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Artist: Beenie Man
Album: Art and Life
Label: Virgin
Production: Salaam Remi, Dave Kelly, others
Guests: Wyclef, Mya, Kelis, Redman, Artuto Sandoval, others
Stats: 2000; 17 tracks
Reviewed by: Mass Dosage

Established dancehall star Beenie Man pursues his plan for dominating music markets outside of Jamaica with this, his latest release. Critics may say that he has left his underground roots behind as he aims for commercial success by incorporating other genres (most notably Hip-Hop and R&B) into many of the album's tracks. On the other hand, it does help make his music more palatable to a wider audience and many of the songs on this album, with their catchy hooks and slick production, are destined for commercial success. Dancehall purists may not appreciate the variety of styles Beenie Man experiments with, but on the whole he does this well, with only a few cheesy slip-ups. [6.5/10]

[This review was also published in SL magazine]

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