Roll It Gal

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"Roll It Gal"
Single by Alison Hinds
from the album Soca Queen
Released 2005 (Barbados)
3 September 2007 (UK)
Format Digital download, CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2005 (Slam City Recording Studios, Barbados)
Genre Calypso, R&B
Length 3:58
Label RCG, Black Coral, 1720 Entertainment
Writer(s) Shelton Benjamin, Shontelle Layne
Producer(s) Shelshok

"Roll It Gal" (otherwise known as "Roll It") is a song written by Shontelle Layne and Sheldon Benjamin, containing a sample of Benjamin's "Big Love". The song was originally recorded by soca singer Alison Hinds and was taken from her debut album Soca Queen. The single was released by Hinds in 2005 in Barbados and in the United Kingdom in 2007. A music video was produced for Hinds' version of the song in 2005.[1] The Hinds version of "Roll It Gal" shot to the top of the charts in Barbados, Trinidad and throughout the Caribbean.[2]

In 2007 a reworked cover of the song entitled 'Roll It' was released in several European countries. This version was performed by J-Status and featured Shontelle, who assisted in writing both versions of the song, and Rihanna.

Original version[edit]

Track listings[edit]

UK CD Single
  1. "Roll It Gal" (original/main mix - radio edit) - 3:35
  2. "Roll It Gal" (Rishi Rich mix) - 3:29
  3. "Roll It Gal" (Machel Montano mix)
  4. "Roll It Gal" (Sunland mix)
  5. "Roll It Gal" (video)
UK 7" Vinyl
  1. "Roll It Gal" (original/main mix - radio edit)
  2. "Roll It Gal" (Rishi Rich mix)
  3. "Roll It Gal" (Sunland mix)
Download remix EP
  1. "Roll It Gal" (album version) - 3:58
  2. "Roll It Gal" (featuring Machel Montano) - 5:08
  3. "Roll It Gal" (featuring Doug E Fresh) - 4:50
  4. "Roll It Gal" (Disco Ball remix) - 5:10
  5. "Roll It Gal" (Reggaeton remix) - 3:50
  6. "Roll It Gal" (Rishi Rich mix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007–2008)[3] Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 135
"Roll It"
Single by J-Status featuring Rihanna and Shontelle
from the album The Beginning
Released 18 March 2007
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2006 (2 Hard Studios, Kingston, Jamaica)
Genre Reggae fusion, R&B
Length 3:58
Label SRP Recordings
Writer(s) Sheldon Benjamin and Shontelle Layne
Producer(s) Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken
J-Status singles chronology
"Roll It"
(2007)
Rihanna chronology
"Break It Off"
(2007)
"Roll It"
(2007)
"Umbrella"
(2007)
Shontelle chronology
"Roll It"
(2007)
"T-Shirt"
(2008)

J-Status version[edit]

Shontelle and Sheldon Benjamin, the composers of "Roll It Gal" re-wrote and re-produced the song for the band J-Status, changing the lyrics from being about female empowerment to more sexual lyrics, re-titling the song to "Roll It". The J-Status version is taken from their debut album The Beginning, released in several European countries only. The J-Status version is performed with Rihanna and Shontelle herself.

Track listing[edit]

CD
  1. "Roll It" (featuring Rihanna & Shontelle) (radio version) - 3:32
  2. "Roll It" (featuring Rihanna & Shontelle) (main version) - 3:58
  3. "Roll It" (instrumental) - 3:23
  4. "Roll It" (featuring Rihanna & Shontelle) (Reggaeton Gemstar version) - 4:10
  5. "Roll It" (featuring Rihanna & Shontelle) (Sunset Strippers remix) - 7:42
  6. "Roll It" (featuring Rihanna & Shontelle) (video)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007–2008)[4] Peak
position
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 8
Germany (Media Control Charts)[6] 33
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 89
"Roll It"
Shontelle - Roll.jpg
"Roll It" cover
Song by Shontelle from the album Shontelligence
Released 2008
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Reggae fusion, Reggae, dancehall, R&B
Length 3:30
Label Motown
Writer Shontelle Layne
Producer Stargate
Shontelligence track listing
"Cold Cold Summer"
(4)
"Roll It"
(5)
"Life Is Not an Easy Road"
(6)

Shontelle version[edit]

In 2007, Shontelle finally recorded her own version of "Roll It" and it later appeared on her debut studio album Shontelligence (2008).

Shontelle's version was issued via various download sites on 14 August 2007 but was not promoted as an official single.[8] It was re-titled "Roll" for the download release but appeared as "Roll It" on her debut album. Shontelle's version of the song contains slightly different lyrics and production, closer to the Alison Hinds' recording rather than the J-Status version.

The song was used in an episode from the 5th season of Grey's Anatomy.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[9]
  1. "Roll" - 3:30

References[edit]