Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm

by Beenie Man
     
 

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The dancehall champ makes his latest crossover bid with Tropical Storm, a potpourri of urban rhythms from reggae to R&B to rap. Abetting the DJ the girls dem sugar is Janet Jackson, who adds a vocal hook to the single "Feel It Boy," one of three tracks produced by hitmakers the Neptunes, as well as reggae regulars Lady Saw and Sean Paul. Lil’ Kim contributes to

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The dancehall champ makes his latest crossover bid with Tropical Storm, a potpourri of urban rhythms from reggae to R&B to rap. Abetting the DJ the girls dem sugar is Janet Jackson, who adds a vocal hook to the single "Feel It Boy," one of three tracks produced by hitmakers the Neptunes, as well as reggae regulars Lady Saw and Sean Paul. Lil’ Kim contributes to the sultry "Fresh From Yard." The split production pits U.S. and Jamaican talents, including producers DJ Clue, Dave & Tony Kelly, Shocking Vibes and vocalists the Soul Solid Crew.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The latest from dancehall superstar Beenie Man is a complex and rewarding exploration of the many musical and lyrical themes that tie contemporary reggae and hip-hop together, from the increasingly similar beats to the rudeboy/gangsta continuum that has been a feature of reggae since the 1960s and of hip-hop since the 1980s. Dancehall "slackness" (i.e., sexually explicit lyrics) has its modern counterpart in hip-hop as well, as Beenie Man's duet performances with Lil' Kim and Lady Saw here demonstrate. Some of the most powerful tracks on Tropical Storm find Beenie Man chatting over rhythms provided by the Neptunes, who support him with arrangements that are both warm and aggressive; the effect is especially nice on "Feel It Boy," a sweetly romantic duet with Janet Jackson. Beenie Man does occasionally come across as a bit too eager to establish his bad-boy credentials -- too many of these songs find him repeatedly insisting on his gangsta status. It may be true that "real gangstas don't play" (as he says, over and over, on "Real Gangsta"), but they also don't waste a lot of breath saying "I'm a gangsta I'm a gangsta." Overall, though, this is an album sure to please Beenie Man's growing legion of American fans.
Vibe - Jeff Chang
Tropical Storm's money shot is "Feel It Boy," a duet with Janet Jackson.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2002
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0724381313428
catalogNumber:
13134
Rank:
95852

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beenie Man   Primary Artist
Dave Kelly   Multi Instruments
J.   Vocals
Paul Green   Guitar
Mikey Chung   Guitar
Donald Dennis   Bass
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Tony Gold   Background Vocals
Tony Kelly   Multi Instruments
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Paul Crossdale   Keyboards
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Keyboards
Irv Gotti   Multi Instruments
Neptunes   Multi Instruments
A.C. Burrell   Multi Instruments
John Vince   Vocals
Brian Gold   Background Vocals
Calibe   Vocals
Christopher Wade Damerst   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dave Kelly   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Sly Dunbar   Producer
Tony Kelly   Arranger,Engineer
Patrick Roberts   Executive Producer
Anthony Kelly   Producer
Matt Serletic   Producer,Executive Producer
Brian Springer   Engineer
Irv Gotti   Producer
Patrick Moxey   Executive Producer
Paul Tyrell   Engineer
Stargate   Producer,Engineer
Dameon Beckett   Composer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Clyde McKenzie   Executive Producer
Neptunes   Arranger,Producer
J.D. Andrew   Vocal Engineer
A.C. Burrell   Arranger,Producer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Michael Malak   Engineer
W Passley   Producer
Orville "Rory" Baker   Engineer
George "Dusty" Miller   drum programming
Christopher Wade Damerst   Programming,drum programming
Eric Schilling   Engineer

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