Cardi B credits reggae legend Bunny Wailer for ‘electric’ sample on new song ‘Hot Sh*t’

“It’s electric!”, the hook version of reggae icon Marcia Griffiths of the Bunny Wailer-writes electric boogie is trending on Twitter after being sampled by rapper Cardi B in her new single hot shit featuring Kanye West and Lil Durk, which was released today (July 1).

Cardi B, who wrote “I’m ELECTRIC,” on Instagram last night, told Apple Music the song was written in 2019. Bunny Wailer, real name Neville O’Riley Livingston, is credited among the songwriters -composers for hot shit and the sample appears around the 51 second mark of the song.

Former Wailer manager Maxine Stowe in a guest comment said DancehallMag that the sample has been properly disposed of. “The publisher, Tafari Music, licensed the sample and it was for minimal use of the words ‘this is electric,'” Stowe said.

The electric boogie was first recorded in 1983 by Marcia Griffiths with Bunny Wailer, who was her childhood friend as producer, arranger and background vocalist.

Stowe explained why only Bunny Wailer – who died aged 73 on March 2, 2021 – was credited for using the sample in Hot shit.

“The only time Marcia Griffiths wins is when they actually sample the record, as if they were using her version of the record that was the hit, but in this case there was no use of the record, just the writing,” she explained.

electric boogie is Bunny Wailer’s most recognized song as a songwriter and reflects his mastery of the dancehall he grew up in,” she added.

In 1989, the track was propelled by music mogul Chris Blackwell of Island Records, and later Bunny, who wrote the original song, recorded a second version as a soloist.

A year ago, Marcia Griffiths, while describing the song’s history, said it all started with a drum machine she bought in Canada, while touring with the I-Threes in the 1980s, when each of the singers received 700 Canadian dollars. dollars as performance pay.

Marcia Griffiths

Griffiths had sought to set the record straight regarding the genesis of her hit song, which she says was misrepresented as a cover version made by her, by numerous local and international outlets, including Essence. Magazine, over the years.

She explained that she bought the box for around $400 and showed it to Bunny when she returned to Jamaica, after which the Wailer “laid down one of the beats from the drum machine with the sound of the repeater from piano, took him to Portland; came back the next day with the song, and he called Sly and Robbie to overdub over what he had recorded from the drum machine”.

“I’m the original singer; he (Bunny wailer) is the songwriter and the producer – of my little drum machine. So I didn’t skip over anything that’s been done before. We did it first,” she explained.

She had also explained that she was on tour on the west coast of the United States when she received a call from a colleague who told her that the song was taking off and that a “dance had been put together” and that by the time the tour arrived in Washington, she was forced to learn the dance and perform it in her set.

“So I tried to find Bunny to say, ‘Bunny, let’s do a video right now and release the song because we both did the song originally; he did the rap… While I was looking for Bunny to do the video and couldn’t find him, when I finally got to Jamaica and saw his car, I went and told Bunny to say, ‘listen , let’s make this video, he was already making a video and already recording another version for himself,” she explained.

electric boogie became the 72-year-old’s biggest hit after Blackwell suggested she do a remix “with the Miami Sound Machine”, which went on to climb the Billboard charts and also became her most requested song.

Marcia had also credited the Electric Slide dance, created by a group from Washington, for making the song ultra-famous. She had also marveled that the song and dance survived so many other dance songs that came before and after it, including the Madison, the Bus Stop, the Cha-cha and the Macarena. , and have remained a favorite at weddings.

“There’s no place in the world I could go and play without riding an electric slide. It’s international; it’s all over the world and the song brings people together. You don’t need a partner to do this dance,” the Feel Like Jumping artist said.

But, for Marcia, she had not benefited from the song in terms of royalties, for a long time “not even a penny”. She said that after going to see Chris Blackwell and pointing out that it wasn’t fair for her not to earn anything, “they arranged for me to get an artist’s royalty”.

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