Toppa Top 10: Biggieโ€™s 10 Best Jamaican References

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May 17, 2011


Lyric/Song: โ€œMan, I throw him in the Beem, you grab the fucking cream/And if he start to scream/Bam! Bam!/Have a nice dream.โ€ โ€” โ€œGimme The Loot”

Reference: Biggie could have just been going for dramatic effect when he excitedly interjects “Bam! Bam!” into his rhyme scheme. But “Bam Bam” is a term that turns up throughout modern Jamaican music, from Toots and the Maytals’ ’60s-era festival classic to Sister Nancy’s early ’80s dancehall hit, and Pliers’ “Bam Bam,” from the popular riddim of the same name.