Art and Life

Art and Life

by Beenie Man
     
 

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Old-school toaster Beenie Man, a.k.a. Moses Davis, has performed professionally since the age of 5, and at 26 he's long been considered a veteran in reggae terms. But his appeal is not founded as much in his experience as it is in his vocal and musical flexibility and his ability to balance hard-hitting rawness with feel-good commercial sense, which he proved with his

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Old-school toaster Beenie Man, a.k.a. Moses Davis, has performed professionally since the age of 5, and at 26 he's long been considered a veteran in reggae terms. But his appeal is not founded as much in his experience as it is in his vocal and musical flexibility and his ability to balance hard-hitting rawness with feel-good commercial sense, which he proved with his '95 Blessed and again in '97 with Many Moods of Moses, yielding hits on both the R&B and country-western charts. His latest finds the Jamaican lyrical wizard working Rasta magic on a humorous pastiche of sexual posturing and socially conscious manifestoes, all nailed down on a canvas of ass-shakin' ragga, hip-hop, reggae, and dancehall jams. Beenie casts a wide net with the Latin dancehall beats of "Tumble," featuring Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval atop Beenie's raps in Spanish and English, and "I've Got a Date," which maintains a laid-back groove throughout by borrowing the bassline from the Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There." He switches gears to team with Wyclef Jean on the dancehall/hip-hop hybrid "Love Me Now," lacing the mellow funk of "Girls Them Sugar" with his trademark catch phrase "sim simma," and dropping slick rhymes against the whispered croonings of ghetto diva Mya. The rest of the album features fun midtempo reggae tracks like "9 to 5," "The Best I Got," and "Analyze This," along with the rap-savvy dissin' of "Haters and Fools" and the title cut's soulful homage to reggae harmony. [Art & Life was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2000
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724384909420
catalogNumber:
49094

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beenie Man   Primary Artist
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet
Donald Dennis   Bass
Michael Fletcher   Bass
Brian & Tony Gold   Vocals,Background Vocals,Overdubs
Tony Gold   Overdubs
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Paul Crossdale   Keyboards
Althea Layne   Vocal Harmony
Andrew Coleman   Dubs

Technical Credits

Sly Dunbar   drum programming
Dean Fraser   Vocal Arrangements
Tony Kelly   Producer,Engineer
Melbourne Miller   drum programming
Barry O'Hare   Engineer
Salaam Remi   Producer
Andrew Thomas   Engineer
Tommy Uzzo   Engineer
Gary Noble   Engineer
John Seymour   Engineer
Raymond Ledgister   Engineer
Patrick Moxey   Executive Producer
Pharrell Williams   Producer
Luis Diaz   Engineer
Rockwilder   Remixing
Clyde McKenzie   Executive Producer
Chad Hugo   Producer
Marlon Cooke   Engineer
Kunley McCarthy   Engineer
Gary Jackson   Engineer

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