Dancehall OG Beenie Man has broken his 7-year hiatus with the release of his new song, "Yardie." Alongside the new single came the announcement of his 21-track album, Unstoppable.
Unstoppable is produced by some of the heaviest hitters in the dancehall scene: Don Corleone, Major Lazer, Jeremy Harding and Seanizzle. The album is set to be released on August 26th by VP Records and will be available on iTunes and Amazon.
While describing his new song to the Jamaican Observer Beenie Man mentioned: “The recent surge of interest in dancehall music by some of the top artistes around the world has the entire island feeling proud. Dancehall a run the world right now. I’m happy to be a member of the dancehall fraternity and this song is more like a tribute to the artistes, musicians, and producers who contribute to the music”
Beenie Man holds the record for number one albums by a dancehall artist on the Billboard Reggae charts, with six nods in total. His album Art & Life, which was released in 2000, also won the artist a Grammy for Best Reggae Album of the Year. Unstoppable is the first record released by Beanie Man since his 2006 chart topper, Undisputed.
In other Beenie Man news, the artist recently announced that he will be sponsoring Jamaica's first gymnast to represent the island in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. He will be supplying the young and talented Toni-Ann Williams with her gear, as well as paying for the cost of the trip. The dancehall artist told ZIP 103 FM that, as a new sponsor of the Jamaican Amateur Gymnastics Association, he will also be sponsoring the 11-year old rising star and junior gymnast, Asasia Malcolm. Maclom is set to begin preparation for the next Olympics in 2020.
Watch the video below to see the talented Toni-Ann Williams, on her pursuit to Rio.
Beenie Man will also be at the 7th Annual OVO Fest in Toronto Canada, headlining the stage with soca superstar Machel Montano, on July 30th.
It seems as though sampling Beenie Man's lyrics has become a past time for many artists. The list is long and includes the likes of the OVO don, Drake. The newest sample pulled from his hit song in the 90's, "Girls Dem Sugar," is a new take on the song called "Gal Dem Sugar," by dancehall's prince Konshens.
The song was recently published on Konshens' YouTube channel and he described it as a "timeless hook from Beenie Man, with new energy from Konshens, a legend and a legend in the making."
Listen & enjoy below.
Photos courtesy of Instagram @kingbeenieman.