A Legendary Yush with a difference
Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter
There was a noticeable absence of major sponsors, a scaled-down production and fewer patrons than usual, but last Saturday, partygoers were treated to quite a 'legendary' staging of Yush with Bounty Killer and Beenie Man at the helm.
On entering the venue, it was obvious that things were a bit different for this staging. There were little to no lit signs and the decor was minimal. Inside the National Indoor Sports Complex in St Andrew, where it was held, there were many empty spaces.
Nonetheless, ZJ Liquid entertained with songs like Cham and Bounty Killer's Another Level, Sizzla's Give It To Them and Nadine Sutherland and Terror Fabulous' Action. DJ Audley came later and was entertaining with Alozade's Bad Man Nuh Watch Gal, Harry Toddler's Dance The Angel and Mr Lexx's Full Hundred.
With the vibe building in the party, Beenie Man was a welcomed addition to the proceedings. He took the stage with Murderer, but, soon after, he started complaining.
"Unuh caan keep man pon stage and the mic a ring out," Beenie Man said, later introducing Jazzy T, who played hip-hop songs like Trick Daddy's I'm A Thug and 50 Cent's Many Men.
Shortly after, Bounty Killer made his entrance with a clear sounding microphone and injected much life into the party. He had patrons in quite a frenzy with songs like Suspense and Magnum.
"I'm not performing, I'm just hosting," he said, in a high-pitched voice, before introducing ZJ Liquid.
On his return, Liquid seemed to build on the momentum that was already in the party and played songs that triggered a lot of dancing.
"Wi can cuss bad word? Wi nuh have no sponsor," Liquid said during his set.
But when Beenie Man returned to the stage for a second time, he again complained.
"How mi see Bounty come up ya and him mic nice and clean?" Beenie questioned. "Unuh nah come mash up mi night."
Luckily, that bit of displeasure did not prevent him from entertaining his fans with Who Am I, Girls Dem Sugar and Romie.
Beenie later sang Memories, but the venue erupted when Bounty took the stage, performing on the same rhythm. Thereafter, they alternated the use of the mic and the response from the audience was relatively even, with both getting 'forwards' for their hit songs.
After years of rivalry, patrons were also pleased to see the two performing Legendary, a collaboration they recently recorded.
But it did not end there. Beenie Man did Red Red and Bounty would not be outdone, so he followed with Restaurant Dem A Create.
For quite some time, the two went through numerous 'girl songs' that brought patrons through memory lane.
Towards the end of the performance, Beenie did Hum Hum.
"If yuh get one, mi haffi get one too," Bounty said, with numerous ad libs in between, that had the patrons laughing profusely.
After he did Living Dangerously, Beenie Man seemed unable to control himself and did a small piece of Dancehall Queen.
Shortly after, Shaggy also took the stage with It Wasn't Me, Oh Carolina and Boombastic.
Suku from Ward 21 also came on stage and the audience erupted when - in his deep voice - he deejayed, "the man dem wid dem owna gun, buss it up now."
Despite the Yush tagline of 'No long talking', the patrons seemed to have an insatiable appetite for the performances.
And, when Chi Ching Ching came, he was well received with his recent Way Up that had patrons dancing. Again, Beenie Man took the stage to do his part of the song as well as his original version.
The dancing fever continued when Jazzy T returned, with patrons dancing to every song that was played, including Ding Dong's Badman Forward, Elephant Man's Pon Di River and Voicemail's Dip Again.
The selector also highlighted another dancehall rivalry when he played Mavado's Slow Singing, followed by Vybz Kartel's Send Fi Di Army.
There was also a point where patrons danced extensively to Bobby Schmurda's Hot Nigga.
"You have been saying we don't have any sponsors, but we just want to big up all the companies that believe in us," one of the promoters, Philip Palmer, said.
And even as it drew closer to dawn, patrons did not seem eager to leave and danced to a selection of current hits by ZJ Liquid.