The world is buzzing from the aftermath of the best clash battle they have ever seen online between Jamaican dancehall stars Beenie Man and Bounty Killer.
Beenie Man and Bounty Killer gave a show to remember on the Instagram live battle hosted by Verzuz which attracted 500,000 viewers worldwide. They unleashed a catalogue of the best Dancehall tracks to date, major collabos and world class hip hop-dancehall collaborations.
The clash has gone down as the best ever Verzuz clash and it is a big win for the Dancehall music culture. The founders of Verzuz, American producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland concurred with this statement severally as they commented on the live feed.
Fans on social media lauded the artists who looked dapper for the epic show making Verzuz the number one trending topic worldwide.
With that said, here are the best moments from the face off.
Intro and Outro
The show’s intro and outro were monumental for the Jamaican and Dancehall music culture. Although the show started off abit late and the deejays had to play a warm up set to kill time,Beenie and Bounty officially kicked off the session with the Jamaican national anthem, a first on Verzuz history.
The ending, however, was one of the biggest highlights as the two artists closed off the show with a prayer and a message in the form of the song ‘One Love’ by the late Bob Marley. The final moments of the feed showed Beenie dancing around with a toddler and some of his family members.
Rihanna you see me moment
Island girl and Reggae lover Rihanna was not left behind. She was part of the thousands of viewers who had tuned in on Saturday night (May 23rd 2020). It was clearly evident that she was enjoying herself and who she was rooting for – Bounty Killer.
Riri was vocal on the comment section cheering on the artists whole avoiding questions from fans about her highly anticipated 9th studio album ‘R9′. She caught the attention of the ‘Benz and Bimma’ hitmaker who took a moment to shout her out. Bounty cheekily told Bajan princess, “Riri, yuh see mih”.
Jamaican police crash the party
The Jamaican police almost ruined it for everyone tuned in when they crashed the party. About one hour into the epic battle, everything came to a standstill when Beenie alerted the viewers to the presence of the law enforcement officers.
While some of the team scattered at the sight of the police, the King of the Dancehall took them on telling the police that it was a live show, streaming to 500,000 viewers around the world and they would not want to mess that up.
Bounty and Beenie jam to coffin dancers anthem
Bounty and Beenie showed off their prowess and versatility when the deejays dropped the Coffin dancers anthem. The legendary artists could not help but jam to the catchy Astronomia beats, freestyling and even busting some moves. Coffin dancers or the pallbearer dancers from Ghana led by Benjamin Aidoo have taken over the internet with their unique way to send of the departed.
When the beat dropped, viewers knew what to do, they posted coffin emojis on the timeline. Ghanaian celebrities like Dancehall king Stonebwoy and actress Jackie Appiah could not have been more proud of this moment.
Bounty’s killer jokes
Bounty Killer is not a man to be messed with on the battlefield. Alongside his hits and expansive discography, he has some more ammunition, jokes. In between songs, Bounty took the time to drop some comments about Beenie. Something that made the live battle even more interesting because what is a battle without a few disses here and there to throw your opponent off? In one of the many comments, Bounty highlighted their differences, “If you want something sweet call Beenie, if you want something bitter call Bounty.”
Beenie’s dance moves
The ‘Gal Dem Suga’ hitmaker Beenie Man was a whole mood during the live session, he broke into a dance with every song. Clearly, he is not the king of Dancehall for nothing as he can dance, which was refreshing to see. Viewers cheered him on as he showed off different dancing styles. Gifs and memes of Beenie’s dancing have spread like wildfire on social media.
Production at its finest
Beenie Man Vs Bounty Killer Verzuz battle highlighted a production that did not disappoint. While last week’s Nelly Vs Ludacris battle was marred with poor internet connection, sound and basic production, Jamaicans came through. Many fans took to social media to praise the internet service provider Digicel for the strong WiFi connection that didn’t let up even once for the two hour period. The sound and production was flawless which was a huge bonus to the already well received show.
The history-making battle is reminiscent of the artists’ previous clashes since the 1990s and for the first time, the world saw it online owing to the different restrictions around the world because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Beenie Man fondly spoke of the memories from their showdowns back in the day.
The live feed was littered with comments by popular celebrities around the world. These included Rihanna, Diddy, Dj Khaled, Ace hood, Nas, Missy Elliot, Diplo, Lala Anthony, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Ashanti, Ja rule, Keri Hilson, Fabulous, Safaree, Konshens, Sean Paul, Spice, Chris Martin, Cecile, Popcaan, Patoranking, Stonebwoy, Iyanya, Tallia Oyando,Skepta, Larry Madowo, Chipukeezy and many more.
You might ask, who won? Well, Jamaica won, the culture won. At first viewers kept score but as things got more heated, it was evident, there was no choosing between the two and the score card was thrown out. Bounty and Beenie showed up and showed out.