In recognition of French Montana and Nicki Minaj’s hit, “Freaks“, today I feature one of the songs that was sampled in it. Titled “Murder She Wrote“, this was a very popular hit of legendary duo Chaka Demus and Pliers. Released in 1992 and produced by Sly and Robbie on the “Bam Bam” remake riddim, this song was described as a song for the ladies with an “Angel face but a Devil’s heart“. This song spoke about a girl named Maxine who was a user, very promiscuous, and was also a murderer. According to the artists, this was written off an experience but with a few details omitted.
“Murder She Wrote” enjoyed much success in Jamaica and reaching as far as #27 on the UK music charts in 1994. Getting the song to be recorded was not an easy feat for the artists. Written by Pliers, he shopped the song to numerous producers on various riddims before scoring big with Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and meeting Chaka Demus. With the success of the single, Chaka Demus and Pliers scored a record deal with Island Records and made two music videos, one which featured Carlene the Dancehall Queen.
The duo managed to churn out a few more hits over the years but they’re still remembered for this one big hit. “Murder She Wrote” was also sampled by Canadian Rapper Kardinal Offishall, Don Omar, Cutty Ranks, Daddy Yankee and many others. Thank You Chaka Demus and Pliers for this classic tune.
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