Anthony Moses Davis who is popular with his stage name Beenie Man is a Jamaican musician.
What Is the Net Worth of Beenie Man?
Beenie Man has an estimated net worth of $4 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Beenie Man was born on August 22, 1973, in Kingston, Jamaica. Music has been a part of his life since he was very young as he began toasting when he was just 5. Jimmy Cliff, his uncle, encouraged him for music as he himself used to play drums.
On August 22, 2006, Beenie Man got married to Michelle “D’Angel” Downer but the couple parted their ways in June 2007. The duo rolled out a duet single titled “You Are My First”, but during the time they weren’t together. In 2011, they divorced.
In 1981, Beenie Man became the winner of the Tastee Talent competition. Later, he was introduced to local sound system operators by Radio DJ Barry G and with their help, he gained popularity as a young deejay and became popular as “Beenie Man”.
He debuted with the song titled “Too Fancy” in 1981 with Henry “Junjo” Lawes. Lawes also took him in the 1983 album titled Junjo Presents Two Big Sounds alongside well-known stars like Fathead, Dillinger, and Ringo.
“The Invincible Beenie Man: The Ten Year Old DJ Wonder” was his debut album which Bunny Lee produced and rolled out in 1983. Then his first hit single titled “Over the Sea” was released in the same year and was produced by Winston Holness.
He recorded certain material in 1984 with Barrington Levy that was released after 10 years. His music career was put off when he completed his schooling and was spending his time traveling to the U.K., U.S., and Canada.
He made his comeback in 1990 and went on to record singles but was getting just average success.
In 1992, he rose to the spotlight following his performance at the Reggae Sunsplash festival, and the subsequent year he and Bounty Killer became rivals following Beenie Man was alleged with imitating the style of Bounty Killer along with catching terms.
In 1994, the conflict was caught on the album Guns Out with both of them setting the conflict with soundclash.
In 1993, Beenie Man’s single titled “Matie” became a hit in Jamaica, the single was produced under the Shelly Power Records label by Ephraim Barrett, Donovan, and Dave Mills. In the same year, he received an award for “DJ of the Year” and this marked the first among his 8 continuous awards.
Partly because of prompting from Sly and Robbie, his producers, he recorded cover versions of Bob Marley’s “Crazy Baldhead” and “No Woman No Cry” with the two of them in 1994, with the latter topped the chart in Jamaica, Beenie Man impelled to the Rastafari movement, however, he said in 2005 statement that “I have not converted.
I was baptized an Ethiopian Orthodox and at the age of 10, I became a Judah Coptic.”
Island Records signed Beenie Man In 1994, and released the notable album “Blessed,” with this album, he made his separate fan base and reputation internationally. He went on tour to the UK the following year and came together with Barrington Levy again for the recording of Levies Under Mi Sensi’s updated jungle version.
Beenie Man partnered with Dennis Brown and Triston Palma in 1995 to launch Three Against War and Mad Cobra, later with Lieutenant Stitchie for Mad Cobra Meets Lt. Stitchie & Beenie Man.
Beenie Man released “Healing” in collaboration with Lady Saw and partnered with Sanchez for “Refugee”. He released “Gun ‘n’ Bass” with Michael Prophet and rose to the limelight.
In 1993, Beenie Man moved one step further and released the seminal Maestro, in which Patrick Roberts served as producer and brought him fame in the United Kingdom.
During the mid to late 1990s, Beenie Man was on the Jamaican charts in such a manner that he perhaps had a good assertion to the crown of “Dancehall King”, which is a title that was given earlier to Yellowman during the early 1980s.
In 1997, Beenie Man got his first actual break into the U.S. He listened to an instrumental rhythm by producer Jeremy Harding, and asked to give his voice to the rhythm. And this way he got his first-ever international hit.
His single titled “Who Am I” certified Gold soon after the release and with this, doors for the world opened for him. In the same year, with seven different singles, he dominated the Jamaican singles chart.
In the 1997 film Dancehall Queen, Beenie Man featured as himself.
In 1998, Beenie Man led Reggae Sunsplash and Virgin Records signed him for releasing albums in the U.S. The Doctor became his first American single.
Beenie Man started his takeover of America amidst the late 1990s, with hits like “Romie”, “Girls Dem Sugar”, and “Who Am I”, in which American R&B singer, Mýa made appearances.
By this period of time, he already had a good count of international music awards along with a MOBO Award in 1998 for Best International Reggae Act and he continued topping the local charts.
He released Art & Life in 2000, in which, Arturo Sandoval and Wyclef Jean made appearances and this single made him the recipient of a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
He served as the co-producer for the debut album by actor Steven Seagal in the same year. Just like several dancehall artists, he is unambiguous about many social problems, which can be clearly understood with songs like “Steve Biko” and “Murderer”.
Beenie Man had a significant hit with a duet single with Janet Jackson titled “Feel It Boy”, however, in early 2004, he had his biggest break in the United States with the remix of “Dude”. Therefore, he had now fans on both the Atlantic’s parts.
In 1998, Beenie Man dominated the chart with “Who am I” that ranked number 10, “Street Life” in 2003 ranked 13 and in the UK with “Feel It Boy” that ranked 9, and 2004 released “Dude” ranked 7 whereas “King of the Dancehall” ranked 14.
In the same year, it was noticed by The Associated Press that Beenie Man had “become a name-brand artist worldwide” and named him “king of the dancehall reggae scene”.
Beenie Man became a judge for the sixth annual Independent Music Awards to endorse the career of independent artists.
The announcement came out in April 2008 stating Beenie Man would serve as the co-writer and also feature in the movie titled Kingston.
He released the EP I’m Drinking Rum and Red Bull in October 2010, which consisted of 4 songs titled “I’m drinking Rum and Red Bull”, “I’m Okay”, and 2 versions of “Stack and Pile”. The full album was released on February 28, 2011.
Beenie Man was acquitted from charges of evading tax in September 2008.
He signed with Brookland Entertainment in April 2009, which was a new record label established by Eric Nicks and The Trackmasters, to launch his new album titled The Legend Returns. In 2011, the song titled “Let’s Go” was released on the Overproof Riddim compilation album.
He and long-term rival Bounty Killer kept their differences aside in 2014 to record a single together, titled “Legendary”.
On May 23, 2020, both of them performed a popular Verzuz battle together on Instagram amidst the coronavirus pandemic quarantine and during that time, the duo was described as “two of the most legendary icons in dancehall” by Vibe.
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