Hott-Est! Busy Signal’s Toppa Top Tunes

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September 26, 2012

8. Cool Baby

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Toying around in the studio one day, Busy created Freestyle, the riddim that isn’t a riddim. The sequence of synth stabs, with no drums, would become the basis for another Busy song, “Cyaan Beat We,” (as well as Bling Dawg’s “Jamaica”) but it was the sublime “Cool Baby” that became one of the puzzle pieces that fit together to make Busy’s Loaded (2008) the most eclecticโ€”and strongestโ€”dancehall LP of its day. โ€”Jesse Serwer