Here Comes The Hotstepper

Album: Here Comes The Hotstepper (1995)
Charted: 4 1
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  • The "na-na-na-na-na" chorus is sampled from Cannibal And The Headhunters' version of "Land Of 1,000 Dances."
  • Fats Domino receives royalties from this. He was credited as co-author on "Land Of 1,000 Dances" in exchange for recording the song.
  • The bass line is sampled from Taana Gardner's 1981 song "Heartbeat." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Robin - Birmingham, AL
  • "The Hotstepper" is Kamoze's nickname. It's a Jamaican term for a man on the run from the law. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • This was featured in Robert Altman's film Ready To Wear (Pret-a-Porter).
  • Ini Kamoze's name means "Mountain of the true God." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2
  • After some success as a reggae artist with Sly & Robbie on Island Records, Kamoze's career had hit rock bottom by the early 1990s. He began crafting this song as a comeback late 1992 and he realized it would fare better in a non-reggae format. He turned to producer Salaam Remi for help. Kamoze recalled to Mojo magazine February 2009: "Salaam Remi's parents are from Barbados, but he was just into hip-hop and was working with the Fugees. I wanted to set the lyrics to a beat that would be played on mainstream radio, as I was always wondering, why is Ini Kamoze not being played behind Michael Jackson or Madonna? It was a serious effort to do something different, but the song was written about three years before it came out, because we couldn't get record companies to buy into the idea."
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  • Bertrand from Paris, FranceSelected to play a key role on the soundtrack for Robert Altman's exploration of the fashion world in the movie [i] Pret-a-Porter [i], "Here Comes the Hotstepper" brought dancehall, a sug-genre of reggae, into the mainstream. It remains one of the most catchy songs of the mid-1990's. "Hotstepper" is a Jamaican term for a man on the run from the law.
  • Sum Sum from New Delhi, IndiaIni Kamoze Ini Kamoze was born October 9th 1957 at Port Maria in the parish of St.
    .The title track of Here Comes the Hotstepper was Ini Kamoze's big pop crossover
    hit. People came to know him from this song.
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