Elephant Man is a superstar in his native Jamaica but when it comes to America his career still hasn’t reached the highest levels. This summer however he was featured on the omnipresent single “Whine It Up” by Kat de Luna. Trying to use that as a springboard, Elephant Man is scheduled to release his new album “Let’s Get Physical” this fall. The album was originally slated to be released this month but was pushed back to the fall. With “Let’s Get Physical” will Elephant Man be able to crossover to the masses?
“Let’s Get Physical” represents a lot of change for Elephant Man. He is no longer signed exclusively to reggae label VP Records. He is now co-signed to VP Records and Bad Boy Records headed by Sean “Diddy” Combs. This has given Elephant Man a more mainstream approach on the new album.
The first single off of “Let’s Get Physical” is “Five-O” featuring Wyclef Jean and Diddy. Over a soaring guitar laced beat by Wyclef and Jerry Wonder, Wyclef croons and raps about the police. The song features the most laid back verse ever delivered from Elephant Man as his it is much tamer than his typical delivery. Diddy as always pipes in his traditional ad-libs.
Also on the album is the “Five-O Remix” featuring Wyclef, Swizz Beatz, Assassin Yung Joc, and Diddy. The beat features few variations and a surprisingly impressive verse from Swizz Beatz. The pace is more frenetic and the song is more successful.
On “Throw Your Hands Up” Elephant Man is joined by crossover sensation Rihanna. The song has potential to be big in the clubs and as a typical Rihanna song features her trademark cooing.
On “The Way We Roll Remix” the pace is magnified ten times higher. The song features a typical frenetic guest performance from Busta Rhymes who is joined by Shaggy. On this song both Shaggy and Busta Rhymes outshine Elephant Man’s verse. Few people on earth can flow faster than Shaggy and Busta Rhymes. The song is catchy but doesn’t have that crossover appeal.
“Wave Ya Rag” and “Real Pimps” feature the traditional Elephant Man style of frenetic rapping along with over the top repetitive riddims. On “Like A Snake” Elephant Man is joined by Don Omar for a Spanish-Jamaican collaboration. This song could have major appeal to both the Spanish and Jamaican markets. Other songs on the album include the Mya featured “That La La” and Willie Bounce which features an interpolation of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”
Overall “Let’s Get Physical” is a good crossover effort for Elephant Man. His hardcore fans shouldn’t be so disappointed with the album and new fans will be refreshed from the album. “Let’s Get Physical” gets 8 out of 10 for a very solid album. Get it in stores when it is available this fall.