of Sumfest came about in 2012, that title was unofficial. That chance on Dancehall Night of the anniversary show when organizers officially crowned her the queen of Dancehall in a ceremony honoring her aforementioned contributions, with a throne and everything. It was a just reward for Lady Saw, who broke down several barriers so her female contemporaries could see greater opportunities locally and internationally.

 

 

 

Shabba Ranks Reggae SumfestShabba’s homecoming (2012): Undoubtedly the greatest moment in the Sumfest history in this humble writer’s opinion has to be the return of Dancehall’s emperor, ‘big, dutty stinkin’ Shabba Ranks to home soil in 2012 as he gave arguably the show’s greatest performance ever.

For the show’s 20th anniversary, Johnny Gourzong knew he had to pull off something out of this world in order for the show to standout more than any other in history. So he went for one of Jamaica’s most celebrated international acts, who had not graced Jamaican shores since 2001, when he moved to the United States rather anonymously.

When he came back, it was a completely different story, receiving a hero’s welcome as large crowds gathered for him at the Norman Manley International Airport and in Olympic Gardens, the community he was raised in.

Knowing it must have cost an arm and a leg to convince Shabba to come back, you would think Sumfest organizers were hoping and praying Shabba would give patrons an all-time great performance, and that he did on International Night 1 that July, performing two-hour-long set full of classics such as Trailer Load, Bedroom Bully and many more; later collaborating with Reggae/Dancehall songstress, Cherine Anderson as they gyrated to lots of approval from the thousands in the crowd.

Shabba also received honors from the ministry of culture for his vast contributions to the music industry, which included two Grammys in the early 90s. It was the welcome back he thoroughly deserved and made his return the greatest moment in Reggae Sumfest history.

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Updated 7-24 – Official Video : Busta Rhymes Ft. Nicki Minaj – Twerk It

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Behind the Scenes Video || Nicki Minaj and Busta Rhymes do new song entirely in Jamaican patois

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Busta Rhymes and Nicki MinajInternationally acclaimed rappers, Nicki Minaj and Busta Rhymes have combined their Caribbean roots to create a new single recorded entirely in Jamaican patois.

The curvaceous Trinidadian-American rapper and Jamaican-born hip-hop veteran recently recorded a remix to Busta Rhymes’ hit single, Twerk It, voicing the song in their best Jamaican dialect. The Pharrell Williams produced remix was unveiled on Thursday, featuring lyrics from that paid tribute to Jamaica’s Dancehall elite, including Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel.

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“Dutty gal, when ya see mi and what yu fi do/ Bow down, big chain and it heavy too,” Minaj sings while she and Rhymes sing, “Come here gyal wey yu a duh? What a gwaan? Dun wid dat, Dutty Wine … Tony Matterhorn … Kartel, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer too roll di weed buss a dutch all Rizla too.”


Though in the past, many American entertainers have used Dancehall samples, verses and Jamaican sayings in their music, this is the first time two American rappers have ever done a song entirely in Jamaican patois

Neither Busta Rhymes nor Nicki Minaj are strangers to implement Dancehall themes in their music. Busta Rhymes has used dialect in many of his songs and scored noteworthy collaborations, such as his chart-topping hit, Make It Clap (feat. Spliff Star and Sean Paul) as well as Wine and Go Down, alongside Vybz Kartel.

Minaj has long expressed her affection for Jamaican music as well, featuring on the remix for Gyptian’s hit song, Hold Yuh in 2010 and featured on French Montana’s recent single, Freaks, which samples the Murder She Wrote rhythm created by Sly and Robbie. She was also the headline international act at the 2011 edition of Reggae Sumfest.

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Tiana European tour

Tiana features on remix with Nicki Minaj and Mavado, stars on European tour

Tiana European tourThe reigning ‘Dancehall Duchess,’ Tiana has been on a roll in recent weeks as she continues her tour of Europe; scoring a major collaboration of sorts in the process.

Tiana has been featured on a soon-to-be-released remix alongside Trinidadian-American rap sensation, Nicki Minaj and Dancehall stalwart, Mavado. The remix, done by ‘The Remix King,’ DJ Dain features a mash-up of Tiana’s Freaky Man, a remix of Vybz Kartel’s Freaky Girl: Part 3 and Freaks, by Nicki Minaj and French Montana, with a sprinkling vocals by the ‘Gully Gaad’ across the song.

This remix is sure to be a smash for Dancehall and hip-hop fans as it encompasses various elements of urban music in one song.

It is another achievement for Tiana, who has been enjoying her first tour of Europe since April 13th. The Tiana: Live in Action tour has seen the Duchess perform at shows in Austria and across various German cities, including Dortmund, Bochum and Detmold.

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DJ Fella Remix Project Mixtape

DJ Fella befriends different concepts with new ‘Remix Project’

DJ Fella Remix Project MixtapeProminent Canadian Dancehall/Reggae producer and disc jock, DJ Fella has gone all out creatively with his latest compilation that remakes many the biggest hits from many of Jamaica and North America’s top musicians.

Fella is set to release the aptly titled DJ Fella Remix Project Mixtape as he aims to broaden his range in 2013. Known for making remixes combining the best elements of various genres, DJ Fella’s new mixtape features remakes of 46 tracks from varying genres, including Dancehall, hip-hop and R&B.

Several twists and turns await listeners on the DJ Fella Remix Project Mixtape as he remakes flashback favorites such as Lil Wayne and Bobby Valentino’s Mrs. Officer and Christopher Martin using techno-like instrumentals while doing Dancehall versions of more recent favorites like Out of My Head (Lupe Fiasco and Trey Songz) and Tyga’s Rack City.

Many other tracks are mixed in the musical blender as music fans get a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear songs like One By One (Laza Morgan and Mavado) done on a more soothing, R&B beat, to Beyonce’s Summer Time being heard on the famous Summer Time Riddim beat which Dancehall’s elite such as Vybz Kartel and Popcaan helped bring to worldwide popularity

Other hits like Chan Dizzy’s Hello Badmind and Ne-Yo’s So Sick take you back in time to the 1990s while Fella reaches for the 1960s classic I Want You Back by the legendary Jackson Five as he gives it a 21st century makeover. Fans can also enjoy interesting remakes of chart-toppers like Let It Burn (Usher), Settle Down (Mavado) and Wiz Khalifa’s Black and Yellow while Nicki Minaj takes us across the universe in Starships, soca style and Psy shows us a new way to groove to Gangnam Style.

The Remix Project Mixtape will be available for free download via Mediafire at: www.mediafire.com/file/gdn01fqgqocjjpi

This follows up a successful 2012 for DJ Fella, who saw his That’s Big In Life mixtape receive thousands of downloads and plaudits from across Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean.

The myriad of sounds from the DJ Fella Remix Project Mixtape will take the average music fan to new heights.

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Gyptian to unveil new album in early 2013

Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Gyptian hopes to re-create international buzz for himself two years after his biggest hit to date, with the upcoming release of his new album.

After topping overseas charts and copping a Soul Train award with his popular single, Hold Yuh in 2010, Gyptian seeks similar success as he will unveil a new studio album dubbed, Sex, Love and Reggae in the first quarter of 2013. The compilation is a follow-up to a new, six-song EP that the Serious Times singer, released under the same name.

The Sex, Love and Reggae EP includes covers of classic songs such as One More Night by Gregory Isaacs and True Colours by Cyndi Lauper.

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Popcaan and Drake to collaborate?

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Popcaan could soon score another hit collaboration with an overseas sensation as he seeks to build his consistently impressive resume.

Having joined forces with rap legends such as Busta Rhymes (Only Man She Want Remix) and Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg), Popcaan could soon add Canadian hip-hop superstar, Drake to his list of international collaborators after meeting up with the Marvin’s Room singer in his hometown of Toronto recently.

Popcaan performed a pair of shows during the much hyped Caribana weekend in Toronto, to rave reviews. While in Canada’s largest city, Popcaan received an invitation from Drake to attend the OVO Fest, an annual concert hosted by Drake in Toronto. This, after Drake and his team reached out to the Ravin’ singer months leading up to the Caribana festival.

The OVO Fest not only featured performances from rap superstars such as Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Meek Millz and Snoop Lion, but also saw Drake and Popcaan link up backstage where they discussed the prospect of working together going forward.

“I met Drake backstage at OVO Fest, then linked again at the after party on Sunday, (August 5th). After that di vibes did mad so we went to two private parties on Monday, following di show,” Popcaan intimated via press release.

“Meeting Drake was good; he’s cool and wants to come to Jamaica again. Him rate my ‘Yiy Change’ mixtape. His whole crew knows the mixtape well. He likes my music and knows all di slangs.”

Drake has long been an admirer of Popcaan’s music; constantly tweeting out phrases and lyrics coined by the former Portmore Empire deejay.

Though back in Jamaica, Popcaan will return to Canada this Saturday where he’s scheduled to perform at the Montreal International Reggae Festival before heading for shows in Winnipeg as well as Hamilton, Ottawa and London, Ontario respectively.

“It’s been a crazy summer but mi give thanks, especially to all di fans that show up and pack di shows. Di fans dem mad, dem fry. Canada always shows me nuff love; respect to the Canadians fans straight,” he said.

Popcaan has been performing across the Caribbean and back home as well throughout the summer, travelling to Martinique, Guadeloupe and Trinidad while also giving rousing sets at Reggae Sumfest 2012 as well as the recently concluded Smirnoff Dream Weekend in Negril.

Furthermore, Popcaan has continued recording; recently unveiling tracks such as Bay Badness, Me Baby Dat and will soon release the single, Me Caan Believe (Young Vibez Production) as well as a song on the Pre-Release Riddim, crafted by ZJ Liquid.

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R Kelly, Trey Songz set for Reggae Sumfest 2012

The 20th edition of Reggae Sumfest will see some international flavor added to its bill as a pair of R&B superstars will take to the Catherine Hall stage this July.

Highly acclaimed veteran singer, R Kelly and two-time Grammy nominated R&B artiste, Trey Songz have been confirmed for Reggae Sumfest 2012, which will take place from July 15-21 in Montego Bay. Trey Songz will take to the stage on International Night 1 (July 20) while R Kelly will perform on International Night 2 the following night.

R Kelly was due to perform at last year’s edition of Reggae Sumfest but had to pull out after complaining of throat pain and later having an emergency operation on said throat. Though Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj was added to the bill and delivered a memorable performance, many fans were disappointed by R Kelly’s absence.

However, Sumfest organizer, Johnny Gourzong insists that Kelly felt really bad about his inability to perform at last year’s event and hopes to make it up to his Jamaican fans in grand fashion.

“R Kelly was so disappointed with not being able to come to Sumfest last year that we spent the whole year trying to work out a make-up date, which was Reggae Sumfest 2012,” Gourzong said in a press release.

Though not nearly as publicized, Trey Songz was also due to perform at last year’s show but was unable to do so due to a scheduling conflict.

According to Gourzong, many young music fans have been pleading with him to put the Heart Attack singer on his show.

“Everywhere I go, young people have been saying we need to have Trey Songz on the show and, hence, we decided to make it possible,” he said.

Gourzong intimated that both artistes are glad to be part of such a meaningful staging of Reggae Sumfest.

“Both international acts are excited to be here for Sumfest’s 20th anniversary and Jamaica’s 50th,” he said.

For R Kelly, this would be his second career performance in the island while it would be the debut of Trey Songz on Jamaican soil.

R Kelly remains a top quality act within R&B circles, known for classics such as I Believe I Can Fly, World’s Greatest, I Wish, Ignition (Remix), Bump & Grind as well as Number One (featuring Keri Hilson). Additionally, he’s renowned for the popular Trapped In The Closet series, for which he has release 22 chapters and announced this past March that it will continue.

Trey Songz has emerged as one of R&B’s princes in recent years, with singles such as Love Faces, Sex Ain’t Better Than Love and Already Taken. The prominent singer will be releasing his new studio album, Chapter V this summer.

Reggae Sumfest 2012 is being sponsored by Pepsi, the Jamaica Tourist Board as well as telecommunications giant, Digicel.

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Beenie Man retrieves United States work permit

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man will finally return to a U.S. stage after his work permit to the North American country has been officially reinstated.

Despite being issued a United States visa last summer, Beenie Man has yet to perform at an event in the country since his work permit was revoked by the Embassy of the United States in Kingston over two years ago. As a result, the self-professed King of the Dancehall was unable to perform on BET’s 106 and Park alongside Trinidadian-American hip-hop megastar, Nicki Minaj as originally scheduled this past April.

However, Beenie Man will perform at the first ever Groovin’ In The Park concert on July 1 at Roy Wilkins Park in the New York based borough of Queens. CEO of Groovin Inc. Christopher Roberts announced that Beenie Man will be a headliner at his company’s upcoming event while expressing glee regarding the prominent deejay’s retrieval of his American work permit.

“I am extremely excited to announce that our booking agent here in New York was able to secure a work permit for the Dancehall king, Beenie Man to be a headline performer at this year’s ‘Groovin In the Park’ concert on July 1,” Roberts said in a statement.

“Music fans in the tri-state area have been waiting for a very long time for the opportunity to see Beenie Man perform live here in the USA again. I am glad we were instrumental in making it happen for the fans. Beenie Man is an extremely talented entertainer and we are happy that he will be again able to showcase his talents on stage in New York.”

Groovin’ In The Park will also feature Reggae legends, Beres Hammond and Jimmy Cliff as the show honors three nations celebrating milestone independence anniversaries this year: United States (236) as well as Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago who will both be celebrating golden anniversaries this year (50).

 

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Mavado now part of the Cash Money umbrella following major merger

The international platform for prominent Dancehall singjay, Mavado keeps growing after a major merger within hip-hop circles has made him part of another highly regarded record label.

Last summer, Mavado signed his first international record deal with DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music Group and has since release reputable efforts such as Emergency with label mate, Ace Hood as well as Survivor featuring Senegalese-American hip-hop artiste, Akon and Soulja Girl. Additionally, the Do Road singer has been touring across the United States in recent months in an effort to market himself in the country following the re-issuance of his visa last July.

Earlier this week, Cash Money Records co-founder, Birdman announced that his label has now signed We The Best Music Group under their imprint, making Mavado an affiliate of the Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) as he’s now under the Cash Money umbrella.

According to Mavado’s long-time manager, Julian Jones-Griffiths, he and the Gully Gaad have been aware of this deal for quite some time, even before the singjay signed with We The Best Music Group and believes that the deal will be beneficial for all parties involved.

Additionally, he relayed that the move will be beneficial for all parties involved given the fact that Cash Money Records will now be involved in directly promoting and marketing Mavado’s projects with We The Best. Also, given Mavado’s close relationship with the Young Money Cash Money Billionaires, Jones-Griffiths believes that more collaborations are in store between Mavado and their artistes and even hinted that the public will soon hear them.

For his part, Mavado believes that the merger only adds to his international status while intimating that this will affect him in a positive way given the label that they’re now affiliated with.

The Cash Money Records label features a slew of premiere hip-hop talent who’ve enjoyed countless mainstream success, including Grammy-winning hip-hop megastar, Lil Wayne, Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj and Canadian singing/rapping sensation, Drake, with whom Mavado has performed alongside on numerous occasions.

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Visa issues cost Beenie Man performance with Nicki Minaj

Just a day before the highly anticipated return of Beenie Man to an American stage, issues regarding the prominent deejay’s visa have once again come of the forefront.

Beenie Man was set to perform alongside Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj on BET’s 106 & Park in New York on Tuesday. The duo were scheduled to perform their new hit collaboration, Gunshot, the first single off Minaj’s new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded which will be unveiled on Tuesday.

However, Beenie Man’s management team now claims that the iconic Dancehall artiste cannot meet his performing obligation on the BET show. The ‘King of the Dancehall’ does not own a work permit but does hold a visitor’s visa, which he received last summer and seemed in a good position to carry on with his performance.

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Beenie Man to perform alongside Nicki Minaj on BET’s 106 & Park

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man will play a major role in promoting Nicki Minaj’s album on the day of its release as he looks set to take New York by storm.

Beenie will perform alongside the Trinidadian-American hip-hop diva on stage during this coming Monday’s episode of BET’s 106 & Park. The duo will be performing their hit collaboration, Gunshot from Minaj’s new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded which will hit stores the following day.

This marks Beenie Man’s first performance in the United States since re-acquiring his visa last year. Despite the long wait to perform in America, the ‘King of the Dancehall’ believes that his international reputation has continued to elevate, regardless of that setback.

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Beenie Man to feature on new Nicki Minaj album

Legendary Dancehall superstar, Beenie Man continues to make himself a viable international presence as he’ll feature on the newest project by Trinidadian-American hip-hop superstar, Nicki Minaj.

Beenie Man will appear on Minaj’s upcoming album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which is scheduled for an April 3 release. The internationally acclaimed Dancehall star teamed with the curvaceous hip-hop diva on the single, Gunshot, which was recorded in Jamaica at Anchor Recording Studio, a label owned by veteran Reggae producer, Gussie Clarke.

According to Beenie Man, Gunshot will be a huge hit in the clubs while offering a vintage mixture of Dancehall and hip-hop.

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