During his interview with Billboard about his collaboration with Drake on “Controlla,” Beenie says that he is the King of Dancehall and that he brought the genre to the world.
“I introduce the world to what dancehall is ’cause I’m the king of it, and I have to work to keep it up,” Beenie Man told Billboard. “Jamaica needs trendsetters. They make a trend so the next artist can follow that trend. I stand for dancehall 100 percent and I’m still working and making music for a new album, Unstoppable. I’ve been working on it for nine years now.”
That statement has not been sitting well some dancehall fans who are saying that the Doc is disrespecting those who came before him like Shabba Ranks, Ninja Man, Super Cat and Yellow Man.
“Beenie you lost me on that one because dancehall and reggae was on the world stage before you came along,” one fan said on Twitter.
“Disagree with you Beenie you is not the king of dancehall and dancehall was global before you,” another fan wrote.
MC Nuffy has also weighed in while agreeing with fans that Beenie Man should respect those who came before him.
“Beenie Man haffi just understand that he played a major role in the business, but he still has to respect the people before him,” the MC said. “Beenie Man nah accept that we have a new ‘Dancehall King’. But at the same time, we were expected to accept him during the time when he wanted to take Yellow Man out of the spot.”
“Come on man, Beenie. It sound like a you one do everything for dancehall and a you one do the work. We respect you as a icon and as a general, but what happen to the rest of the people dem before you? What about Josey Wales, Charlie Chaplin and Shabba weh get the thing dem before yuh?”
Beenie Man won a Grammy Award in 2001 for his album Art and Life. That is his only Grammy award. Shabba Ranks won two Grammys in 1992 and 1993 for his albums As Raw As Ever and X-tra Naked, respectively. Shaggy also won a a Grammy in 1996 for his project Boombastic.