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Elephant Man
Birth name O'Neil Bryan
Also known as The Energy God, Ele
Born September 11, 1977 (1977-09-11) (age 32)
Genres Dancehall, Reggaeton, Comedy rap, Dirty Rap
Occupations deejay, singer
Years active 1997–present
Labels Bad Boy/Atlantic, VP, Greensleeves
Associated acts Scare Dem Crew
The Alliance
Kat DeLuna
Website www.elephant-man.net

Elephant Man, also known as the Energy God, born O'Neil Bryan on September 11, 1977 in Kingston, Jamaica, is a dancehall musician.

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Biography

Bryan's stagename stemmed from his large ears, which led to the nickname Dumbo in his youth. He started out his musical career as a member of the Scare Dem Crew, later continuing as a solo artist. He was later characterized for several trademarks, such as his dyed yellow-orange hair, his unique low-key voice, and his stage performance, which included jumping and running, or even climbing on stage props and monitors. His acoustic trademark is marked by a light lisp.

Bryan had his first international recognition when he and Puma settled a contract for using his single "All Out" for its Olympics commercial campaign in 2004.

He also had a song called "Willie Bounce" that appeared on several Mixtapes in early 2006. It borrowed the first few bars from "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.

Recently, Bryan signed with New York-based label Bad Boy Records and released Let's Get Physical on November 6, 2007. The first single is called "Five-O" and features Wyclef Jean. Another track on the album will feature Diddy and Busta Rhymes, and it was produced by Cipha Sounds and Solitair.[1]

Many of his songs are found on various Riddim Driven albums by VP Records and Greensleeves Records’s Rhythm Album series. He performs on popular riddims such as "Diwali," "Coolie," "Stepz," and "Bubble Up," among others.

The Gully Creeper dance, for which Bryan created a song, was danced by Usain Bolt at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing after winning the gold medal and breaking a world record in the 200 meter sprint.

Controversy

Bryan has been criticised for his lyrics calling for violence against gay people. In 2003 British LBGT group OutRage! called for the arrest and prosecution of several dancehall stars including Elephant Man, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man for violation of hate crimes statutes. In 2004 he was dropped from the MOBO awards.[2]. Since then pressure from his record company and agreement with gay rights groups to avoid songs with lyrics deemed to incite homophobic violence have allowed him to perform in the UK. In 2009, his scheduled appearance at Toronto's Caribana festival was canceled for similar reasons.[3]

Discography

Albums

  • 2000: Comin 4 U
  • 2001: Log On
  • 2002: Higher Level
  • 2003: Good 2 Go
  • 2008: Let's Get Physical

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US R&B/Hip-Hop Hot Rap Tracks
2003 "Pon De River" 86 68 19 Good 2 Go
2004 "Jook Gal" (feat. Twista, YoungBloodZ and Kiprich) 57 20 15 Good 2 Go (Remix to its album version)
2007 "Five-O" (feat. Wyclef Jean) - 87 - Let's Get Physical
"Willie Bounce" - 51 -
2009 "Nuh Linga" - 84 -

As a featured guest

Year Title Chart positions Album
US ? ? ?
2004 "Get Low (Remix)" (Lil Jon feat. & Busta Rhymes) 2 1 1 10 Part II
2007 "Whine Up" (by Kat DeLuna) 29 - - - 9 Lives
"China Wine" (by Sun Ho) - - - - TBA

Appearances

The following is a list of songs Elephant Man appears with other artists, usually remixes:

References

  1. ^ HipHopCanada.com :: Featured Artist: Solitair - April 5th 2007
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Reggae's Elephant Man nixed from Toronto concert, CBC News

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