FANS of the self-proclaimed King of the Dancehall Moses “Beenie Man” Davis will get the chance to read his life story in the forthcoming biography Who Am I? The Untold Story of Beenie Man.
Written by Jamaican journalist Milton Wray, the sensational biography has been released just in time for Reggae Sumfest. Wray spent 11 years documenting and researching the scandals and untold past of the popular figure in the more than 400-page biography. Wray described the work as non-stop drama, action and revelations.
“Beenie Man has a very fascinating story. His entire life is filled with drama from before he was born to recent times. He has not led an ordinary life. Everything he does is extraordinary … I knew his story would be action-packed and entertaining. People love him, heâ€™s appealing and endearing, there is a fierce public interest in his life,” Wray said.
Written in a story format, the work begins when Beenie Manâ€™s mother met his father, continues with his birth, chronicles his childhood, rise to stardom, his career the public breakup with Dâ€™Angel and his recent tax woes.
Having met the artists on numerous occasions Wray contacted Beenie Man in 1994 about the novel. According to Wray, Beenie Man was very receptive to the work, doing extensive interviews and providing never before seen pictures.
While writing the book Wray conducted interviews with relatives, friends associates, music business personnel, rivals and the girlfriends of the artiste.
For Wray, the biography held a journalistic appeal for him and he says that Beenie Manâ€™s story can inspire ghetto youth. The writer promises an unvarnished view of the â€˜Doctorâ€™, as while Beenie Man did cooperate for the novel, he did not approve the manuscript and has not seen a page of the work.
“The intention was not to put out a public relations piece for the artiste. The facts are presented as they occurred, whether or not Beenie Man likes those facts. He has led a very controversial life, and he acknowledges that, he recently told me as much. I believe he is prepared for whatever revelations may come from this book,” Wray said. â€“â€“ Jamaica Star