Words by Jesse Serwer, DJ Gravy, Sherman Escoffery and Micro Don—
It’s been 20 years since Super Cat’s Don Dada album and street classics like “Ghetto Red Hot” made him most every hip-hop head’s favorite dancehall deejay, and one more decade on top of that since the deejay also known as Wild Apache first made his mark in Jamaica. Mr. Cat has grown increasingly reclusive in recent years, having made just a handful of songs and performances in the last decade, so we were super amped to hear his voice all over Nas’ brand new banger “The Don,” even if it was just a sample (well, actually two). With “The Don” earning praise and capturing the attention of listeners who were barely out of diapers the last time Super Cat had a song on the radio (and by that we mean his cameo on Sugar Ray’s “Fly“—now 14 years old!) the timing couldn’t be better to break down the most essential tunes from one of dancehall’s greatest and most mysterious artists.