No Beenie Man without Bunny Lee: Artiste says legendary producer was a father figure to him

Late music producer, Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee (left) Dancehall artiste, Beenie Man (right)

“There’d be no Beenie Man without Bunny Lee.” That’s the assertion coming from the ‘King of the dancehall’ himself, as he took to his Instagram to hail the legendary producer who died on Tuesday.

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Sharing a clip from an interview the two did back in 2014, Beenie Man acknowledged the impact Bunny Lee had on the music industry and shared that it was Bunny Lee who produced his very first album when he was just 10-years-old.

But Bunny Lee was more than just a producer to Beenie Man, he was also a father figure that taught him to be a professional musician.

“Bunny Lee is not only a producer to I, is like the father that. Mi used to live a Bunny Lee house, mi and him son dem grow and everything so a mi fada,” he said in the interview.

Beenie Man said Bunny Lee offered him much needed guidance to maneuver the music industry.

“You cannot go on the road as an artiste, looking like the man weh ago fix the mike, and the man weh a set up the box, you have to look like the star. A him [Bunny Lee] teach me these things, so without Bunny Lee, there wouldn’t be a Beenie Man,” he said.

Beenie Man declared that Bunny Lee’s mark on the music industry is indomitable because of the eye he had for spotting talent.

“Is a man weh believe in talent, this is the reason he’s in music for so long.”