Beenie Man'Back' To Work
Jamaican dancehall artist Beenie Man returns this week with his latest Virgin album, "Back to Basics." First single "Dude" featuring Ms. Thing has appeared on 10 Billboard charts and re-enters the Rhythmic Top 40 tally this week at No. 34.
The single was produced by Dave Kelly, who manned Beenie Man's 1995 hit "Slam." His brother Tony collaborates with Beenie Man on the cuts "Two Girls" and "King of the Dancehall," while Black Shadow's Troyton produced "Love All Girls." Other production work is handled by Timbaland and Lenky "Get Busy" Mardsen.
"Back to Basics" comes on the heels of a tumultuous period for Beenie Man, including a severe January car accident in his Kingston hometown in which he suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and a broken nose. Six weeks later, longtime associate Paul Tyrell was murdered outside the Kingston office of Beenie Man's Shocking Vibes label.
The album is the follow-up to 2002's "Tropical Storm," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart and No. 7 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.