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The Carters In Jamrock: 5 Times Jamaica Has Been A Part Of Their Careers

If you’re living under a rock (or you were pretty busy), the Carters (Beyonce and Jay Z) are in Jamaica! With their “On The Run 2” Tour dates drawing near, they’ve decided to hop on a Plane and pass through “Jamrock” to get some things done. Word is they’re shooting a video, and you know fans from all over are trying to get some camera time with Queen Bey and Jigga. While they’re no stranger to the Island, we’d like to highlight 5 times Jamaica has been a part of their careers. If no island vibes nuh inna it, it nah go nice! Check them out below!

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1. One of Beyonce’s biggest singles, “Run The World (Girls)“, sampled Dancehall.

Beyonce’s 2011 single was the anthem for Women Empowerment worldwide, and off the album, “4“. Produced by The-Dream, Switch, and Shea Taylor, the single sampled “Pon De Floor“, a collaborative effort between Major Lazer and Dancehall Icon Vybz Kartel. Beyonce’s single went on to become one of her biggest ones to date, and gave the “World Boss” some writing credit too.

2. Jay Z has rapped over a few Dancehall/Reggae samples.

Jay Z’s from Brooklyn, New York, an area that is heavily populated by Caribbean folks. He must have some sort of Jamaican influence in his songs, right? He has thrown some patois in the lyrics, but singles like “On To The Next One” off his “Magna Carter…Holy Grail” album borrowed a piece of Cutty Rank’s infamous intro off his 1992 single, “A Who Seh Me Dun“. Other samples include Max Romeo’sChase The Devil“, which was featured on “Lucifer“, the late John Holt’sI Will” on “Encore“, Sizzla’sSolid As A Rock” on “Crown“, and Sister Nancy’sBam Bam” and Jacob Miller’sTenement Yard” on “Bam“. Big up the Producers involved.

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Marcia Aitken’s “I’m Still In Love” Featured In @Beyonce x Jay Z’s “OTR II” Ad!

Jamaica’s music continues to leave an impression on many worldwide, and today’s no different. Hours ago, Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z announced their “On The Run 2” Tour. While fans all over get their things ready to see their Idols perform live, music heads heard a familiar classic playing throughout the 45 second ad. Straight out of 1977 comes Marcia Aitken’s cover of “I’m Still In Love (With You Boy)“! Produced by Joe Gibbs, it gave the young Aitkens (who was a student at the Excelsior High School at the time) her first #1 hit in Jamaica, with high chartings in the US and UK. The single was featured on her 1981 debut, “Reggae Impact“, and was a cover of the late Alton Ellis 1967 Sir Coxsone Dodd produced hit (his version focused on “girl” as hers the opposite gender). “I’m Still In Love” has been sampled by Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Trinity, and Althea & Donna.

For those wanting to attend OTR II, visit Beyonce.com. For those who want to dabble in Music History, check out the tracks below.

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