Last night was a huge night for Dancehall music, Dancehall culture and even Reggae Music. Beenie Man and Bounty Killer actually to the culture to new heights during their online clash presented by The Verzuz series created by American record producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.
The Instagram audience peaked at 480,000 viewers. Thousands others joined from other feeds including the 18 Karat Reggae that that had 13,337 viewers.
For nearly two hours, the two traded musical jabs at each other and shared stories behind the music. While the competition was real close, Bounty Killer came out on top as he brought along dubplates, a true representation of dancehall culture. However, Beenie Man did have great moments of shine especially when the police came to lock off the event and Bounty Killer ran off faster than Usain Bolt. Beenie Man, however, stood his ground and asked the police, “do you want to be that guy?” The event was allowed to continue and the audience was treated to almost 2 full hours of entertainment.
People are already calling for Dancehall and Reggae Music to be featured again on Verzuz. Some fans believe that Capleton verzuz Sizzla might even better than Beenie verzuz Bounty. While dancehall and reggae fans wait to see if that takes place, they can enjoy the top Reggae album of the year, 18 Karat Reggae Gold 2020.
A plethora of local and international stars and personalities joined the stream including prime minister Andrew Holness, music industry heavyweights Jermaine Dupri, Diddy, Rihanna, Diplo and Erykah Badu, as well as actors Idris Elba and Gabrielle Union and international model Jourdan Dunn.