Beenie Verzuz Bounty Killer is all set and ready to go tonight; May 23, 2020. The event kicks off at 8PM EST. and will be carried on 18 Karat Reggae Instagram @18_Karat_Reggae.
The deejays are set to face off as part of the hugely popular Verzuz series created by American record producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, which has been gaining traction since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beenie Man and Bounty Killer fist clashed 23 years ago at Sting 10, in 1993. For those who are much too young to remember that clash, check it out below.
Local artiste management and production outfit Solid Agency is handling the groundwork here in Jamaica and, according to company head Sharon Burke, all is going to plan.
“Everything is in place. Both Beenie and Bounty are excited and went through a really good rehearsal. They are ready to deliver to their global audience. We have an exciting after-party lined up featuring Rory Stone Love. It is really going to be fantastic,” she told 18 Karat Reggae.
Swizz Beatz wants the world to know that everything has been done to ensure that this edition of Verzuz is authentically Jamaican.
“This is for Jamaica and, indeed, the wider Caribbean. We want the world to see how powerful Jamaica is when it comes to music and culture. This is not a Yankee thing at all. So, when the guys told me they wanted a clash with mics in the true sense of a Jamaican dancehall clash, then we said definitely go with it,” he said.
After Beenie Man and Bounty Killer’s clash in 1993, the two also met numerous times on stage, except most of the other times were in a friendly setting. Check out one of the times they met again but not in a confrontational style.
Jamaicans first got wind of a possible local episode a week ago when Swizz Beatz appeared on the live Instagram stream hosted by singer Lila Ike to launch her EP The Experience. At that time, he hinted that Jamaica would be part of the series.
“Verzuz is not a hip-hop thing; it’s not an R&B thing, it is a creative thing. So we just want to show love to creatives all over the world. Jamaica has played such a big part in creating original music, so Timbaland and I just wanted to curate the line-up in such away that persons are surprised at who is coming next and there is no time for judgement,” he said.