Here Comes the Hotstepper

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"Here Comes the Hotstepper"
Single by Ini Kamoze
from the album Here Comes the Hotstepper
Released August 18, 1994
Genre Dancehall, reggae fusion, breakbeat
Length 4:13
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Ini Kamoze, Chris Kenner, Kenton Nix, Salaam Remi
Producer(s) Salaam Remi
Ini Kamoze singles chronology
"Hill And Gully Ride"
(1992)
"Here Comes the Hotstepper"
(1994)
"Listen Me Tic (Woyoi)"
(1995)

"Here Comes the Hotstepper" is a song co-written and recorded by Jamaican reggae artist Ini Kamoze. To date it is Kamoze's only US number-one hit. It also made the UK Top 5, peaking at number 4.

The song was particularly popular in fashion shows of the 1990s.

Use of sampling[edit]

"Here Comes the Hotstepper" contains several samples, including vocals from "The Champ" by The Mohawks, "Hot Pants" by Bobby Byrd, and "La Di Da Di" by Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick.[1] The song's instrumental samples the drums and bass from "Heartbeat" by Taana Gardner and guitar notes from "Hung Up on My Baby" by Isaac Hayes. The song interpolates the "na na na na na..." chorus from the Cannibal & the Headhunters cover of "Land of a Thousand Dances."

In the media and cover versions[edit]

  • Played in the 1994 movie Prêt-à-Porter (called Ready to Wear in some countries).
  • Played in an episode of I Love the '90s.
  • 97.9 WNCI, a Columbus, Ohio radio station, produced a parody in the 1990s about NBC 4 weatherman Ben Gelber.[2]
  • Played in the 2005 movie Racing Stripes.
  • Theme music for wrestling tag-team Public Enemy in ECW.
  • Covered by AtomXFlow in 2004. This version peaked at number 49 in France.[3]
  • Used in the remix for the Ghostface Killah song Cherchez LaGhost
  • Used in the remix for Hoi! "Here Comes The Hoi! Steppa"
  • Used as the theme song for the Buick "Take a Look at Me Now" television advertising campaign/rebranding effort in 2009.
  • Prince Naseem Hamed, former WBO, WBC and IBF world featherweight boxing champion famously used this song for some of his ring entrances.
  • Covered by Awaken Demons in 2010.
  • Used in Olips Menthol advertisement in 2010.[4]
  • Ranked at #91 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever by Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio, who taunts, "Let's sing along! 'They call me Aaa-noyyyyying! (Word 'em up!)/I'm a one-hit wonder (thank...fully!).'"[5]
  • The cover version by The Hit Crew was used as DLC in the video game Just Dance 2 for Wii and later included in Just Dance: Summer Party.
  • The song "Qui t'a dit" (2010) by the French rap Group Sexion d'Assaut covers "Here Comes the Hotstepper" music in its chorus.
  • Covered by hip hop group StooShe in July 2011, under the title "Hot Stepper". The track also appears in the American Reunion soundtrack.
  • A German version (with different lyrics) was recorded by MC Fitti in 2012. New title was Whatsapper (the one who uses WhatsApp)
  • A remix by Yuksek is used in an Evian "babies" commercial (April 2013). It was reused in a similar commercial by Evian to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
  • Sung by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake in their History of Rap Part 5 on The Tonight Show.
  • Played in the 2014 film Neighbors.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (heartical mix)
  2. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (allaam mix)
CD maxi - Europe (1994)
  1. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (heartical mix) – 4:13
  2. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (heartipella) – 4:15
  3. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (heartimental) – 4:13
  4. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (allaam mix) – 4:36
  5. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (allamental) – 4:37
  6. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (LP version) – 4:09

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"On Bended Knee" by Boyz II Men
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
December 17, 1994 - December 24, 1994 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"On Bended Knee" by Boyz II Men
Preceded by
"George" by Headless Chickens
New Zealand RIANZ number one single (first run)
December 18, 1994 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"George" by Headless Chickens
Preceded by
"George" by Headless Chickens
New Zealand RIANZ number one single (second run)
January 15, 1995 - February 5, 1995 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tomorrow" by Silverchair
Preceded by
"Can You Feel It" by Reel 2 Real
Canadian RPM Dance chart number-one single
January 23, 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"La La La Hey Hey" by The Outhere Brothers
Preceded by
"Stay Another Day" by East 17
Danish Singles Chart number-one single
February 25, 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)" by Scatman John

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ini Kamoze's Sample-Based Music". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
  3. ^ "Here Comes the Hotstepper" by AtomXFlow, in French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 8, 2008)
  4. ^ "Olips Menthol Ad-Here Comes the Hotstepper". YouTube. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  5. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (September 11, 2010). "100 Worst Songs Ever". AOL Radio. Retrieved December 19, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ VRT Top 30 peak
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ Canadian peak
  12. ^ RPM: issue date January 23, 1995
  13. ^ Billboard 25 March 1995. Billboard. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Ini Kamoze search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ Eurochart peak
  16. ^ Finnish peak
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  19. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  20. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper". Top 40 Singles.
  21. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper". VG-lista.
  22. ^ Spanish peak
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper". Singles Top 60.
  24. ^ "Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  25. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  26. ^ a b c d Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 7, 2008)
  27. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  28. ^ 1995 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 7, 2008)
  29. ^ 1995 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved August 7, 2008)
  30. ^ "1995 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  31. ^ 1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved August 7, 2008)
  32. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  33. ^ 1995 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved August 7, 2008)
  34. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  35. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  36. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved August 7, 2008)
  37. ^ Ini Kamoze's certifications and sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "KAMOZE Ini" Infodic.fr (Retrieved August 7, 2008)
  38. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Here+Comes+the+Hotstepper')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 7, 2008. 
  39. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved August 7, 2008)

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