The photo shows an excited Beenie Man getting cozy with the “Diamond” singer while performing on stage at an event in Barbados, seven years ago.
“#TBT @badgalriri #WeRunRoad #Barbados #Jamaica #Unstoppable #Caribbean,” Beenie Man captioned the photo on Instagram.
In 2009, the “Who I Am” deejay reportedly called Rihanna on stage during his performance at a reggae show. Some believed what he did was somewhat embarrassing to the pop singer.
Beenie Man reportedly talked about the infamous beating incident between Rihanna and Chris Brown, asking the patrons if they the occurrence was foolish, while singing the hook to “Umbrella.”
“Ah eediat ting weh Chris do,” Beenie Man shouted.
The “King of the Dancehall” deejay, who was definitely on her side, was trying to excite the crowd by bashing Chris Brown. However, some patrons believed Rihanna was left awkward and ashamed.
He reportedly told her that Chris Bown should get wrathful when he sees pictures of him (Beenie Man) and Rihanna hugging up on stage.
“I am the girls dem suga and anything the sugar touch get sticky,” Beenie Man yelled to the crowd.
“When Chris see it he must get ‘Heart Attack,’ he added, as he went on to the said song.
Beenie Man, whose real name is Anthony Moses Davis, is a Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae Dancehall recording artist.
Beenie Man appeared as himself in the 1997 film Dancehall Queen.
In 1998, Beenie Man headlined Reggae Sunsplash and signed to Virgin Records to release albums in the United States.
His first American offering was The Doctor (1998). During the late 1990s, Beenie Man began his conquest of America with the hits, “Romie”, “Who Am I”, and “Girls Dem Sugar”, which featured American R&B singer, Mýa.
During this time he received an impressive number of international music awards including a MOBO Award for Best International Reggae Act in 1998, while remaining at the top of the local charts.
In 2000, Beenie Man released Art & Life, which featured Arturo Sandoval and Wyclef Jean (The Fugees), for which received a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
In the same year he co-produced (with Wyclef Jean) the debut album by actor Steven Seagal. Beenie Man, like many dancehall artists, is outspoken on a number of social issues, as exemplified by songs such as “Steve Biko” and “Murderer”.
Beenie Man married Michelle “D’Angel” Downer on 22 August 2006. Downer was previously known as long-time girlfriend to Bounty Killer. They had a son together named Marco Dean. However, the couple divorced in 2011.
In 2014, Beenie Man and long-term rival Bounty Killer put aside their differences and recorded a single together, “Legendary”.