Introducing Mr. Beeds: From Moviemaker To Musicmaker
by Arthia Nixon
Nassau, The Bahamas…Already a force to be reckoned with in his native Bahamas, Ricardo Forbes has taken over the local entertainment industry as an actor, director and writer. Proof of his professionalism lies on his trophy case in the form of awards from the Bahamas Film Festival. However, he too has an alter ego and while it might not be as flashy as Beyonce`s Sasha Fierce, his Mr. Beeds has more substance mixed with a playful yet positive vibe, something the young men who are looking up to him as a role model are in desperate need of.
His debut album Peak State released by Dunamus Soundz in late 2008 is anything but amateur. Mr. Beeds’ album has him hitting compilation highnotes with Bahamian bestsellers TaDa, Shaback, up and comer soul-stirrer Rudell Capron, mister music himself Sammi Starr and the prince of positive hip-hop Manifest, the man who birthed the Dunamus Soundz label. Even famed photographer Scharad Lightbourne contributes with his ability to make a picture say more than 1,000 words. Overall, Peak State is a comedic satire of sorts that delivers a cuss-free, feel-good, get up and dance flow that should favor well at next year’s Marlin Awards, the Caribbean version of the Grammy’s. As for Mr. Beeds, his charismatic personality, boyish good looks and ability to charm his audience makes him one of the newest ambassadors in the hip-hope market.
“I’ve been getting some awesome vibes from listeners,” admits Mr. Beeds. “It’s kinda cool too when I meet some of the people who listen because they range from guys on the street corner, to church-goers and then the regular hip-hopper. They are especially loving my duet with Sammi Starr Never Knew. It’s amazing because we are still in production for the video and yet people are singing along as I perform in the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and even the southern USA. My mother taught me to pray and let me tell you, this is an answered prayer.”
Staying true to his heritage, Mr. Beeds might be one of the first hip-hop crossovers from his country to hit the international market with a legible Bahamian accent.
“I believe in being true to myself in all things,” says the artist who has been working on the album for the past few years. “I don’t want to gain the world and lose my soul. I don’t want to tell young men one thing and live another thing. At my age, you have to stand for something because so many people are looking up to you and when you fall, you take all those people down with you. So you have to remember who you are in order to know where you are going.”
Peak State is available at music stores, bookstores and on www.dunamussoundz.com