The world became a better place when Beenie Man released "Dude," the steamy rump shaker with a sting in its tail that kicks off the man's return to dancehall, Back to Basics. The 99.9 percent dancehall album makes 2002's star-studded Tropical Storm sound like an overly planned showcase as it trades Janet Jackson and the Neptunes for Jimmy Cheeztrix and Steven "Lenky" Marsden. Sounds like a raw deal if you're all about pop, but when dancehall fans get to hear their hero sounding so comfortable and languid they really couldn't ask for more.
Last month, police detained Jamaican dancehall star Moses "Beenie Man" Davis at Heathrow in order to suggest that, at his forthcoming London concert, he refrain from performing those sections of his oeuvre that incite the listener to kill homosexuals. The gig was cancelled, but the police sounded impressed with Davis. He was, they said, "extremely reasonable".