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Salaam Remi
Birth nameSalaam Remi Gibbs
Also known as
  • Chameleon
  • Salaamremi.com
Born (1972-05-14) May 14, 1972 (age 52)
Queens, New York City, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Record producer
Years active1986–present
Websitesalaamremi.com

Salaam Remi Gibbs (born May 14, 1972)[1][2] is an American record producer. He is most known for producing material for close associates Nas, Amy Winehouse, and Jazmine Sullivan, but has also produced for other mainstream acts including Alicia Keys, Fugees, Doja Cat, Miguel, Fergie, Alessia Cara, Nelly Furtado, and Estelle, among others.[3] Gibbs is noted for his reggae-tinged (often referred to as "broken-bottle") approach to production.

With 10 Grammy Award nominations, Gibbs was awarded his first in 2022 for his production on The United States vs. Billie Holiday soundtrack (2021).

Biography[edit]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Salaam Remi Gibbs was born in Queens, New York to a Trinidadian and Barbadian father, studio musician Van Joseph Gibbs. Remi first appeared on record as the keyboard player on Kurtis Blow's 1986 release Kingdom Blow. In the late 1980s, Remi began mixing records. His first full production was in 1992, for the hip-hop group Zhigge. He worked with the Fugees and Black Sheep.

Salaam Remi has been associated with releases like Lil' Flip's "I Need Mine", Ini Kamoze's "Here Comes the Hotstepper", The Fugees' multi-platinum The Score LP, and Toni Braxton's "You're Makin' Me High". He produced 10 tracks on the 2002 UK sensation Ms. Dynamite's album titled A Little Deeper, including the hugely successful lead single "Dy-Na-Mi-Tee", which had moderate crossover success in the U.S. market.

Remi contributed tracks to Jurassic 5's 2006 LP Feedback and Nas's 2006 album Hip Hop Is Dead, and racked up production credits on Frank, the platinum debut from North London soul-jazz singer Amy Winehouse. He worked on Winehouse's followup, Back to Black, and was producing her third album that was to be released in 2011, up until her death. Remi worked with Nelly Furtado on her first Spanish language album, Mi Plan. His projects in late 2008 included working with Jazmine Sullivan, Nas, Leona Lewis and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Remi has also done film work. He worked on the soundtracks for Office Space, Zoolander, The Departed, Blood Diamond, and Sex and the City. He also scored the Mike Tyson documentary, TYSON, worked as executive music producer on After the Sunset and Rush Hour 3, and was music supervisor and composer for a 2008 TV pilot called Blue Blood. Salaam Remi was nominated for Non-Classical Producer of the Year at the 55th Grammy Awards, an award won by Dan Auerbach.

Louder Than Life[edit]

In 2013, Remi started his own label imprint, Louder Than Life, as a subsidiary of Sony Music, with two subimprints, Re Mi Fa Music and Flying Buddha Records. New York: A Love Story by Mack Wilds was the first release under Remi's label.[4] Since 2013, Remi has released multiple projects under Louder Than Life including BoxTalk with Joell Ortiz, Northside of Linden, Westside of Slauson with Terrace Martin, and Black On Purpose featuring performances by Busta Rhymes, Nas, Jennifer Hudson, Black Thought, CeeLo Green, Mumu Fresh, Doug E. Fresh, Bilal (American singer), Teedra Moses, D-Nice, Mack Wilds, Common (rapper), Case (singer), Betty Wright, James Poyser, Stephen Marley (musician), Anthony Hamilton (musician), Syleena Johnson, Super Cat, Spragga Benz, and Chronixx.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ivor Novello Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004 "Stronger Than Me" Best Contemporary Song Won

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / Work Award Result
1996 The Score Album of the Year Nominated
2007 Back to Black Album of the Year Nominated
2008 "Bust Your Windows" Best R&B Song Nominated
2009 "Lions, Tigers & Bears" Best R&B Song Nominated
2012 "Beautiful Surprise" Best R&B Song Nominated
2012 Salaam Remi Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Nominated
2013 One: In The Chamber Best Urban Contemporary Album Nominated
2017 Amy Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated
2018 "Come Through and Chill" Best R&B Song Nominated
2022 The United States vs. Billie Holiday Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Won

Production discography[edit]

Executively Produced
Year Album/Film Artist
2005 After the Sunset [Film]
2007 Rush Hour 3 [Film]
2008 Sex and the City [Film]
2008 Fearless Jazmine Sullivan
2010 Sex and the City 2 [Film]
2010 Love Me Back Jazmine Sullivan
2012 Tawk Tomahawk Hiatus Kaiyote
2014 Definitely NOW Liam Bailey
2015 Reality Show Jazmine Sullivan
2015 Choose Your Weapon Hiatus Kaiyote
Releases
Year Song/Album Title Artist
1986 "Magilla Gorilla"
from Back By Popular Demand
Kurtis Blow
1990 "Fire"
(Remix)
Aswad feat. Shabba Ranks
"Blue and UK Blak"
(Remix)
Caron Wheeler
"Let's Do It"
(Remix)
Jamalski
1991 "No Favors"; "What You're Used To"; "Feel Ya Way"
from Now, That's More Like It
Craig G
"Understanding"
(Remix)
State of Art
"Piece of My Heart"
(Remix)
Tara Kemp
"Just a Little Bit Longer"
(Remix)
Maxi Priest
"Cozmik"
(Remix)
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
1992 "Voice of da Ghetto" Fu-Schnickens
"The Heads"; "Unity"; "And the Road"; "Mack Daddy Dancehall"
Bobby Konders & Massive Sounds[5]
Bobby Konders
Zhigge[6] Zhigge
"Dead End Street"
(Remix)
Mad Cobra feat. Geto Boys
"Booty Mission"
(Remix)
Runaway Slaves
"Twice My Age"
(Remix)
Shabba Ranks
"Slow & Sexy" (Hip Hop Mix) Shabba Ranks feat. Johnny Gill
"Ghetto Red"
(Hip Hop Remix)
Supercat
"Don Da Da"
(Remix)
"The Money Grip"
(Remix)
Doug E. Fresh
"Shamrocks & Shennanigans (Boom-Sha-Lack-Boom)"
(Remix)
House of Pain
"Are You Ready"
(Remix)
Shomari
1993 "Family Affair"
Addams Family Values: Music from the Motion Picture
Shabba Ranks feat. Patra & Terri & Monica
"Young Girl Bluez"; "The Gator"
All Samples Cleared!
Biz Markie
"Can't Stop We"[7] Prince Ital Joe feat. Markie Mark
"Think (About It)"
(Hip Hop Remix)
Patra
"Worker Man"
(Remix)
"Love Is the Answer"
(Remix)
Bad Brains
"Born in the Ghetto"
(Remix)
Funky Poets
"Born Again Black Man"
(Remix)
Prince Ital Joe
"She Don't Let Nobody"
(Remix)
Red Fox
1994 "Here Comes The Hotstepper" (Heartical Mix)
Here Comes The Hotstepper
Ini Kamoze
"Greetings"; "Life of a Shorty"
Destination Brooklyn[8]
Vicious
"Just Can't Stand It"; "Remember We"
(Remix)
Ambushed[9]
Da Bush Babees
"Vocab" (Refugees Hip Hop Remix); "Nappy Heads" (Remix) Fugees
"Sixth Street"
(Remix); "No Gun Shot" (Remix)
Worl A Girl
"Hold On"
(Remix)
Brand Nubian
"Without a Doubt"
(Remix)
Black Sheep
"Sound Boy Killing"
(Remix)
Mega Banton
1995 "Original Woman"
A Mi Shabba[10]
Shabba Ranks
1,000,000 Megawatts Mega Banton
"Pull Up to the Bumper"; "Banana"; "Time Fi Wine"
Scent of Attraction[11]
Patra
"Mothers and Fathers"[12]; "Let's Get It On"
(Salaam's Radio Mix)
Shabba Ranks
"Brooklyn Movements"
Blue in the Face[13]
Da Bush Babees
"Lock It Up"; "Homicide Ride"; "Alpha and Omega"
Station Identification
Channel Live
"Hardcore Lovin"
Uncommonly Smooth[14]
Spragga Benz
"South Central"
(Remix)
Supercat
"There's Nothin' Better"
(Remix)
Doug E. Fresh
1996 "Fu-Gee-La"
The Score
Fugees
"Studda Step"
Biz Markie's Greatest Hits[15]
Biz Markie
"Lift Off"
We The People[16]
Groove Collective
"Virtual Insanity"
(Salaam Remi Remix)
Jamiroquai
"Fast Life"
(Norfside Mix)
Kool G Rap & Nas
"You're Makin Me High"
(Remix)
Toni Braxton
"Leaving"
(Remix)
Tony Rich
"Trippin"
(Remix)
Mark Morrison
1997 "Bubblegoose"
The Carnival
Wyclef Jean
"We Tryin to Stay Alive"
(Remix)
"Guantanamera"
(Remix)
"Hear My Cry"; "Stallion Ride"; "Mommy Dearest"
Hear My Cry[17]
Rayvon
"Send My Love"
Yardcore
Born Jamericans
"Touch and Play"
Touch and Play[18]
Reign
"The Sweetest Thing"
(Mahogany Mix)
Refugee Camp All Stars
feat. Lauryn Hill
1998 "Frowsey"
Ghetto Supastar
Pras
"My Love Is Your Love"
My Love Is Your Love
Whitney Houston
"Chickenhead"
Ice RIder Riddim[19]
Wyclef Jean feat. Spragga Benz
"Born to Win"
Poly Sci
John Forté
"I Cheated"; What's Clef
Cheated (To All the Girls) EP[20]
Wyclef Jean
"Feelin' You" Ali
1999 "Star"
(Remix)
Caron Wheeler
2000 "Where Fugee At"
The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book
Wyclef Jean
"Wow"
Run Cool[21]
Positive Black Soul
"I've Got a Date"
Art and Life
Beenie Man
"Love Me Now"
(Remix)
"Watch Who You Beef Wit"[22]
2000 B.C. (Before Can-I-Bus)
Canibus
"Rude Boy"; "Party's On"
The Journey
Ky-Mani Marley
"Amor"
(Remix)
Ricky Martin
2001 "Block Party"; "Let Me Live"; "True Confessions"
Eye Legacy
Lisa Lopes
"What Goes Around"
Stillmatic
Nas
"No Playaz"; "Ladies & Gents"; "Live at Jimmy's"; "Breathe"; "Coast to Coast"
Up Close and Personal
Angie Martinez feat. Lil' Mo
"Tina Colada"
Fly[23]
Dante Thomas
"Josephine"[24]
DL
"Badman Bizness"
FB Entertainment Presents: The Good Life[25]
Beenie Man
"Do da Right Thing"[26] City High
"Can We Get Up"[27]
Exhale
"See Saw"
Same High[28]
Xtatik & Machel Montano
"Souverain"
(NY Remix)
Doc Gyneco
2002 "Made You Look"; "Get Down"; "Zone Out"; "Hey Nas"; "I Can"
God's Son
Nas
"Manana"
Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities
Carlos Santana
"So Good"
Animal House
Angie Martinez
A Little Deeper Ms. Dynamite
"Shape of My Heart"
(Remix)
Sugababes feat. Sting
2003 Breathe"
Bittersweet
Blu Cantrell feat. Sean Paul
"Strawbereez"; "Can't Get It Back"
Eye Candy
Misteeq
Frank Amy Winehouse
"Whenever"
(Remix)
Sting feat. Mary J. Blige
2004 "Nazareth Savage"; "Sekou Story"; "Suicide Bounce"; "Bridging the Gap"; "War"; "You Know My Style"; "No One Else in the Room"; "Virgo"
Street's Disciple
Nas
"I Got It"; "My Lady"; "Dancing Like Makin' Love"
Kevin Lyttle
Kevin Lyttle
"1 on 1"; "Do the Damn Thing"
1 On 1[29]
Rupee
"Tempted to Touch"
(Remix)
Rupee
"Meet the Dealer"; "Point 'Em Out"; "Fighting in the Club"; "The Realist"
Self Explanatory
I-20
"Night & Day"
(Remix)
Dawn Penn
"Young at Heart"
Joss Stone
2005 "I'll Be Around"
Disturbing Tha Peace
Shareefa
2006 "Payaso"
The Underdog/El Subestimado
Tego Calderón
"Me & Mr. Jones"; "Just Friends"; "Tears Dry (on Their Own)"; "Some Unholy War"; "Addicted"
Back to Black
Amy Winehouse
"Radio"; "Get It Together"; "End Up Like This"
Feedback
Jurassic 5
"Where Are They Now"; "Who Killed It?"; "The N"; "Shine On"; "Where Y'all At?"
Hip Hop Is Dead
Nas
"Lil Daddy What's Good"
Block Music
Shawnna
"How Good Luv Feels"
Point of No Return
Shareefa
2007 "Can't Get It Back"
Blaque By Popular Demand
Blaque
"Forgiveness"
Spirit
Leona Lewis
"Good Girl"; "In This for You"
I Am
Chrisette Michele
"B Boy Baby"
Real Girl
Mutya Buena
2008 "Bust Your Windows"; "Lions, Tigers & Bears"; "Call Me Guilty"; "Live a Lie"
Fearless
Jazmine Sullivan
"I Did It for Sho"
The Point of It All
Anthony Hamilton
"I Don't Know"
Intuition
Jamie Foxx
"Trust Me"
The Reason
Lemar
"Open"
After My Time
Noel Gourdin
"Labels or Love"
The Dutchess
Fergie
"You Can't Stop Us Now"
Untitled Nas album
Nas
2009 Now I'm That Bitch Livvi Franc
"Fuerte"; "Suficiente Tiempo"
Mi Plan
Nelly Furtado
Praguenosis Salaam Remi
"Falling in Love Again"
(Salaam Mix)
Marvin Gaye
"ABC (Salaam Remi Remix)"
The Remix Suite
Michael Jackson
2010 "This Is The Way"
Shotta Culture
Spragga Benz
"All I Want Is You"
All I Want Is You
Miguel feat. J. Cole
"10 Seconds"; "Love You Long Time"; "Stuttering"
Love Me Back
Jazmine Sullivan
"Bodies"; "Love Fun"; "Old Fashioned"; "Fool for You"
The Lady Killer
CeeLo Green
"Rapture"
Sex and the City 2
Alicia Keys
"Follow Us"
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Big Boi
"Cold Shoulder"
Love.Live.Life
N-Dubz
Night Is Young; "Girlfriend in the City"
The Best of Nelly Furtado
Nelly Furtado
2011 "Back to Love"
Back To Love
Anthony Hamilton
"Don't Look Down"; "Feeling Good"
I Remember Me
Jennifer Hudson
"You Better Leave Me" Liam Bailey
Play the Guitar B.o.B
"Hater"
Go
Delilah
Lioness: Hidden Treasures Amy Winehouse
"BGTY"
Pieces of Me
Ledisi
"Kaleidoscope Dream"; "How Many Drinks?"
Kaleidoscope Dream
Miguel
2012 "Cry"
New Life
Monica
"Girl on Fire"
Girl on Fire
Alicia Keys
"A Queens Story"; "The Don"; "Nasty"; "World's an Addiction"; "Cherry Wine"; "Bye Baby"; "Black Bond"
Life Is Good
Nas
"Something"; "The Most Beautiful Thing"; "Enemy"; "End Game"; "Skylight"; "Soak It Up"
The Spirit Indestructible
Nelly Furtado
"Should Be You"; "Alone with You"
R.E.D.
Ne-Yo
"Beautiful Surprise"
Beautiful Surprise
Tamia
2013 Against Tha Wall Major Stress
"New Tattoo"
James Arthur
James Arthur
New York: A Love Story Mack Wilds
"Forgive Me"
Lip Lock
Eve
2015 "Cheerleader"
(Felix Jaehn vs. Salaam Remi Remix); "Sing It Out Loud"
(Freddy Verano Remix)
OMI
2016 "Take You Home"; "Amen"
What I'm Feelin'
Anthony Hamilton
"Louder Than Life"; "Cinco de Melli" Louder Than Life Crew
Monaco '79 The Champagne Flutes, Salaam Remi, Terri Walker
N15 Miraa May
2017 "Pineapple Skies"; "Come Through and Chill"
War & Leisure
Miguel
"Gonna Be Alright"
The Transition of Mali
Mali Music
"Don't Test Me"; "Can't Get Enough"; "Somebody Knows"; "One in the Same"
The King & I
Faith Evans
2018 "Love Conquers All" Anthony Hamilton
"Leave It Smokin'"
Passion Like Fire
Tamia
"Sunny Daze"; "Bambina"; "My Chateau"; "MouthTrumpet"
South Beach Social Club EP
Salaam Remi & Kat Dahlia
"March Thirteenth" Shila J
Streams of Thought, Vol. 2 Black Thought
2019 Grass Is Greener The Lox
"Sex High" James Fauntleroy
BoxTalk Joell Ortiz
Northside of Linden, Westside of Slauson Terrace Martin
Bodega's Way Bodega Bamz
"Back Burner" Irie Love
"You Know That I Want You" Jimmy Cozier
"40 Days & 40 Nights (PT. 2)" Stephen Marley
"Dreams, Fairytales, Fantasies"

Floor Seats

ASAP Ferg and Brent Faiyaz
"Rules"

Hot Pink

Doja Cat
"Keep Hope Alive" Wayne Wonder
"Ain't No Sunshine" Nadine Sutherland
2020 "One Time" Akon
Black On Purpose Salaam Remi
2021 "Shape Shifter" Alessia Cara

Filmography[edit]

Releases
Year Title Artist(s)
1995 "Bad Boy No Go A Jail"
Clockers
Mega Banton
1995 "Blast of Da Iron"
Clockers
Rebelz of Authority
co-prod with Calvin (Trouble) Jones
2004 After the Sunset Executively Produced by Salaam Remi
2007 "Less Than An Hour"
Rush Hour 3
Nas & CeeLo Green
2007 "L'Amour une Aventure"
Rush Hour 3
Salaam Remi & Katia Cadet
2007 "The Closer I get To You"
Rush Hour 3
Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker
2007 "Who Made The Tater Salad"
Rush Hour 3
Salaam Remi & Vincent Henry
2009 "TYSON" Scored by Salaam Remi
2011 "Love Is Your Color"
Sex and the City 2
Leona Lewis & Jennifer Hudson
2019 "Grass Is Greener"
Grass Is Greener
Salaam Remi
2021 The United States vs. Billie Holiday Executively Produced by Salaam Remi

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Salaam Remi – Profile". hotnewhiphop.com. Urbanlinx Media. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "New Music: Salaam Remi "Cup Of Tea" ft. Estelle". Ddotomen.com. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Salaam Remi Launches Louder Than Life Imprint Through Sony". billboard.com. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "Bobby Konders & Massive Sounds". Discogs. August 22, 1992. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  6. ^ "Zhigge". Spotify. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "Prince Ital Joe Featuring Marky Mark Can't Stop We". Discogs. August 22, 1993. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "Destination Brooklyn". Spotify. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ambushed". Spotify. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "A Mi Shabba". Spotify. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "Scent of Attraction". Spotify. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  12. ^ "Mothers and Fathers". AllMusic. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  13. ^ "Blue in the Face". Discogs. August 22, 1995. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  14. ^ "Uncommonly Smooth". Spotify. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Biz Markie-Studda Step". Discogs. August 22, 1996. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "We The People". Spotify. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "Rayvon – Hear My Cry". Discogs. August 22, 1997. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "Reign(4) – Touch And Play". Discogs. August 22, 1997. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  19. ^ "Ice RIdder Riddim". Spotify. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  20. ^ "Cheated (To All Girls)". Spotify. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  21. ^ "Positive Black Soul – Run Cool". Discogs. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  22. ^ "Canibus – Watch Who You Beef Wit". Discogs. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  23. ^ "Dante Thomas – Fly". Discogs. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  24. ^ "DL (5) – Josephine". Discogs. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  25. ^ "FB Entertainment Presents: The Good Life". Spotify. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  26. ^ "Do The Right Thing". Deezer. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
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  28. ^ "Xtatik – Same High". Discogs. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  29. ^ "1 On 1". Spotify. Retrieved February 12, 2019.

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