Elephant Man's album 'Lets Get Physical' set to be released on June 26 - Bad Boy Ent.


By: Joseph Cunningham
Photo by: Carlington Wilmot

elephant-man-p-diddy-badboy-physical-SexyGirls.jpgOneil Bryan a.k.a Elephant Man, has been keen on getting another album out since his last in 2003 called, Good 2 Go. A new album has finally transpired bearing the title, Lets Get Physical, that befits his explosive energy. During his hiatus, Elephant Man did singles that attracted Hip Hop Mogul Sean Diddy Combs who in turn signed the 'Energy God' to his label Bad Boy Entertainment. "The signing is a fulfillment of one of my objectives in the musical industry," the Energy God said in describing that aim as crossing over and attracting top labels.

Elephant Man, who exhibits a 'bad boy' persona feels in good company with label mates such as R&B/Hip Hop statesmen and prodigies, Loon, Young Joc and Danity Kane.The synergy of Dancehall and Hip/Hop content should bring a dynamic album, set to be released June 26.

As expected, the affiliation will see the Energy God collaborating with a myriad of 'Top' artistes. This upcoming album features Wyclef Jean on the track FiveO.. The signing and his new album should breathe fresh life into Elephant's musical career, to a level comparable to the days when he sparred on tracks with the likes of Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz, Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson.

Born in 1974, his overly large ears as a child earned Elephant Man the nickname 'Dumbo Elephant' from his classmates in the Seaview Gardens area of Kingston, Jamaica. Shabba Ranks and Bounty Killer were Seaview residents at the time, and with King Jammy's studio not so far away, Elephant Man had an early exposure to dancehall culture.

Elephant Man often sang at the gates of Ranks and Jammy's studios, Bounty Killer heard him and suggested forming a group with other Seaview teens. The group was originally called the Seaview Family, but after Bounty Killer had a massive hit with the song Big Guns Scare Dem, the group's name changed to Scare Dem Crew. Scare Dem Crew only released one album but played multiple festivals around Jamaica, giving Elephant Man a chance to refine his on-stage persona. Dancehall night at 1998's Reggae Sumfest was a highlight, with Elephant Man climbing up a television camera crane and delivering his energetic rhymes high above the audience.

After members of the Scare Dem started to question the DJ's ability to be a team player, he then left the group feeling disrespected. Going solo had its advantages, as Elephant Man was able to incorporate the hip-hop rhythms he loved on his full-length debut, Comin' 4 You, released by Greensleeves in 2000. The title cut from his second release, Log On, was a huge hit and the album's WTC attacks commentary attracted a wealth of attention from the press. A duet with Elephant Man and one of his favourite rappers, Busta Rhymes, appears on a remix of Lil Jon's Get Low and Mariah Carey recruited the DJ for an appearance on her Charmbracelet album. Atlantic Records took note of Elephant Man's growing popularity and released his major-label debut, Good 2 Go, in late 2003 while the single, Pon di River, Pon di Bank, took urban radio by storm.

We expect an 'Elephantastic' album just by looking at the Energy God's resources but we as fans/public will need to hear and feel the energy of the Elephant before we pass our verdict.