Beenie Man, King of the Dancehall and veteran entertainer, treated fans to a throwback Tuesday performance, sharing a short clip with his followers on Instagram of one of his first performances as a youth before his rise to stardom in the 90s.
The video gives those who may not have been familiar with his musical agility as a youth a look at the budding deejay’s talent. A young Beenie Man is seen demonstrating his lyrical prowess to an impressed and approving audience.
Members of the entertainment community thronged the comment section of the video, marvelling at the entertainer’s skill.
“This is the biggest throwback of all times in dancehall history,” wrote sound selector and artiste Tony Matterhorn, while dancehall/reggae artiste Stacious jokingly questioned the youth’s choice of lyrics.
“Den sir wa u kno bout gal and short a breath at this age?? yuh bad no pot cover tho.” Stacious wrote.
Beenie Man, whose birth name is Moses Davis, was born in the Waterhouse district of Kingston and began his musical career at an early age. At the age of eight, he won the national Tastee Talent contest and released his first single, Too Fancy, in 1981 with record producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes.
Lawes would later include him on the 1983 album “Junjo Presents Two Big Sounds.” The young artiste would release his debut album that same year, entitled The Invincible Beenie Man: The Ten Year Old DJ Wonder, which was produced by Bunny Lee. Beenie Man’s first hit, Over the Sea, was also released in 1983, while his first number one single in Jamaica, Matie, was released ten years later in 1993, but the deejay would truly rise as one of dancehall’s biggest contenders in the mid-to-late 90s.
View how fans and entertainers reacted to Beenie Man’s throwback performance below.