Elephant Man (musician)
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|Birth name||O'Neil Bryan|
|Also known as||The Energy God|
|Born||11 September 1975|
|Genres||Dancehall, reggae fusion, comedy rap, dirty rap|
|Labels||Bad Boy/Atlantic, VP, Greensleeves|
|Associated acts||Scare Dem Crew
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 characterised 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.
Recently, Bryan signed with New York-based label Bad Boy Records and released Let's Get Physical on 6 November 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.
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".
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.
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. 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 cancelled for similar reasons.
In January, 2012, Bryan was arrested on allegations for the grievous assault and rape of a 31-year-old woman who accused him of raping her in his home in Jamaica. He has since been released on J$ 400,000 (roughly $4,600 in American currency).
- 2000: Scooby Away
- 2000: Comin' 4 U
- 2001: Log On
- 2002: Higher Level
- 2003: Good 2 Go
- 2007: Monsters Of Dancehall
- 2008: Let's Get Physical
- 2011: Dance & Sweep
|US Hot 100||US R&B/Hip-Hop||Hot Rap Tracks|
|2003||"Pon De River"||86||68||19||Good 2 Go|
|2004||"Jook Gal" (featuring Twista, YoungBloodZ and Kiprich)||57||20||15||Good 2 Go (Remix to its album version)|
|2007||"Five-O" (featuring Wyclef Jean)||–||87||–||Let's Get Physical|
|"Willie Bounce"||–||51||–||Let's Get Physical|
|2009||"Nuh Linga"||–||84||–||Dance & Sweep|
As a featured guest
|2004||"Get Low (Remix)" (Lil Jon featuring Ying Yang Twins, Elephant Man & Busta Rhymes)||2||1||1||10||Part II|
|2007||"Whine Up" (Kat DeLuna featuring Elephant Man)||29||–||–||–||9 Lives|
|"China Wine" (Sun featuring Wyclef Jean, Elephant Man and Tony Matterhorn)||–||–||–||–||Non-album single|
|2009||"Clear! (Remix)" Kardinal Offishall featuring Elephant Man||–||–||–||–||Non-album single|
The following is a list of songs Elephant Man appears with other artists, usually remixes:
- "All Nite (Don't Stop)" (So So Def Remix) by Janet Jackson featuring. Elephant Man
- "All Nite (Don't Stop)" (Kwamé Stimulated Remix) by Janet Jackson featuring. Elephant Man
- "Are You Feelin' It?" by the Teddybears featuring. Elephant Man - Soft Machine
- "Get Low (Remix)" by Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz featuring. Ying Yang Twins, Busta Rhymes & Elephant Man - Part II
- "Pon de Replay (Remix)" by Rihanna featuring. Elephant Man - Music of the Sun
- "Reggae Bump Bump" by R. Kelly featuring. Elephant Man - TP-3: Reloaded
- "Shake (Remix)" by Ying Yang Twins featuring. Pitbull & Elephant Man - Money Is Still A Major Issue
- "Switch (Reggae Remix)" by Will Smith featuring. Elephant Man - Lost & Found
- "U Sexy Girl" by Fatman Scoop featuring. Elephant Man & Jabba - U Sexy Girl
- "Agony (song)" (Remix) by Dub J featuring. Sumeet, Broadway & Elephant Man
- "What U Gon' Do (Jamaican Remix)" by Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz featuring. Elephant Man & Lady Saw - Crunk Juice
- "Shake That Booty (Krumpa Remix)" by David Banner featuring. Elephant Man - Certified
- "Shake Baby Shake (Seeed Remix)" by Seeed featuring. Elephant Man - What You Deserve Is What You Get – EP
- "Ishq Naag" by RDB featuring. Elephant Man - PUNJABI
- "Whine Up" by Kat DeLuna featuring. Elephant Man - 9 Lives
- "Robbery (Remix)" by Killah Priest featuring. Elephant Man & Savoy - Black August
- "Get Wild (Bonus Track)" by Lil Skeeter featuring. Elephant Man - "Midwest Mastermind"
- "China Wine" by Sun featuring. Wyclef Jean, Elephant Man and Tony Matterhorn
- "Throw Your Hands Up" by Teddybears STHLM featuring. Elephant Man and Harry Toddler of Scare Dem Crew - Rock 'n' Roll Highschool
- "Money In The Bank" (Remix) by Swizz Beatz featuring. Young Jeezy, Eve & Elephant Man
- "Spin Ya Rag" by Lil Jon & DJ Ideal featuring. Elephant Man - The BME Mixtape
- "Kung Faux" Series by Mic Neumann featuring. Elephant Man
- "Wall To Wall (Remix) by Chris Brown featuring. Elephant Man
- "Umbrella (Remix) by Rihanna featuring. Elephant Man
- "Pegao (Remix)" by Wisin & Yandel featuring. Elephant Man - Caribbean Connection
- "Latinas" by Zion & Lennox featuring. Elephant Man - Caribbean Connection
- "Cut Dem Off" by Ricky Blaze featuring. Tony Matterhorn & Elephant Man
- "Satisfaction" by PUSHIM featuring. Elephant Man'
- "Church Heathen" by Shaggy (Mega Mix Promo) featuring. Shelly Thunder, Elephant Man, Ninjaman, Redd Foxx, Adrian Banton, Rayvon & ky)
- "Featured Artist: Solitair". HipHopCanada.com. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- "Entertainment | Mobo drops 'homophobic' artists". BBC News. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- Reggae's Elephant Man nixed from Toronto concert, CBC News
- "Police: Elephant Man charged with rape". Associated Press. Retrieved 31 January 2012.[dead link]
- Official Elephant Man MySpace Page
- Bad Boy Official website
- Realvibez.com: Elephant Man music videos
- Elephant Man at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview 11 April 2007 on BBC Radio 1Xtra; 64 minutes. (RealPlayer)