Toppa Top 10: Ten Rap Songs That Shout Out Shabba

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July 18, 2013


1. Phife Dawg on A Tribe Called Quest- “Jazz (We’ve Got)” (1991)
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I grew up as a Christian so to Jah I give thanks/Collect my banks, listen to Shabba Ranks/I sing, and chat, I do all of thatโ€ฆ

Trini-American MC Phife Dawg was known for dropping a patois line or two on a Tribe Called Quest cut. In fact, Phife, along with Busta Rhymes (and sometimes Queen Latifah, who collaborated with Shabba on “What’Cha Gonna Do”), brought the Caribbean flavor to the Native Tonguesโ€™ groovy cultural hip-hop blend. The Five-Footer bigged up Shabba on the groupโ€™s 1991 single โ€œJazz (Weโ€™ve Got), after spitting a bit of (Ninjaman-inspired) patois at the top of the song’s most memorable verse: Competition dem try fi come sideway, but competition dem must come straightwayโ€ฆ.