From his days wandering in and out of sound system sessions as a semi-homeless five-year old to his reign as the undisputed "King of the Dancehall," the untold story of Moses Davis is the untold story of the bold cultural movement--Dancehall--that was spawned out of the economic depression and political tribalism of Jamaica's inner-city.
With WHO AM I-The Untold Story of Beenie Man, veteran entertainment journalist Milton Wray delves into the unimaginable world of Dancehall's biggest, brightest, and most controversial figure, while also giving a very intimate look into the growing mainstream phenomenon known as Dancehall.
Originally released by Great House Books in the Caribbean in 2008, WHO AM I has finally made its way to North America. Currently available through U.S. Reggae powerhouse VP Records in New York, and worldwide through Amazon.com, WHO AM I digs into the real story behind the rumors: the 16-year rivalry with Dancehall's 'Warlord'; the rise and fall of the Shocking Vibes family; and the very public deterioration of his relationships with two of Dancehall's leading ladies.
"Milton Wray's WHO AM I does for Beenie Man what Catch A Fire did for Bob Marley," states Rob Kenner, Editor-at-Large of Vibe Magazine. "The book presents a complex and compelling Jamaican superstar with the proper critical context and all due respect. Wray's decisive advantage is that he grew up on the same Kingston Streets as his subject, infusing his biography with a richness and cultural authenticity that no amount of field research could ever equal..."
"Infectious and daring, like a wicked Dancehall 'choon' about to blow up the charts..," is how Klive Walker, author of Dubwise: Reasoning from the Reggae Underground, describes Wray's work.
Pat Meschino, contributing writer to Billboard Magazine states that WHO AM I is "essential reading for anyone who wants a greater understanding of Dancehall's most dazzling performer...Milton Wray colorfully details Beenie Man's life, professional triumphs and tragedies, his sheer determination and unrestrained talent..."
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