Toppa Top 10: Reggae Samples In Rap Songs

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 +1
May 7, 2010

7. LL Cool J, “Doin It” = Grace Jones, “My Jamaican Guy”/Shyne feat. Barrington Levy, “Bad Boyz” = Grace Jones, “Nightclubbing”


The funky reggae Grace Jones cooked up with Sly and Robbie (at Chris Blackwell’s Compass Point studio in Nassau, Bahamas) in the early/mid ’80s can never be replicated, but it has been sampled quite a bit. Hurby Luvbug and his Invincibles squad were the first to to borrow the ethereal intro from ’82’s “My Jamaican Guy,” for Kid N Play (feat. The Real Roxanne)’s “Undercover” in ’88, but it wasn’t until Cool J and Leshaun’s “Doin’ It” eight years later that producer Rashad Smith truly did it justice, capturing the raw sexual immediacy of the original. Four years later, “Get Money” beatmaker EZ Elpee turned Grace’s Iggy Pop cover “Nightclubbing” into Shyne and Barrington’s cross-cultural Y2K classic, “Bad Boyz.”

See also: the many re-interpretations of Grace’s “Pull Up To The Bumper” that have turned up over the years.