Brand Jamaica is becoming increasingly popular around the globe. This spike is especially evident in the number of international stars who have opted for Jamaican-influenced music. This week the Saturday Hustle team shares our favourite international musical collaborations with a Jamaican.
Ghetto Story (Chapter 2) - Baby Cham featuring Alicia Keys
Here’s my ghetto story/ Been in hell through the fire/ Now we gonna take it higher/ Here’s my survival story/ So many reasons to sing this/ Now we got the keys to the kingdom/
Baby Cham's 2008 hit received so much airplay that it caught the attention of R&B superstar Alicia Keys. Staying true to the genre, Keys’ electrifying vocals complemented the hardcore dancehall lyrics performed by Baby Cham. The song peaked at number 15 on Billboard’s Hot Hip Hop/R&B Singles charts, and number 13 on the Billboard Rap Tracks charts.
Underneath It All - No Doubt featuring Lady Saw
You're really lovely/Underneath it all/ You want to love me/ Underneath it all/I'm really lucky/ Underneath it all/You're really lovely/
The Grammy-winning single Underneath It All was released on No Doubt's Rock Steady album in 2001. The song was also featured on the soundtrack for the 2004 romantic comedy 50 First Dates.
Baby Boy - Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul
Baby boy you stay on my mind/ Fulfil my fantasies/I think about you all the time/I see you in my dreams/
Baby Boy was on Beyonce's debut solo album Dangerously in Love which was released in 2003. The song became an instant number one with its infectious Jamaican and Arabic influences.
Treat Her Like A Lady - Celine Dion featuring Diana King
Lady, treat her like a lady/ You'll make a good girl crazy, if you don't treat her like a lady/ Lady, treat her like a lady/
The song was released in 1997 as the last single from Dion's Let’s Talk About Love
album. The song peaked at number 16 in Austria, number 29 in the UK and number 40 in Ireland.
Girls Dem Sugar - Beenie Man featuring Mya
Sim Simma, Beenie Man ah di girls dem sugar/ Sim simma, di girls dem world- class lover/ Sim simma, dem girls dem need this/
The uptempo fusion of Dancehall and Soul made Girls Dem Sugar easily added to singles in heavy rotation on the airwaves. The song was produced by The Neptunes for Beenie Man's studio album Art and Life released in 2000.
Dem No Worry We - Supercat and Heavy D
Dem nuh worry me/ Dem nuh worry mi-i-i-i-i/ So change yuh dutty way of tinkin and gwaan easy-yy-y-y/ Seh Mr Cat him a di wild wild Apache/
Hip hop star Heavy D paid homage to his Jamaican roots with his popular collaboration with the legendary Super Cat in the early ‘90s. The single peaked at 21 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play songs on January 16, 1993.