Beenie Man has been a hurricane force in Jamaican music since the tender age of 7, when he unleashed his first single unto the Rasta masses. Since then, he's gone on to become a profitable and controversial figure — the self-proclaimed "Undisputed King of the Dancehall." Well, maybe there is some truth to that, after Beenie Man's trysts with Bounty Killer (they're pals now). But like royalty, Beenie's certainly come under the scrutinizing eye of the subjects he lords over. There's no better example than his famous inclusion in the 2004 MTV VMA's in Miami, which was lambasted by every gay and lesbian group in the land. Though he gets brownie points for his grassroots attitude and ability to work a crowd, Beenie Man won't be able to live down the homophobia of his work any time soon.

Beenie Man performs Friday, September 8, at Ole Ole Mexican Grille, 300 SW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The show starts at 11 p.m. Ticket prices TBA. Call 786-319-1477, or visit www.trinisouthboyz.com.

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