Toppa Top 10: Ten Essential Super Cat Tunes

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March 20, 2012

3. “Boops!”
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For all of his braggadocio, Cat’s gyal tunes have a certain unique charm. This happy, major key song is the title track on Cat’s first album, an anthem to gold diggers and the sugar daddies they lean on for cash that started a small trend for similarly themed songs as well as a popular Jamaican stage play by the same name. Based on Marcia Griffiths’ Studio One classic, “Feel Like Jumping,” it became the inspiration for Boogie Down Productions’ “The Bridge Is Over” beat as KRS-One replayed the “Boops” bassline on piano (yes, KRS played that live the whole way through, no loop), altering it slightly into a darker, minor key scale. If you really check it, the lyrics and ad libs to that hip-hop classic are totally inspired by Catโ€”and dancehall at large. โ€”DJ Gravy