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Arguably the most popular dancehall performer since Shabba Ranks, Moses Davis a. k. a. Beenie Man has put six years between himself and the double-shot singles that minted his legend, "Who Am I" and "The Girls Dem Sugar." Back to Basics sports his most addictive single since: "Dude," featuring the vocoderized vocal of Ms. Thing and a relentless riddim that's ruled the charts in Jamaica. The aptly titled disc attempts to clear the slate for the Doctor, whose recent output has been messy with crossover attempts and self-indulgence, laser-focusing on hard dancehall tracks, produced by JA hitmakers Dave Kelly, Tony Kelly, Don Corleon, and Beenie himself. No reggae opera, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Arguably the most popular dancehall performer since Shabba Ranks, Moses Davis a. k. a. Beenie Man has put six years between himself and the double-shot singles that minted his legend, "Who Am I" and "The Girls Dem Sugar." Back to Basics sports his most addictive single since: "Dude," featuring the vocoderized vocal of Ms. Thing and a relentless riddim that's ruled the charts in Jamaica. The aptly titled disc attempts to clear the slate for the Doctor, whose recent output has been messy with crossover attempts and self-indulgence, laser-focusing on hard dancehall tracks, produced by JA hitmakers Dave Kelly, Tony Kelly, Don Corleon, and Beenie himself. No reggae opera, no Spanish crooning, lullabies, cowboy yodels, or any other whimsies that Beenie fans have had to endure. Held up by the dancehall don's Hummer crash in Mandeville (he broke a few ribs and a collapsed lung required emergency surgery), the hotly anticipated Basics is sure to please Beenie's gal (and bwoy) massive.
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The world became a better place when Beenie Man released "Dude," the steamy rump shaker with a sting in its tail that kicks off the man's return to dancehall, Back to Basics. The 99.9 percent dancehall album makes 2002's star-studded Tropical Storm sound like an overly planned showcase as it trades Janet Jackson and the Neptunes for Jimmy Cheeztrix and Steven "Lenky" Marsden. Sounds like a raw deal if you're all about pop, but when dancehall fans get to hear their hero sounding so comfortable and languid they really couldn't ask for more. You can fault the album for feeling much like a scattershot collection rather than a planned full-length, but forgiving the lack of structure of dancehall albums yields spontaneous rewards when you're dealing with a talent like Beenie. Take the compressed thumper "Dr. Know" -- a wild character that both the Detroit Grand Pubahs and Kool Keith wish they thought of -- or the hypnotic "Grindacologist" with its irresistible "left, right, left, right" hook and Yaz-styled keyboards. The real find is the impromptu acoustic jam "Back Against the Wall," a nearly roots number that's proof Beenie is a reggae genius to all those who can't say anything nice about synthetic ragga. The Timbaland-produced "All Girls Party" is the lone crossover attempt, and while it's topped by the album's Jamaican tracks, its frisky beat gives Beenie plenty of lyrical inspiration. R. Kelly is the only other singer who could deliver "take off your underwear" as convincingly as Beenie does on his excellent "King of the Dancehall" anthem, and when he mimics Yellowman's faux Chinese on "Love All Girls," it's an admirable nod to an obvious influence. Good to see the man moving away from just odes to booty with these little lyrical touches and the deep "Back Against the Wall," but he still nails the naughty numbers like he was born to strut. You really shouldn't be caught in the bedroom without a copy of "Dude," and with Beenie so glad to be home throughout the album, Back to Basics is a keeper.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724359517322
  • Catalog Number: 95173

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dude - Ms. Thing (4:15)
  2. 2 King of the Dancehall (3:37)
  3. 3 Love All Girls (4:04)
  4. 4 Dr. Know - Jimmy Cheeztrix (3:41)
  5. 5 Grindacologist - Kymberli (4:17)
  6. 6 Get on Bad (3:45)
  7. 7 Good Woe (3:34)
  8. 8 Doctor Mi Rate Yu - Ms. Thing (3:34)
  9. 9 Set Away (3:43)
  10. 10 Eloh (3:28)
  11. 11 All Girls Party (3:43)
  12. 12 Pu**y Language (2:58)
  13. 13 D-O or G-O - Ghost (3:42)
  14. 14 If a Neva God - Kirk Davis (5:05)
  15. 15 Back Against the Wall (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beenie Man Primary Artist, Vocals
Kirk Davis Vocals, Background Vocals
Sly Dunbar Drums
D. Thompson Guitar
Kymberli Wright Vocals
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Bass, Keyboards
Connie Campbell Group Member
Maurice Gregory Keyboards, Background Vocals
Althea Layne Hamilton Harmony
Ms. Thing Vocals
Daffadills Harmony
Kymberli Vocals
Jimmy Cheeztrix Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Kelly Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation
R. Kelly Composer
Jimmy Douglass Engineer
Sly Dunbar Composer
Dean Fraser Harmonic Arrangement
Gregory Gordon Engineer
Tony Kelly Producer, Engineer
D. Kelly Composer
Patrick Roberts Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Andrew Thomas Engineer, Instrument Arrangement
Moses Davis Composer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Composer, Producer
The Shocking Vibes Crew Arranger
Tom Coyne Mastering
Timbaland Producer, Audio Production
Sean Mosher-Smith Art Direction
Patrick Moxey Executive Producer
A. Thomas Composer
Clyde McKenzie Executive Producer
Troy Rami Composer
Nathan Malki Engineer
Chad Simpson Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Cordell "Scatta" Burrell Producer
Maurice Gregory Composer
Everton "Eva" Burrell Producer
Troyton Rami Producer, Engineer
Steve Obas Engineer
Gary "Sphinx" Samuels Engineer
Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    “Baby you look fine…. I want you to be mine…!”

    Every time I play this album it brings back some good memories especially during the year this album first came out. Beenie Man had done a major crossover on this album by tying in contemporary reggae and hip-hop while still maintaining the familiar beats to the rudeboy/gangsta continuum. “Tropical Storm” had proving to be the turning point for him and for listener’s world wide. This album went really mainstream and held on to a lot of new fans while creating a love hate relationship with his dedicated ones. Even though this album isn’t hardcore dance hall it’s still a good album and some of the tracks here are great. Three tracks produced by the Neptune’s, who support him with arrangements that are both warm and aggressive especially "Feel It Boy," with Janet Jackson is very nice and was on heavy rotation on the radio. “Bad Girl” is one of my favorites because it represents him being a rude buoy. Lil’ Kim contributes to the sultry "Fresh From Yard," --the dance beat is pretty tight. Beenie Man's also does performances with Sean Paul and Lady Saw with “Bossman” which is also great because it’s upbeat and moveable as well as “Party Hard,” that was another single that hit the clubs really hard during that year. “Miss L.A.P” is another one of my favorites due to Beenie’s lyrics and the refrain which is very catchy and it’s hard not to move with this track and he surly throws it down lyrically with “Gangsta Life” which is another dancehall favorite of mine. He brings it back with “Pure Pretty Girl” this track is very sensual and has a classic sound accompany by a great melody that is amazing to the ears while your mind wonders all over the place. Some of the other tracks are cool but not as strong to my liking. “Tropical Storm” is a good album but not his strongest even though it’s still enjoyable to listen through. Besides that, Beenie still rides his never ending lyrics and rhythm’s naturally. Once you listen to this you will realize that Beenie obviously likes to keep it gangsta probably a bit too much at times. Recommended to all reggae fans and to those who are interested in the genre.......Ziggy Zaaa….!

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