Roll It Gal

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"Roll It Gal"
Alison Hinds - Roll It Gal.jpg
Single by Alison Hinds
from the album Soca Queen
Released
  • 2005 (Barbados)
  • 3 September 2007 (UK)
Format
Recorded 2005 (Slam City Recording Studios, Barbados)
Genre
Length 3:58
Label
  • RCG
  • Black Coral
  • 1720 Entertainment
Songwriter(s)
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 re-worked 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 (2007–08)[3] Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 135

J-Status version[edit]

"Roll It"
J-Status Featuring Rihanna & Shontelle - Roll It.jpg
Single by J-Status featuring Rihanna and Shontelle
from the album The Beginning
Released 18 March 2007
Format
Recorded 2006 (2 Hard Studios, Kingston, Jamaica)
Genre
Length 3:58
Label SRP Recordings
Songwriter(s)
  • Benjamin
  • Layne
Producer(s)
J-Status singles chronology
"Roll It"
(2007) Roll It2007
Rihanna singles chronology
"Break It Off"
(2006) Break It Off2006
"Roll It"
(2007) Roll It2007
"Umbrella"
(2007)
Shontelle singles chronology
"Roll It"
(2007) Roll It2007
"T-Shirt"
(2008) T-Shirt2008
Umbrella2007
String Module Error: Match not found2006

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007–08)[4] Peak
position
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 8
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 33
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 89

Shontelle version[edit]

"Roll"
Shontelle - Roll.jpg
Song by Shontelle
from the album Shontelligence
Released 2008
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre
Length 3:30
Label Motown
Songwriter(s) Layne
Producer(s) StarGate
Shontelligence track listing
"Cold Cold Summer"
(4)
"Roll"
(5)
"Life Is Not an Easy Road"
(6)

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 fifth season of Grey's Anatomy.

Track listing[edit]

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

References[edit]