Elephant Man, also known as the Energy God, (born O'Neil Bryan on September 11, 1975, in Kingston, Jamaica) is a dancehall musician.
His stagename stemmed from his large ears, which led to the nickname Dumbo in his youth. Ele started out his musical career as a member of the Scare Dem Crew, later continuing as a solo artist. He was later characterized for several trademarks, such as his dyed yellow-orange hair, his unique low-key voice, and his stage performance, which included jumping and running, or even climbing on stage props and monitors. His acoustic trademark is marked by a light lisp.
The first international recognition came when Elephant Man and Puma settled a contract for using his single "All Out" for its Olympics commercial campaign in 2004.
Elephant Man also had a song called "Willie Bounce" that appeared on several Mixtapes in early 2006. It borrowed the first few bars from I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.
Recently, the Jamaican star signed with New York-based label Bad Boy Records and released Let's Get Physical on November 6,2007. The first single is called "Five-O" and features Wyclef Jean. Another track on the album will feature Diddy and Busta Rhymes, and it was produced by Cipha Sounds and Solitair.
Most commonly, songs by Elephant Man are found on various Riddim Driven albums by VP Records and Greensleeves Records’s Rhythm Album series. He performs on popular riddims such as "Diwali," "Coolie," "Stepz," and "Bubble Up," among others.
The dance Elephant Man created for his song No Linga, was danced by Usain Bolt at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing after winning the gold medal and breaking a world record in the 200 meter sprint.
Elephant Man has been criticised for his lyrics calling for violence against gay
people. In 2003 British LBGT
called for the arrest and prosecution of several dancehall stars including Elephant Man, Bounty Killer
, and Beenie Man
for violation of hate crimes
statutes, however a record company gag and agreement with gay rights groups in the U.K. has allowed him to remain free.
- 2000: Comin 4 U
- 2001: Log On
- 2002: Higher Level
- 2003: Good 2 Go
- 2005: Ova Di Wall (unreleased)
- 2008: Let's Get Physical
- 2008: ''Dip Again
As a featured guest
The following is a list of songs Elephant Man appears with other artists, usually remixes: