Beenie Man Reveals Late Mom Inspired “Fun In The Sun” With Popcaan & Dre Island

Dancehall entertainer Beenie Man has been steadily promoting the leading track off his much-anticipated album Simma. The new song and video titled “Fun In The Sun” dropped just a few days ago and featured Popcaan and Dre Island.

The dancehall veteran recently joined in on the new audio-based app Clubhouse to discuss the new album. He also explained just how he penned the leading track and where he soaked up the inspiration for the lyrics, which call for unity and love.

Beenie Man explains that the track is actually a tribute to his mother, Lilieth Sewell, who passed away last year after a stroke. She was laid to rest in October 2020 in her birthplace, Shrewsbury St. Elizabeth.

While commenting on the song, which according to The Star, was also played during the Clubhouse session, the entertainer lamented on the track’s formation.

“Not so much the lyrics or lines, is which part me write the song, which was by me mother grave. That’s where the idea came to me, right at the graveside,” he explained. Additionally, the deejay has credited his late mom’s teachings as the driving force behind the gospel-themed piece of music and also spoke about unity on display on the album, similar to Sean Paul’s recent campiagn of “collaboration over confrontation.”

The music video was done on the grounds of Jamaica’s Hope Botanical Garden, with additional B-roll cuts coming from the country’s rich landscape.

The legendary Jamaican entertainer who was born and raised in Kingston has now found himself venturing the rural areas to spend more time with his mom. Earlier this year, Beenie Man showed fans the elaborate two-story burial house where his mom was laid to rest. The unit features a sofa, beautiful and modern lighting, among other small items one could find in a space for the living.

“Mi madda is my best fren, enuh, like seriously, that’s why me down a St Elizabeth so regular,” Beenie said.

He continued by explaining he visited her last week Sunday to get her blessing for his upcoming album. It seems Beenie has all the right ingredients to pull off a fantastic album. The availability of a wide mixture of talent due to Covid has resulted in several collaborations.

Shenseea, Busy Signal, Bunji Garlin, Hood Celebrityy, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Anthony Red Rose, Bounty Killer, Popcaan, and Dre Island round out the massive collection.

“It’s a lot more collaborations; nobody nuh have anything to do, everybody deh a Jamaica so we link up in the studio a mek songs,” the dancehall legend said. “Artiste can sit back in them studio, and me can go check a Shaggy or go Sean Paul studio fi check him. Otherwise, they would be on tour or me woulda deh pon tour.”

The entertainer still has not offered a release date for the album, which should arrive later this year, after nearly one full year of delays.

Beenie Man Urges Young Dancehall Artists To Unite

Beenie Man says he feels there’s a difference in music as the artists across generations come together, something that’s not been seen before among other artists.

“When you see the elder start reach out to the youngsters, it’s a great thing because we need fi make the youngster know say unification in music is the greatest. Me and Bounty Killer war fi 22 years Jesus Christ man, and a mi best friend.”

He referred to Beres Hammond performing live with Popcaan recently at a virtual event, and other younger artists who he says are leading the game in what will be beneficial mentorship for younger artists as the older artists get to appeal to younger fans and younger fans become aware of older artists and their music.

Beenie Man is presently promoting “Fun in the Sun,” his new single that features Dre Island and Popcaan.

According to Beenie Man, the song is bridging the gap between generational talent. He said the song was originally written to include himself and Dre Island, but Popcaan turned up at the studio, which led to a bomb collaboration.

“Each and every individual need to get together….you affi adjust to wha gwan. This is what we want in the music right now cause you have some man weh nuh have no love.”

He added that he knows that the generational gap without unity also furthers what he says is disrespect for the experienced artiste.

“You have to show the respect and show the same amount of love weh you expect because sometime you want hail the youth enuh but to how dem look at you nuh bother want hail them…dem deh round like somebody do them something. You have some of them walk past you and dem neck straight like dem neck crick’ like dem can’t look suh.”

Beenie Man says unity in the music is needed. “The man dem a war too much bredren,” he said. “As an artiste buss him a war wiith that artiste and as a next artiste buss is a next war..artist fi sing song man and collaborate.”

Beenie Man, Popcaan & Dre Island Unity On Display In “Fun In The Sun” Video

Beenie Man released the lead single off his upcoming album Simma.

After teasing the new collaboration with Popcaan and Dre Island more than a month ago, Beenie Man has finally released the visuals for “Fun In The Sun.” The dancehall veteran first previewed the music video directed by Cinema Gods at the end of January after he announced that his new album Simma will be available this spring.

In the music video, Popcaan, Dre Island, and Beenie Man perform on the grounds of a lofty estate in St. Ann, Jamaica. Beenie’s daughter Desha Ravers also makes a brief cameo where she performs some simple dance movements in the courtyard. “Fun In The Sun” is the call to abandon violence and come together as one, taking a page from the book of a legend like Bob Marley. Dre Island’s signature raspy sound carries the uplifting chorus with ease as he encourages unity.

“Brothers and fathers, daughters and sons / Working all day long till the sun comes down / I say Doc we goin party, everybody have fun / We don’t need no gun just fun in the sun / That’s why we must… must live as one / Divided we fall while together we’re strong,” Dre Island croons in the chorus.

Beenie Man delivers a particularly impressive verse on this the first track from Simma. For his part, the Doctor speaks to how far dancehall could go if it was less divisive and how unison can aid tremendously on a community level as well.

“But if we all work together we can help each other / A nuh dem alone we fi tell ‘black lives matter’ / We nuh racist mi nuh believe inna colour / A di hard work yuh perform mi admire / Every rich ghetto yute find yuh ghetto yuh be a pillar / Yesterday you was a killer but today you is a villa / Help di ghetto yute dem fi climb up the ladder / Dem cuss the politicians still nah get a dollar,” Beenie deejays on the track.

“A Davis, Sutherland and Island deh ya / A nuh circumstance a love between breda / If dem artist ya coulda follow / Everywhere we pull up all a we fans dem gather / Paparazzi take a picture put it up inna d maga / Dem nuh want that a straight pasa pasa.”

The video wraps up with a visual tribute to the dancehall star’s late mother, who passed away in 2020. “In Loving Memory Of My Mother Lilieth Lorrine Sewell 1946-2020,” the screen reads.

Check out the visuals for “Fun In The Sun,” and look out for Beenie Man’s 19th studio album Simma this spring.

Listen Popcaan New Conscious Single “Family”


Popcaan drop a conscious new single titled “Family,” produced by Delly Ranx & PMGJA.

The track is featured on the new Cotton Swab Riddim and features Popcaan calling out some fake people around him. “Mi nuh know if heaven is real / But mi know fi a fact a no every man real / Some boi heart dutty not clean / Dem nuh want see a next yout livin’ in the hills / To every evil demon / Dem can’t stop mi nor Dre Island,” Popcaan deejay over the Cotton Swab dancehall beat.

Popcaan has a chance to create history this month by winning a third straight MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act in the UK. The Unruly Boss deejay won the award for the past two years, but this year he has stiff competition from the likes of Alkaline, Aidonia, Damian Marley, and Chronixx.

Popcaan – Family Lyrics


(Intro)
Yo Shaqqie, yo Cuzz
Family, a mi seh family (tr8)

(Verse 1)
If a one thing mi hate a fren killa
Mi no believe inna fren killa
Family, a mi seh family
Mi love mi fam a dem through mi heart
Don’t you dare hurt one of them
Real killy dead it
To di end and from di start
We real, real bredda dem
Cah dem nuh know when we a buy 3 sardine
And the 1 pound a rice from di shop
And dem nuh know when we a get chased by cops
And the Mac and the handgun drop
And although man make it now
Mi know how struggle feel
And mi know all a di pu**y dem
And mi know who f***ing real

(Chorus)
Nah make dem trick mi and kill mi, no way
Yuh mussi bloodclaat mad
Life a di greatest ting, dawg
Mi nuh leff gun, nah, mi nuh leff my god
Can’t trick mi and kill mi, no way
Yuh mussi bloodclaat mad
Life a di greatest ting, dawg
Mi nuh leff gun, nah, mi nuh leff my god

(Verse 2)
A mi energy dem waan teif when
Mi see it clear, seh dem a mongoose
Dem kno seh tha youth a nuh friendly
Mi no play like rhythm and blues
Man loyal to who loyal
Some boi will fi sink off like Port Royal
Informer wah judge, have mi pon trial
Dem days mi don’t trust nuh boy nor gyal (Hmm)
Mi nuh know if heaven is real
But mi know fi a fact, I know every man real
Some boi heart dutty not clean
Dem nuh want see a next yout livin’ in the hills
To every evil demon
Dem can’t stop mi nor Dre Island
Everytime mi a drive inna my van
Big fat matic inna mi right hand

(Chorus)
Nah make dem trick mi and kill mi, no way
Yuh mussi bloodclaat mad
Life a di greatest ting, dawg
Mi nuh leff gun, nah, mi nuh leff my god
Can’t trick mi and kill mi, no way
Yuh mussi bloodclaat mad
Life a di greatest ting, dawg
Mi nuh leff gun, nah, mi nuh leff my god

(Bridge)
Mi realize, tun off a gwaan
Ohh, tun off a gwaan
Dem say dem real
But mi know dem not real
Mi realize, tun off a gwaan
Yea, tun off a gwaan
Ohh, tun off a gwaan
Dem say dem real
And mi life dem want steal
Tun off a gwaan

(Chorus)
Nah make dem trick mi and kill mi, no way
Yuh mussi bloodclaat mad
Life a di greatest ting, dawg
Mi nuh leff gun, nah, mi nuh leff my god
Can’t trick mi and kill mi, no way
Yuh mussi bloodclaat mad
Life a di greatest ting, dawg
Mi nuh leff gun, nah, mi nuh leff my god