Toppa Top 10: Ten Jamaicans Who Topped the Billboard Hot 100

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July 17, 2015

Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper (1994)

Ini Kamoze packs more memorable, sing-along-lines and refrains into this 1994 hip-hop remix smash than there is “juice” in “a strawberry.” But the classic quotables (“Naaa nanana naaa nana na naaaa,” “Murde-rah!,” “I know what Bo donโ€™t know/Touch them up and go, wuh-ohโ€) only partly explain why this comeback track from the mid โ€˜80s reggae star topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for two weeks in December 1994. Producer Salaam Remiโ€™s timely blend of hip-hop and reggae definitely had something to do with it; he told us the story behind the track back in 2012โ€”read it here. โ€œHotstepperโ€ was Ini’s only US hit, however, his 1984 song “World A Music” was sampled in Damian Marley’s “Welcome To Jamrock,” which reached No. 55 in 2005. โ€” Kieran Meadows