Get Busy

Album: Dutty Rock (2003)
Charted: 4 1

Songfacts®:

  • The world needs a manic dance-hall single every now and then, and in 2003 it was Sean Paul's turn to provide one. Not only was this his highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 hit solo (he also had a #1 with Beyoncé), but "Get Busy" charted in the Top-10 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland. It is the definitive worldwide dance hit.
  • There's also a remix version, "Get Busy (Clap Your Hands Now)," which features guest-rappers Fatman Scoop and The Crooklyn Clan.
  • The style of this song is properly known as "Diwali Riddim." Now, the term "riddim" is actually the Jamaican pronunciation of the English word "rhythm," but in Jamaican music this means specifically the instrumental accompaniment to a vocal, usually a rap. Riddims are the primary musical building blocks of Jamaican popular songs. "Diwali," then, is one of these riddims, created by Lenky Marsden.
  • Sean Paul performed "Get Busy" on the TV variety series Saturday Night Live in 2003. It's also appeared in episodes of TV series such as The Wire, in the 2003 film Grind, and even a commercial for Carl's Jr. restaurants. In 2006, it was featured on The Office episode "Booze Cruise." Michael Scott tries to get a dance party going as the boat's band plays the tune.

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