With us being quarantined due to COVID-19, Memorial Day weekend seems like just another date on the calendar. Swizz Beats and Timbaland’s Verzuz Instagram Live battles have helped us cope and vibe. Bounty Killer and Beenie Man raised the bar, to put it simply. RZA & DJ Premier was a history lesson. Erykah Badu & Jill Scott a lesson in sisterhood. Nelly & Ludacris a
(massacre in Luda’s favor) a throwback to early 2000’s parties. Bounty Killer and Beenie Man put on a legit concert.
Jamaica was on full display for this epic event. The two Jamaican dancehall artists provide a different sound that had yet to be displayed in the Verzuz series thus far. They are both icons in the dancehall scene and have been killing it dating back to the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Dancehall and hip-hop have historically intersected throughout both of their respective histories, and both Beenie Man and Bounty Killer have the catalog to prove it.
But this was simply a concert. Two brethens biggin’ up each other and the culture. Displaying YAAAARRRDDD to the world. Dancehall, calypso, soca artists tend to be extremely funny as well, injecting jokes into their routine constantly. I do wonder how many people were able to actually discern the jokes since these men obvious speak with heavy Jamaican accents. This isn’t Chet Hanks or Safaree speaking in fake patois.
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Just as the battle began picking up traction, it was stopped momentarily as it appeared that the police were called. While it’s unknown what prompted them to show up, Beenie Man was able to handle the situation and keep the battle going.
“The police are here, but we’re not stopping,” Beenie said during the stream. “Because before COVID-19 it was murderers killing people, it was people killing people. Then COVID-19 started killing people. So we do this.”
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