Respect your elders Beenie! - Nuffy
Popular MC Nuffy has cautioned iconic dancehall artiste Beenie Man for saying he introduced dancehall to the world during a recent interview with Billboard Magazine. According to MC Nuffy, while he has a strong level of respect for Beenie Man, the icon should give credit to his peers in the music industry.
While speaking on dancehall's resurgence on the international scene courtesy of Drake and Rihanna, Beenie Man told Billboard that he is the trendsetter in dancehall.
"I introduce the world to what dancehall is 'cause I'm the king of it, and I have to work to keep it up. Jamaica needs trendsetters. They make a trend so the next artiste can follow that trend," Beenie Man said.
In response to Beenie Man's statement, Nuffy highlighted the contributions of other legends in dancehall music. He also sold the idea that Vybz Kartel is dancehall's new King.
"Beenie Man haffi just understand that he played a major role in the business, but he still has to respect the people before him. Beenie Man nah accept that we have a new 'Dancehall King'. But at the same time, we were expected to accept him during the time when he wanted to take Yellow Man out of the spot," he told THE STAR.
"Come on man, Beenie. It sound like a you one do everything for dancehall and a you one do the work. We respect you as a icon and as a general, but what happen to the rest of the people dem before you? What about Josey Wales, Charlie Chaplin and Shabba weh get the thing dem before yuh?"
The MC also made it clear that he has a lot of respect for Beenie Man and his comments should not be taken out of context.
"Cool nuh, Doc man, we respect yuh and everything, Doc. But just simma and tek yuh glory and easy yuself. Wi respect yuh and yuh a wi general, but yuh cyah talk like a yuh one mek this thing a happen," MC Nuffy said.
THE STAR made several attempts to get a follow-up comment from Beenie Man, however, his cell numbers went unanswered.
The icon won his first and only Grammy Award in 2001 for his album Art and Life, while Shabba Ranks won back-to-back Grammy Awards in 1992 and 1993 for his albums As Raw As Ever and X-tra Naked, respectively. Other dancehall acts who won Grammy awards include Shaggy, who won in 1996 for his album Boombastic, Sean Paul, who won in 2006 for Dutty Rock, and Buju Banton with Before Dawn in 2011.
Notably Lady Saw and Bounty Killer also achieved Grammy worthy honours as part of collaborations with overseas group No Doubt. Lady Saw was featured on the Grammy award-winning single Underneath It All, while Bounty Killer was featured on the Grammy-winning effort Hey Baby.