New York – Sean “Diddy” Combs of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment signs a landmark deal with reggae/dancehall music label VP Records to market and distribute dancehall superstar, Elephant Man.
“Elephant Man is one the greatest entertainers in his genre of music. When I saw him at Madison Square Garden ripping down the stage, I knew that he was the one. He will be a great addition to our team,” Sean “Diddy” Combs said. The first release from Elephant Man under the new Bad Boy/VP Records venture is slated for spring 2007 with a single and video expected in early 2007.
Known for his high-energy live performances, Elephant Man a/k/a O’Neil Bryan is one of the few dancehall acts to crossover into mainstream music. Collaborations with Diddy, Cassie, Rhianna, Busta Rhymes, Shaggy, Mya, and long time collaborator Lil’ Jon, are expected on his upcoming release. In addition to the new CD in the works, Elephant Man will also hit the road as a supporting act on Diddy’s world tour to begin in February 2007 in support of Diddy’s new album “Press Play,” in stores this October.
A protégé of dancehall king, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man signed with VP Records in 2003 and crossed over into the pop mainstream with his hit single “Pon Di River” and collaborations with The Ying Yang Twinz, Lil’ Jon and Twista.
Regarding the joint venture with Bad Boy, Elephant Man, known to fans as the Energy God, remarked: “Ya know we are excited to work with P. Diddy, the vibes are there, and with this combo we are gonna take dancehall to another level. I’m looking forward to dropping (the album) and the promotion, cuz Diddy is creative, and with him and the Energy God together…It’s gonna be madness!”
Willie Daniels of VP Records commented: “Elephant Man has collaborated with many international stars, Lil’ Jon, Janet Jackson, Will Smith, and Mariah Carey to name a few, but I have never seen him so motivated to succeed. This collaboration is a natural progression in his career as an artist and entertainer.”
Bad Boy Records GM, Harve Pierre added, It’s a pleasure working with Elephant and VP Records and I know that it will be a great experience.”