Beenie Man Verzuz Bounty Killa KaBoom!
Updated: Aug 3
The much anticipated Memorial Day “Soundclash Edition” of Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s flagship IG Live series between dancehall legends Bounty Killa and Beenie Man lived up to the hype and delivered on all fronts.
In true Jamaican fashion, the two veterans put on a fantastic display of lyrical prowess, showmanship and improvisation that is the hallmark of Jamaican popular culture.
In typical Jamaican style the clash broke new ground, it was the first face-to-face clash, and live performances, all successfully executed (sorry Teddy Riley and extemporaneous lyrics flowed like a river.
The police tried to disrupt the historical event, underscoring the confrontational relationship between the police and popular culture in Jamaica. A relic of its colonial past.
Even after 50 odd years of Independence, the stain of British oppression looms large in the home of Reggae.
The “Soundclash Edition” was energetic, humorous, competitive and most of all, done in a positive and friendly manner. Kudos to the two veterans who displayed the maturity that was lacking from their careers in the early contentious 1990s.The rounds were competitive with the challengers making greats attempts to outsmart each other.
Both had their moments, but Bounty Killa scored some big point in terms of clash culture. The two burial theme onslaughts stand out. However, Beenie Man had his outstanding moments and scored big in one instance that would have missed viewers who were not Jamaican.
The 'Clash' was considered by most fans the best so far in term of energy, vibes and spontaneity. Close to 500,000 viewers tuned in on IG and included the likes of Rihanna, Dj Envy, Timbaland, Daniel Strurridge, Usain Bolt, Konshens, Dj Clarke Kent, DJ Khaled, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Buju Banton, Sean Paul and Damian Marley. The Verzuz team of Timbaland and Swiss Beatz will have to reconsidered the format going forward.
At the end of the day Jamaican music culture, collaboration in music and authentic dancehall won.