Yellowman, one of Jamaica’s dancehall luminaries and living legends, is not pleased with the release of Beenie Man’s remake of his iconic song, Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.
Yellow Man has expressed his discontent with the remake, which he says he hasn’t heard, proclaiming that he wished if it were anyone else but Beenie Man. The deejay even says he would have preferred Shaggy or Sean Paul.
Zungguzungguguzungguzeng is regarded as a Dancehall classic and helped to launch Yellowman’s popularity in the 1980s.
Beenie Man and Jeremy Harding, the original producer of Beenie’s global hit song Who Am I, collaborated for an update of Yellowman’s classic. Beenie Man’s version of the song was released on Friday, July 3, 2020, and he acknowledges Yellowman in the track as the original singer and ‘King.’
Listen to both songs below.
Over the years, there has been much debate as to whether who is the King of Dancehall and who is most deserving of the coveted title. Both artistes have anchored themselves on to the throne, resulting in a never-ending feud among veterans.
They both have been a great source of entertainment and lyrical genius over the years, uplifting dancehall as one of the most potent Jamaican products in the world.
Speaking with the Jamaica Star in an interview, Yellowman shared that he would have welcomed the remake if it was done by someone else.
“I wish somebody else did do Zungguzungguguzungguzeng, maybe Shaggy or Sean Paul….Me nuh even hear it. Is a friend from England text me and tell me about it. Me have a saying, yuh always have a common mango trying to be an East Indian,” he said.
Yellowman stated that he and Beenie still share a strained relationship, and added that they don’t even acknowledge each other when they appear on the same shows.
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