Jay-Z samples 'Bam Bam'

August 17, 2017
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Sister Nancy's 'Bam Bam' that was produced by the late production icon Winston Riley has been sampled by multi-Grammy Award-winning rapper Jay Z.

The sampling of Bam Bam has resulted in the music mogul creating a record called Bam, which is the first single from his album 4:44. The song also features Damian Marley.

Kurt Riley told THE STAR that he was not surprised that his father's work is again being sampled.

"They got the clearance through the right channels for the record, and to tell you the truth, I was not surprised. A lot of people don't know that my father's work is one of the most sought after works outside of Jamaica. Universities in Canada are doing courses on Winston Riley's work. So anything which comes from the international side regarding Winston Riley does not surprise me," Kurt Riley said.

Bam Bam is one of the most sampled dancehall records. It was sampled by American rapper Too Short for his controversial single called Blowjob Betty in 1993. Guerilla Black, another American rapper, sampled Bam Bam in 2004 for his hit effort called Compton.

The song also gained international popularity after being featured on the soundtrack of American film Belly, and was selected by Electronic Arts for supporting music in the video game Skate. The song was also labelled as a reggae anthem by the BBC.

Meanwhile, Sister Nancy, in a documentary interview for 4:44, said she did not write the song.

"I just freestyle Bam Bam just like that. I didn't write it. Good music will last, and when I am gone my daughter will say that is mommy's Bam Bam."

Jay Z's Bam has been viewed more than nine million times on YouTube since being uploaded on July 20.

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