Elephant Man: John Ricard/Retna
Michael Endelman
December 29, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Good 2 Go

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Elephant Man
Producers
Atlantic, VP

We gave it a B+

On Good 2 Go, his first major-label release, Jamaican dancehall star Elephant Man aims to duplicate the Kingston-to-Brooklyn crossover success of Sean Paul, without pandering to hip-hop tastes. Famous for his acrobatic, off-the-wall performances (he’s nicknamed Energy God), the gruff-voiced platinum blond translates that live exuberance to CD. With its ping-ponging beats and goofy melody quotes (Survivor’s ”Eye of the Tiger”), ”Good” is unruly and infectious — even if you can’t decipher Elephant Man’s dense patois.

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