The Beenie Man and Bounty Killer Verzuz battle got underway on Saturday (May 23). While nearly 700,000 viewers tuned in to watch the two Jamaican dancehall artists — who were actually in the same place unlike past Verzuz battles — they had a few unexpected guests.
Not long after the event kicked off, at least one policeman showed up at their location and wanted to shut them down.
But rather than let the officer rattle him, Beenie Man politely asked him in his thick Jamaican accent, “Can we not do this right now? There are 500,000 people watching us right now from all over the world. Do you want to be that guy? Do you want to be that guy? Listen. People. The police are here. But we are not stopping because before COVID-19, it was murders killing people.
“It was people killing people then COVID-19 started … so we do this. Hey stop…Killer. Them gone out that door. The police are gone. We got rid of them. We are Jamaicans. We are being nice. We are being good. Don’t make me stop the fight! So people, let’s do this!”
— A little bit broke (@ella_LOCO) May 24, 2020
Rihanna, who hails from the nearby Caribbean island of Barbados, wrote in the comment section, “Police go home.” Evidently, they did.
Twitter was also delighted with the way Beenie Man handled the situation, with one Twitter user saying, “This is the most Jamaican shit I’ve seen all day.” Others noticed Bounty Killer seemed to vanish into thin air as soon as the police showed up.
Check out some the reactions below.
— Ci (@CiCiz_Interlude) May 24, 2020
The way Beenie Man was talking to the police pic.twitter.com/M3U8JcovSu
— Zoe 🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹 (@YourFavoriteZoe) May 24, 2020
Police deadass pulled up to the Bounty Killer and Beenie Man Verzuz battle. Bounty must’ve had mad warrants out for him cause he was goneeee lmaoo. Legendary battle tho. pic.twitter.com/JPOjQUv6oA
— DotEm (@TWCapo) May 24, 2020
Jamaicans are a whole different vibe.🇯🇲
— Emeka Obia (@Emeka_talks) May 24, 2020
— Roy Burton (@TheBSLine) May 24, 2020
— Def Pen (@defpen) May 24, 2020
#VERZUZ Real talk tho… the hardest part of this battle was Beenie Man running out the police!!! "you don't wanna be that guy … we worldwide! we not stoppingggg" straight fireee!!! LOL … "I was like WTH nahh sir!! Run dem Beenie!!!!!" 🤣 He was cross CROSS #ForTheCulture
— ♥ CiiCii ♥ (@Ms__Forde) May 24, 2020
— Shomari KRL (@redymix) May 24, 2020
The police showed up and Beenie Man was smooth with it. Bounty Killer stepped out the frame so quick. He ain’t going back to jail. #verzuztv
— Kozza (@Kozza) May 24, 2020
Jamaican Cops: “This is the police! We have you surrounded! Come out now!”
Beenie Man: “We busy. Ya gwan ha’ fi’ come back tamarrah.”
Jamaican Cops: “Okay.”
— Corey Richardson (@vexedinthecity) May 24, 2020
— Milli Mike (@Mighty_Mike777) May 24, 2020
Beenie man energy at the police tonight pic.twitter.com/YtxzVdE8ja
— Cassiethepooh♐🎶🧜🏾♀️ 🇧🇸💕 (@kachacassie) May 24, 2020
— NaturalGoddess❄🍁🌹🌧♒🇯🇲 (@AquariRebel) May 24, 2020
— Li$a 🇯🇲 (@Lisa_YungDoll) May 24, 2020
Beenie Man to the Police pic.twitter.com/PwziRojQhh
— Anthony Bassey (@abasseyisd) May 24, 2020
LOOOOOOL THE POLICE BUSTED UP BEENIE AND BOUNTY KILLA’S IG LIVE MAN
— Porsha (@CherchezLaPorsh) May 24, 2020