Toppa Top 10: Ten Essential Super Cat Tunes

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March 20, 2012

8. “Scalp Dem”

Super Cat fully inhabits his Wild Apache alter ego on this track from his 1994 collaborative album with his brother Junior Cat, Nicodemus and Junior Demus, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and The Crazy, an extended double entendre linking the soundclash to the Western movies that have been so influential in dancehall music. Like nearly all of ‘Cat’s 90’s hits “Scalp Dem” was treated to a hip-hop remix, in this case a beast from the then-red hot hands of the RZA, also featuring Method Man. Thanks to his Columbia deal, Cat also tended to get some pretty nice video budgetsโ€”at least for a dancehall artistโ€” and this one (sorry, embeds are blocked) was one of his best and most ambitious. โ€” Jesse Serwer