Bam Bam!: 12 Times Hip-Hop Sampled, Remixed + Flipped Sister Nancy

Belly (1998)


“Bam Bam” doesn’t only turn up in hip-hop tracks; it’s in hip-hop movies, too. For many, it might be most recognizable from a pivotal scene in Belly, Hype Williams’ stylized 1998 drama starring Nas and DMX, which introduces the femme fatale character, Chiquita. Set between between Jamaica, Queens and Kingston, Jamaica, Belly had a noted dancehall slant, with cameos from Sean Paul, Mr. Vegas and the late Mr. Bogle, and veteran deejay Louie Rankin in the role of Teddy Bruckshot. But it’s that scene with “Bam Bam” that people remember the most; in fact, you could say it’s partly responsible for the song’s persistence in popular culture, as Belly still regularly airs on TV. In a case of what one might call cinematic sampling (Quentin Tarantino does it all of the time) there are echoes of Belly‘s Chiquita scene in Seth Rogen and James Franco’s controversial comedy The Interview. Instead of heralding the arrival of an exotic seductress, the cinematic horns of the Stalag riddim and Nancy’s ethereal vocals set the scene for the appearance of a mysterious, absurd foreign despot: Kim Jong-un.