Recently, International Recording Artist Jason Derulo released his latest single, “Too Hot“. While Jason has a great run with the pop hits, a familiar sound can be heard throughout the track, and it was the 1993 Dancehall classic, “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus & Pliers! Produced by Sly & Robbie for the Taxi Label, this song is Chaka Demus & Pliers’ signature track, and sampled another classic, the 1966 Toots & The Maytals’ “Bam Bam” which was produced by the late Byron Lee! Today, we’re gonna highlight the classic samples, songs that sampled them, and the many variations of the “Bam Bam Riddim” in our new “#13thStreetThrowback” Playlist series! It’s time to learn something, and party away!
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.
Today’s Oldies Selection comes from Deejays Admiral Bailey and Chaka Demus. Titled “One Scotch” and produced in 1986 by Prince Jammy’s (Now King Jammy’s), the deejays meet up at a bar and order their regular drink choices of one Scotch, one Bergerman (Bourbon), and one Beer all while dropping lyrics about having bullas with avacado, having money to take a plane trip and even a little chant (Demus). This song was inspired by Amos Milburn’s 1950 hit “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” and became a big hit in Jamaica.
Today’s 25DaysOfChristmas entry comes from the classic Reggae duo of Chaka Demus & Pliers. Titled, “Christmas A Come“, this had so much Dancehall feel to it, this was needed at a party with it’s great production. If a woman didn’t pull a man close and a man pulled a woman close to dance, something was really wrong. Very entertaining track, check out the song below and share your thoughts in the comments section.