Big Ass Manatee

Big Ass Manatee


BIG ASS MANATEE is a seven-member strong beat factory aimed towards reincarnating top 40 pop songs into sweaty, furious, and strangely fresh party monsters that leave listeners forgetting the originals. Live, they are famously dancable.


The basic right of any human being is to express himself through the art form we call dance. But a right cannot exist without men to protect it.

There are seven among us who have accepted this responsibility. Big Ass Manatee is a collective of sonic sculptors and party professionals remaking top 40 songs into something their own using only the acapella track; meaning, the instrumentation, a blend of the digital and acoustic, is entirely original, demanding listeners to rethink the emotional character of the vocalist's delivery and ultimately the original song. For example, Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison, initially a passive mid-90's club song, became an emotionally charged attention-demanding dance anthem. This kind of recontextuatlization is done by other artists but rarely as such a total transformation.

Although a relatively young live show, Big Ass Manatee has shared the stage with artists such as Kid Koala and Girl Talk. Party time is obtained through an unforgiving blow of heavy percussive textures and brilliantly raw melodies that leaves that shit a sweaty mess.


1994EVER (2008) - Self-released

1. Return of the Mack (Single)
2. My Humps
3. Milkshake
4. Smile
5. Bootylicious
6. She's a Bitch
7. Dangerous
8. This Is How We Do It
9. We Be Clubbin'
10. Billie Jean

Physical and digital copies of this record have been distributed via AAM promotions to several hundred college radio stations. The record is available for free download at our official website,

Set List

Our set list is about 50 minutes long.
This typically includes about 10 songs.
These songs are:
Return of the Mack (Mark Morrison)
Stand Up (Ludacris)
Milkshake (Kelis)
My Humps (Black Eyed Peas)
Smile (Lilly Allen)
Gettin' Jiggy Wit It (Will Smith)
Bootylicious (Destiny's Child)
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
She's a Bitch (Missy Elliott)
This Is How We Do It (Montell Jordan)

Currently, these songs comprise our setlist and are rotated in the set from show to show.