Dancehall music is all about
sweating and grinding. So its a no-brainer when one of its biggest
stars, Elephant Man, names his current release Lets Get Physical. The Jamaican born and bred entertainer, know as The Energy God, has
gotten plenty of partygoers blood pumping with hits like “Pon
di River, Pon di Bank,” “Get Low Remix” with Lil Jon and collaborations
with R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, and Daddy Yankee.
With a Source Award and a MTV
Award nomination under his belt, Elephant Man was signed to Bad Boy
Records while sharing a dressing room with Diddy on the Usher Confessions
tour in 2005. Elephant Man went to release Lets Get Physical during
the height of his buzz in June of 2007. After almost a year of being
pushed back, are fans still as excited to hear the dancehall star?
A chameleon of hair color,
Elephant Man says that the album, chock full of star power collaborations,
will be like a Red Bull to the music industry. Here, the singer talks
about his high stamina on and off the stage, why hes not a good candidate
for Making The Band and his favorite ways to get physical.
AllHipHop.com Alternatives: Are you excited about your
album being out?
Elephant Man: Yeah, Im excited,
and the truth is a lot of fans have been waiting. The album is crazy!
AHHA: Yeah, I heard. Im
going to start working out to it.
Elephant Man: [laughs] Im
feeling good to know that! Its an album that was worth the wait,
you know? Its got some good songs.
AHHA: What was the hold
up on the album?
Elephant Man: The hold up is
because we have Chris Brown, Rihanna, Busta Rhymes and many others [on it].
We had to get clearances, you know? We wanted to have singles, and videos
right? We had to make sure everything would go well and we wouldnt
have any problems with lawyers and all of that. We had to make sure
everybody and everything was OK.
AHHA: Youve done a lot of
collaborations in your career. Whos your favorite artist to collab
Elephant Man: Chris Brown,
Rihanna and Busta Rhymes. With this album, I went for my favorite rapper,
my favorite singer, male and my favorite singer, female.
AHHA: You are on Bad Boy, and
as you know Danity Kane and Day 26 just finished up another round of
reality shows. Do you ever see yourself doing reality TV?
Elephant Man: Well, Im not
making the band, Im already out there. Im already past that level.
If Puffy wants me to come over and talk to them, I would.
AHHA: Would you do a show about
your own life?
Elephant Man: Of course! The
show would be about taking these people to Jamaica and showing them
about the dancehall, show them about what we go through, just showing
them our culture in Jamaica. Like, take them to the house and show them
the lifestyle we live. Show them what we like to do, show them how we
enjoy ourselves. It would be crazy, trust me!
AHHA: Your album is called,
Lets Get Physical. Whats your favorite way to get physical?
Elephant Man: My favorite physical
activity is football.
AHHA: Is that soccer or American
Elephant Man: Soccer! Im
not putting no ball under my arm and being chased by nobody! We Jamaicans
dont play that! No, we kick the ball and take some punches every
now and then. We dont run from nobody! A lot of people thought I
was born to be an athlete, but I was born to be an entertainer.
AHHA: If you werent in music,
what do you think you would be doing?
Elephant Man: I wouldnt
be doing anything, because its not like I want to do this. I was
chosen, understand? When I was a child I was performing in school, competing
against other schools. People had known for years what I did. They already
knew I was an artist. AHHA: What color is your hair
Elephant Man: One side is green
and one side is blue. I gotta keep up the image, you know? I like to
look cool. I like to look entertaining. You cant be a star and not
want to be seen and stand out. I gotta take care of this skin and this
sexy body. So when the girls see me they say, “Damn boy…damn kid!”
AHHA: Where did you get your
name from, by the way?
Elephant Man: The ladies gave
me that name. Because Im tall and Im long and Im strong like