Classics: Ini Kamoze – Here Comes The Hotstepper (Columbia)
“Here comes the hotstepper, I’m the lyrical gangster…”
Although he started his career back in the early 80’s, Ini Kamoze really came to prominence in 1994. This with the release of ‘Here Comes The Hotstepper’. A cut which first appeared on the Reggae ‘Stir It Up’ compilation as a matter of fact. With its remixed version, by the likes of Salaam Remi, soon after comin’ up as a part of the OST of the Robert Altman directed film, ‘Prêt-A-Porter’.
Diggin’ a bit deeper and one may realize as to how ‘Here Comes The Hotstepper’ has come a long way. Thus finding some of its roots in Chris Kenner‘s 1962 song ‘Land Of 1,000 Dances’. Itself reprised by Fats Domino the year after. Then by Cannibal & The Headhunters in 1965. Meanwhile Wilson Pickett turned it into a #1 R&B hit back in 1966.
As for the remixed version of ‘Here Comes The Hotstepper’, it pretty much runs on the bassline and the drumbeat of Taana Gardner‘s classic ‘Heartbeat’ on West End Records. This in addition to various samples. From vocal fragments of Bobby Byrd‘s ‘Hot Pants’, but also of The Mohawks‘ memorable ‘The Champ’. Not to mention Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh‘s ‘La Di Da Di’. To guitar notes from Isaac Hayes‘ ‘Hung Up On My Baby’.