Toppa Top 10: Reggae Samples In Rap Songs

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May 7, 2010

3. Special Ed, “I’m The Magnificent” = Desmond Dekker, “007 (Shanty Town)” + Dave & Ansel Collins, “Double Barrel”


Along with KRS and Just-Ice, Jamaican-American Special Ed was one one of the most explicitly dancehall-friendly MCs of rap’s Golden Era. Fellow Flatbush native Hitman Howie Tee cooked up the beat using Desmond’s classic and an early appearance of the ubiquitous “I…amthemagnificent” line from Dave & Ansel Collins’s “Double Barrel.”

See Also: Biz Markie “Biz is Goin’ Off” and Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five “The New Adventures of Grandmaster”