Here Comes the Hotstepper

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"Here Comes the Hotstepper"
Here Comes the Hotstepper by Ini Kamoze standard artwork.png
Standard artwork
Single by Ini Kamoze
from the album Here Comes the Hotstepper
ReleasedAugust 18, 1994
Genre
Length4:13
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
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 dancehall artist Ini Kamoze. It was released as the lead single from his 1995 album Here Comes the Hotstepper as well as the soundtrack to the film Prêt-à-Porter. It is best known for its "na na na na na..." chorus sampled from the Wilson Pickett song "Land of 1000 Dances".

The song was Kamoze's only song to reach the top 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking atop the chart on December 17, 1994, and remaining there for two weeks. It also became a number-one hit in Denmark, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe and a top-ten hit in thirteen other countries. John Gibbons made a remix of the song in 2018.

Usages of music 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. 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 uses the "na na na na na..." chorus from the Cannibal & the Headhunters cover of "Land of a Thousand Dances," and the verse vocal melody is reminiscent of The Beatles' "Come Together".

Chart performance[edit]

"Here Comes the Hotstepper" remains Kamoze's biggest hit to date. It went to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and on the Canadian RPM Dance chart.[1][2] In Europe, it peaked at number one in Denmark as well as on the Eurochart Hot 100.[3][4] The single climbed into the top 10 in Austria, Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.[5][6][7][8][9] In the latter nation, it peaked at number four during its third week on the UK Singles Chart, on January 15, 1995, and spent four weeks at that position, topping the UK R&B Chart in the process.[10][11] Elsewhere, "Here Comes the Hotstepper" topped the charts in New Zealand and Zimbabwe and peaked at number two in Australia.[5][12] The single was awarded with a gold record in France and Germany and a platinum record in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the US.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic noted that "the song lifts a line from "Land of 1000 Dances" and places it on an infectious dancehall beat -- it's a great single that deserved to be a huge hit."[19]

Music video[edit]

A music video was made to accompany the song. It was uploaded to YouTube in May 2014. By September 2020, the video had more than 5,3 million views.[20]

Impact and legacy[edit]

Blender listed the song at number 492 in their ranking of The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born in 2005.[21]

BuzzFeed listed it at number 46 in their list of The 101 Greatest Dance Songs Of the '90s in 2017.[22]

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 certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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