Kanye West in Bam Bam

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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AMERICAN singer Taylor Swift’s Album of the Year acceptance speech was a bit ‘out of sync’ with tradition at the Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angles, California, on Monday night. The 26-year-old used the opportunity to take a veiled swipe at rapper Kanye West about lyrics in his song Famous.


In the song, West claims to have made "the b**** famous" to which the singer took offence.



Famous samples Sister Nancy’s hit song Bam Bam, and features Rihanna.


The track is from West’s new album, The Life of Pablo, co-produced by Noah Goldstein and Charlie Heat.



The Life of Pablo, West’s seventh album, was released on February 14 via GOOD Music/Def Jam Recordings.


Produced by Winston Riley for Techniques Records, Bam Bam was a big hit in Jamaica in 1982. The song has been sampled or used in several songs and television commercials, including by giant sports company Reebok.



Bam Bam was also sampled in the 2013 song Badd by dancehall artiste Stylo G. American singer Kat Deluna sampled Bam Bam in her 2015 song Bum Bum which features singer Trey Songz.


Two years ago, Bam Bam was featured in the Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg movie, The Interview.


Ten years ago, Canadian producer RCola approached Sister Nancy to re-record Bam Bam. He eventually released a drum and bass dance floor remix of her song on 12-inch vinyl.


This is not the first time West has sampled music by a Jamaican artiste.
Yeezus, his 2013 platinum album, contained snippets of songs from Capleton, Assassin and Beenie Man.

 

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