Toppa Top 10: Top Gunslinger-Inspired Deejays

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April 12, 2011

3. Super Cat aka Wild Apache

While most of his predecessors identified with the Westerns’ white heroes, Super Cat took up the other side of the Cowboys & Indians equation. Early in his career he took on the moniker Wild Apache, partly in reference to his East Indian blood, and later used that name for his record label, Wild Apache Productions. Cat explores this aspect of his persona on “Scalp Dem,” the classic single from The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Crazy, a 1994 joint summit LP with younger brother Junior Cat, Nicodemus and Junior Demus (which also produced Nicodemus’ “Wild Wild West”). In what is a candidate for greatest, high-concept dancehall video of all-time and a clear homage to The Harder They Come and the deejay-as-gunslinger motif, Cat falls asleep while watching a Western on TV and finds himself in the movie.