Happy Birthday, Elephant Man!
If you frequent Caribbean parties or even a good hip-hop night around the way, eight out of 10 times you'll hear at least one Elephant Man song blaring through the speakers. The man has hits. Elephant Man, no relation to the movie, turns 40 years old today (Sept. 11).
Elephant Man's success is more tied to Gloria Gaynor than Bad Boy Records, the label he signed to in 2007. "Willie Bounce," one of his most recognizable songs, samples a few cues from "I Will Survive." The people of the islands have been doing its signature dance ever since it dropped. Then there are tracks like "Pon Da River," which had everyone hopping from side to side.
His success also mirrors Bounty Killer in a way. Both successfully meld hip-hop influences with dancehall riddims. His most famous example of doing so is the infectious "Jook Gal," which features YoungBloodZ, Kiprich and Twista.
Eight album deep, the reggae artist has built a solid career for himself. However, Elephant Man's reputation has been marred after allegedly raping a 31-year-old woman in Jamaica back in 2012. The case has yet to be settled.
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