Art and Life - Beenie Man

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. This record is just a party from beginning to end.
  2. 80
    On Art and Life, Beenie's lyrical flow is unstoppable. He unleashes some of his sharpest and funniest rhymes over slickly-produced tracks aimed squarely for hip-hop radio airplay.
  3. 80
    More than justifies the hype.
  4. His latest finds the Jamaican lyrical wizard working Rasta magic on a humorous pastiche of sexual posturing and socially conscious manifestoes, all nailed down on a canvas of ass-shakin' ragga, hip-hop, reggae and dancehall jams.
  5. Beenie Man's smooth adaptability works against him, as the 17 tracks almost inevitably contain a few less than stellar ones. For the most part, however, Art and Life has more good than bad.
  6. Diasporic dancehall reggae, spruced up and polished around the edges, but essentially retaining the artist's signature style.
  7. The result is entertaining but so bound by the requirements of Jamaican and American clichés that there's not much room left for his own personality to come through.
  8. Without being defined by any particular rhetorical or ideological position, he's made a breezy but severely eclectic record.

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