Dancehall icons and long time rivals, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man have been exchanging lyrical jabs on and off for the past two decades. These days, the two are more about uniting than fighting, as evidenced by their newly-released collaboration, Legendary.
Marking the first time the duo have joined forces on a track, Bounty and Beenie talk up their respective places in Dancehall as well as their approach to life and music. The song is produced by veteran deejay turned producer, Matthew ‘Esco’ Thompson on his Starstruck Records label and has already made the rounds on Jamaican mainstream radio.
Thompson, who also co-wrote the song, explained in an interview with the Jamaica Observer published Tuesday that he originally went to Beenie Man with the idea and that the ‘King of Dancehall’ approved. The two were said to have wanted to collaborate for a while now.
“We all know both artistes were once rivals, but they have tossed away their differences for a while now,” he told the newspaper. “A lot of producers wanted them to collaborate but it didn’t happen. So I feel really honoured to be the one to do it,”
“He thought it was a perfect idea as both artistes wanted to record a single together for a while, but it was sort of difficult finalizing what the topic would be about,” he added.
Legendary will officially be released via iTunes later this month. Check out the single below: