Who Am I (Sim Simma)

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"Who Am I (Sim Simma)"
Single by Beenie Man
from the album Many Moods of Moses
Released 1997
Format CD single
Genre Reggae, Dancehall
Length 3:16
Label VP, Slammin' Vinyl
Writer(s) Anthony Davis
Producer(s) Jeremy Harding, DJ NuMark
Beenie Man singles chronology
"Dancehall Queen"
(1997)
"Who Am I (Sim Simma)"
(1997)
"Tell Me"
(1998)

"Who Am I (Sim Simma)", or simply "Who Am I", is a reggae single released by dancehall artist Beenie Man in 1998. It is the second track on his album Many Moods of Moses released in 1997.

The instrumental rhythm to the song, called "Playground" (a.k.a. "Playground Riddim"), was produced by Jeremy Harding, then DJ NuMark. According to Harding, "Beenie Man had heard the riddim "Playground" on several occasions and loved it. He had even written a tune already when he arrived at the studio to voice without any prior notice. I heard a knocking one morning...and couldn't believe when I saw Beenie Man sitting outside complaining about how long they had been banging down the door. I turned on the equipment, and he went straight into the booth to record a perfect version of "Who Am I" in what seemed like one take."[1]

The track helped to introduce Beenie Man to the world as a new reggae star in the pages of Newsweek and other major media outlets. He used a portion of this song in his reggae fusion single "Girls Dem Sugar" featuring Mýa which was released in 2000.

Chart success[edit]

The song reached #10 in the UK Singles Chart and was his first top 40 hit in the UK. On the US Billboard charts, the song reached No. 6 on their Hot Rap Singles chart. On the Hot R&B singles chart, the song reached No. 15.

Pop culture references[edit]

  • The song references the lyrics of "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross.
  • Rapper Redman references "Who Am I" in "I'll Bee Dat", on his 1998 album Doc's da Name 2000, which was also released as a single. The track begins with a string of expletives, then "Sim Simma, who got the keys to my Beemer?". The lyrics are an allusion to the first line of the song's chorus, "Sim Simma, who got the keys to my Beemer?".
  • Rapper Nelly also alludes to the song's chorus in his 2000 rap single "Country Grammar (Hot Shit) with the line, "Keys to my Beemer, man, holla at Beenie Man".
  • Rapper Petey Pablo begins the first verse of his song "Raise Up" with the line, "Who am I? Petey Pab, motherfucka!", an allusion to the second line of the song's chorus, "Who am I? The girl dem sugah!"
  • Dancehall artist Sean Paul also uses Harding's "Playground Riddim" for his reggae song "Infiltrate" from his 2000 album Stage One. That same instrumental can also be heard at the beginning of the music video for his single, "Like Glue".
  • The song references Missy Elliott, on her debut single "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" in 1997 in the second verse, with the line "Beep Beep, who got the keys to the jeep?, V-rooooom".
  • UK Grime artist Sneakbo refers to the song in his Top 40 hit "Zim Zimma" in his line, "Zim Zimma I could do it like Beenie"

Charts[edit]

Charts (1997/1998) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 40
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles[2] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles[2] 6
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 10
UK Singles Chart[2] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ ">> Young Entrepreneurs". Whaddat.Com. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Art and Life > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 

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