Tropical Storm

Beenie Man (see story, page 18) pulls out all the stops on his sophomore Virgin set, Tropical Storm.

Beenie Man (see story, page 18) pulls out all the stops on his sophomore Virgin set, Tropical Storm. Serving as the follow-up to his Grammy Award-winning Art & Life, Tropical Storm finds the dancehall star combining elements of pop, R&B, hip-hop, and, naturally, reggae. For lead single "Feel It Boy," Beenie teams with labelmate Janet Jackson and the Neptunes; the result is a pop-friendly radio hit that has scored, in part, to its red-hot video featuring Ms. Jackson. Fear not dancehall aficionados, Beenie hasn't forgotten his roots. Tracks like "Bossman" (which features Sean Paul and Lady Saw) and "Party Hard" offer a more traditional, yet contemporary dancehall sound. As dancehall continues to grow in popularity at both top 40 and R&B radio, the timing couldn't be better for Beenie Man. Tropical Storm should be the album that blows away fans and critics alike.—RH