International dancehall star Beenie Man is featured on the forthcoming album of hip-hop darling Nicki Minaj. The two collaborated on the track “Gunshot” which is track number 18 on the 19-track Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album.
Nicki Minaj and Beenie Man-met at Reggae Sumfest 2011 (photo source)
According to Beenie his part was recorded in Jamaica at Gussie Clarke’s Anchor Recording studio. Nicki (who he first met at Reggae Sumfest 2011) was not physically there, but she was still very involved in the process giving her input on the phone and sending her vocals via two label reps who came to Anchor while he recorded his section.
“This song can run the Caribbean and the world. It’s basically dancehall meets hip hop in 1980′s style,” he said.
Minaj has been riding high since she shot onto the musical radar in 2007. Her debut album, Pink Friday released in November, 2010, has sold two million copies in the US on the strength of hit the singles Right Thru Me, Your Love, Did It On Em, Fly and Super Bass.
In 2009, she had a minor hit in the US with Hold You alongside Jamaican singer Gyptian.
Rhythm and Blues singers Chris Brown and Bobby V (formerly Bobby Valentino), and rappers Nas, Drake, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Cam’ron and Lil Wayne are featured on Roman Reloaded.
The first single Starships is number two in the United Kingdom.
Beenie Man has recorded songs with American female recording artistes including Mya (Girls Dem Sugar), Janet Jackson (Feel it Boy), Angie Martinez and Lil Kim.
The most successful of those collaborations has been Feel it Boy which peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002.
Beenie Man was previously signed to the major label Virgin Records.
Via [Jamaica Observer]
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