The VERZUZ Instagram Live battles created by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland has proven to be an important cog of the culture, but the world of dancehall reggae wasn’t highlighted until now. This Memorial Day Weekend, dancehall legends Beenie Man and Bounty Killer will face off in a virtual soundclash for the ages.
Both Beenie and Bounty are two of the top deejays (rappers) in dancehall reggae and are quite familiar with one another regarding the battlefront. Both men have battled at the annual world-famous Sting soundclash events in Jamaica and had real-life beef after Beenie married Bounty’s ex-girlfriend, D’Angel.
Beenie, 46, was a child prodigy who began toasting (talking rhythmically over dancehall “riddims”) when he was grade-school age. In the early 1990s, Beenie and Bounty began to face one another at the now-defunct Sting clashes while also taking digs via their music.
Bounty, also 46, had a potent run as an artist in his home of Jamaica and globally, although Beenie managed to cross over to American audiences.
The event, which takes place this Saturday (May 23) at 8PM EST, has folks on Twitter buzzing with anticipation. Check out those reactions below.
Beenie Man & Bounty Killer To Clash In Memorial Day Weekend VERZUZ Battle, Dancehall Twitter Reacts was originally published on hiphopwired.com
How I’m pulling up to this Beenie Man vs Bounty Killer battle pic.twitter.com/7avpp8iIqY— Anthony Moore (@AllThatandMoore) May 20, 2020
The greatest clash in the history of Dancehall Music 🔥🔥🔥 Bounty Killer vs Beenie Man at Sting 1993 pic.twitter.com/8Ahsw9SAxX— ᴀsғᴀ ᴄʜᴀʀʟᴇs (@AsfaLionTwin) May 20, 2020
I love Bounty Killer but....— Veteran Freshman - #PapaYuie (@yusufyuie) May 20, 2020
Beenie Man can play "Sim SImma" "King Of The Dancehall" "Girls Dem Suga" "Romie" "Wickedest Slam"
And be JUST FINE https://t.co/mgiYo0pr3h
The comments in the Beenie Man Vs Bounty Killer Verzuz are gonna be incredible!— Carl Chery (@carlchery) May 20, 2020
Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, out of every #Verzus matchup thus far, will have the toughest time selecting their playlists. I just typed a whole list of questions they should probably address before the clash, then deleted them all. I'm probably overthinking it.— Will_XL (@Prince_Will) May 20, 2020
Beenie man vs bounty killer ???? This shit bout to be lit I’m attaching my phone to a speaker 😂😂😂— Gutta Butta (@QuairRamik2) May 20, 2020
Niggas not tryna see Buju in a soundclash but I’m here for Beenie Man vs Bounty Killer pic.twitter.com/cTyMmJfz3T— Ro Will (@RAW_SPK) May 20, 2020
I wonder where Beenie Man and Bounty Killer are located. Because that island wifi can be spotty af... pic.twitter.com/NVdVPz5bQw— Blocka Khan (@Starr_Rocque) May 20, 2020
bounty killer vs beenie man on saturday? letssss goooooo pic.twitter.com/dkF8XJ7Zi7— Desus Nice (@desusnice) May 20, 2020