Round By Round Break Down of the Beenie Man vs. Bounty Killer Sound Clash

Swizz Beats and Timbaland went all out for the Verzuz Memorial Day Weekend battles.  Saturday night was a salute to reggae and dance hall with a battle between two of the biggest names to ever make music on the scene. With Beenie Man vs Bounty Killer we find ourselves right back in 1993 in an epic sound clash in Sting.

In Jamaica, a sound clash is a musical competition where crew members from opposing sound systems pit their skills against each other. Even today, Beenie Man vs Bounty Killer would be one of the most anticipated and hyped sound clashes that could be put together and for good reason.

Beenie Man is a Jamaica native from the Waterhouse district of Kingston.  He released his debut album as a pre-teen in 1983, titled, The Invincible Beenie Man: The Ten Year Old DJ Wonder. After a break to finish school, he spent time traveling around the globe. He returned in the early 90s to become one of the biggest names in reggae, worldwide.  By the mid 2000s he was featured on songs with several American artists and he had become somewhat of a face for mainstream Reggae music.

Beenie Man’s hits include: “Romie,” “Who Am I (Sim Simma),” “King of the Dancehall,” “Rum and Redbull” and “Dancehall Queen” featuring Chevelle Franklin.  “Girls Dem Sugar” with Mya, “Feel It Boy” with Janet Jackson and “Dude” with Shawnna and Ms. Thing are some of his biggest collaborations that impacted urban radio stations. He also has collaborations with Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Akon, T.I., Kanye West, Wyclef Jean, Busta Rhymes and Doug E. Fresh.

Bounty Killer began making music in the early 90s, releasing his debut single in 1992.  It wasn’t until 1994 that he released his debut album, Roots, Reality & Culture. He was no stranger to collaborations himself, having teamed up with names like The Fugees, No Doubt, Mobb Deep, Raekwon, AZ and Jay-z.

His hits include his cover of “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” featuring Robyn, “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) (World of Respect ’94 Mix)” featuring Dawn Penn, Dennis Brown and Ken Boothe, “Living Dangerously” with Barrington Levy, “Hip-Hopera” with The Fugees.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killer had a beef that dates back to the early 90s. Bounty Killer claimed that Beenie Man was stealing his style.  After their Sound clash in ’93 the rumors swirled even more and the two were taking shots at each other into the late 90s.  They eventually mended fences for their love of the Reggae/Dancehall culture.  They have since collaborated on several songs together.

Like we have done previously with these Verzuz battles, here’s a round by round break down of the Beenie Man vs Bounty Killer battle.

Other Verzuz Battles:

Ne-Yo vs. Johnta Austin   |   Mannie Fresh vs. Scott Storch   |   T-Pain vs. Lil Jon   |   Dj Premier vs. RZA   |   Babyface vs. Teddy Riley   |   Jill Scott vs. Erykah Badu   |   Nelly vs. Ludacris   |   112 vs. Jagged Edge   |   Kirk Franklin vs. Fred Hammond
|   Alicia Keys vs. John Legend   |   Fabolous vs. Jadakiss
|   DMX vs. Snoop Dogg   |    Rick Ross vs. 2 Chainz  |   Brandy vs. Monica

You had to be there to understand…

Beenie man went first (because Bounty Killer went first when they clashed in ’93)

Round 1:  Beenie Man – “Matie” vs. Bounty Killer – Special Ed featuring Bounty Killer – “Just A Killa”

Winner: Bounty Killer
Special Ed featuring Bounty Killer – “Just A Killa”


Round 2: “Memories” vs “Suspense”

Winner: Beenie Man
“Memories”


Round 3: “Wickedest Slam” vs. “Living Dangerously” with Barrington Levy

Winner: Bounty Killer
“Living Dangerously” with Barrington Levy


Round 4: “Dancehall Queen” featuring Chevelle Franklin vs. “Summer Breezin” featuring Diana King

Winner: Beenie Man
“Dancehall Queen” featuring Chevelle Franklin


Round 5: “Fresh From Yard” featuring Lil Kim vs. Bounty Killer featuring Jeru the Damaja  “Suicide of Murder”

Winner: Bounty Killer
Bounty Killer featuring Jeru the Damaja  “Suicide of Murder”


Round 6: T.I. featuring Beenie Man – “I’m Serious” vs. Bounty Killer featuring Mobb Deep & Big Noyd – “Deadly Zone”

Winner: Bounty Killer
Bounty Killer featuring Mobb Deep & Big Noyd – “Deadly Zone”


Round 7: Guerilla Black featuring Beenie Man – “Compton” vs. Bounty Killer featuring The Fugees – “Hip-Hopera”

Winner: Bounty Killer
Bounty Killer featuring The Fugees – “Hip-Hopera”


Round 8: “Romie” vs. “Worthless Bwoy”

Winner: Beenie Man””Romie”


Round 9: “Old Dog” vs. “Stucky”

Winner: Beenie Man
“Old Dog”


Round 10: “Girls Dem Sugar (Sim Simma)” featuring Mya vs. Bounty Killer featuring Cocoa Brovaz – “It’s A Party”

Winner:  Beenie Man
“Girls Dem Sugar (Sim Simma)” featuring Mya

 

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Kevin Benoit

Kevin Benoit is the editor of Parlé Magazine. He founded the magazine while in college and continues to run it today. Follow him on IG: @parlewithme Read more articles by Kevin.

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