Bounty Killer and Beenie Man produced an end to the Arthur Guinness Celebration, held at the National Stadium, worthy of the show’s billing.
Performing together in a well-rehearsed set that utilised both deejays’ bands, Anger Management and Ruff Cut, rivals-turned-friends Bounty Killer and Beenie Man gave a performance that created more than a small uproar in a packed stadium.
Bounty dressed in his classic black, Beenie in white, moved from earlier hits to more current ones, exchanging Christmas lyrics, girl lyrics and more. Almost everyone in the audience had two hands in the air throughout, one for the ‘cross and angry’ Bounty and the other for ‘the doctor’ Beenie Man.
The two did an extended set before Bounty left to make way for Beenie’s solo. In that performance, Beenie wowed with songs for the ladies and current hits like Eva Clean and I’m Ok. Beenie made way for Mr G who did Swaggerific and Khago with Nah Sell Out. Future Troubles did Rum and Redbull.
The night was not over.
Bounty returned to the stage in fine style with Friend Fish among other songs before calling on Patexx for their collaboration, Summer Time.
Elephant Man made an appearance as well, with This Is How We Do It. He reeled off a few hits before making way for surprise guest, Cham.
The crowd reacted well to seeing the reunited Cham and Bounty, who exchanged lyrics on the tracks Cyaan Believe, Look Into My Eyes, and Babylon Boy, just to name a few.
“Every man deserve a chance to make his wrongs right,” said Cham. “I’m not an angel but I’m no devil either,” said Killer, the words, the precursor to Stronger.
sole female performer
Before, selectors like Coppershot, Boom Boom, Metro Media, Bass Odyssey, and billed artistes made sure Killer and Beenie had much to compete with.
Lady Saw kicked off the night as the sole female performer, a little less raunchy but no less effective. Introducing the crowd to a lot of songs off her new album My Way.
Wayne Wonder followed with a slew of hits showcasing his smooth voice with No Letting Go, Joyride, Informer, Saddest Day among others.
The Big Ship crew with the captain Freddie McGregor got the crowd rocking with Push Come to Shove, Every Little Thing, and Rain Stops Falling Down, before his sons Chino and Steven McGregor showed they were well on their way to following in Freddie’s footsteps.
Wyclef Jean surprised, he always does. Performing from the tower made for sound systems and cameras in the middle of the field, the international artiste selected special dubs for the show.
Selections from the likes of I-Octane, Kartel, Mavado, Khago and others got lots of forwards, as did some of Wyclef’s own lyrics.
Speaking to freeing incarcerated deejay Buju Banton and mentioning the also incarcerated Ninja Man earned him a few praises from the crowd as well.
Wyclef introduced fellow international artiste Busta Rhymes who held his own with songs like Make It Clap, Give It Me, Hands Where My Eyes Can See, making everyone jump.
Shaggy made an entrance with his Church Heathen but was mainly all about the ladies.
Mavado got persons who were in the stands to come closer to the stage for his set, giving throwback classics Real Mckoy, Touch Di Road before hitting songs like Stulla and getting conscious with Nine Life and The Messiah. He also introduced Gully Squad members Chase Cross and Flexxx for a brief stint.