Slam (Onyx song)

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"Slam"
Slam Onyx.jpg
Single by Onyx
from the album Bacdafucup
B-side "Da Nex Niguz"
Released May 11, 1993
Format Vinyl, Cassette, CD
Recorded 1992
Genre Hardcore hip hop
Length 3:38
Label Def Jam
Writer(s) Kirk Jones, Jason Mizell, Chylow Parker, Fred Scruggs, Tyrone Taylor
Producer(s) Chyskillz, Jam-Master Jay
Onyx chronology
"Throw Ya Gunz"
(1992)
"Slam"
(1993)
"Shiftee"
(1993)
Alternative cover
Slam: The Alternatives

"Slam" is the second single released from Onyx's debut album, Bacdafucup. Released on May 11, 1993, "Slam" was Onyx's breakthrough single, making it to number 4 on the US Billboard 100 and was the group's second straight single to make it to number 1 on the Rap charts.

The main chant of the song's chorus is a variation of the vocal and organ intro to the much-sampled instrumental "The Champ" by The Mohawks, and is also noted for its heavy use of Christmas bells that were a staple of many hip-hop and R&B songs at the time of its release.

The official remix, entitled "Slam (Bionyx remix)" was a collaboration with heavy metal band, Biohazard. It was first released on a maxi-single entitled Slam: The Alternatives and later appeared on Biohazard's Tales from the B-Side. Music videos for both the original and the Bionyx remix were released

The single was first certified gold on July 7, 1993, before being certified platinum on August 10, 1993.[1] It sold over 900,000 copies.[2]

The song has been used in movies such as How High and TV shows such as The Cleveland Show and Tosh.0 as well as numerous commercials, including SoBe and Gatorade. It's also been used as one of Professional Wrestling tag team Public Enemy's theme during their ECW stint

Track listing[edit]

A-Side[edit]

  1. "Slam"- 3:36
  2. "Slam" (Instrumental)- 3:36

B-Side[edit]

  1. "Da Nex Niguz"- 4:05
  2. "Da Nex Niguz" (Instrumental)- 4:05

Slam: The Alternatives[edit]

  1. "Slam" (Bionyx remix) - 3:41
  2. "Slam" (Industrial Strength Remix) - 3:35
  3. "Slam" (LP Version) - 3:39
  4. "Slam" (Nuclear Waste Industrial Mix) - 3:35
  5. "Slam" (Glow In The Dark Frustration Mix) - 3:27

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Billboard Hot 100 4
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 11
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1
Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 9

Year-End charts[edit]

End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 37

Reference in pop culture[edit]

The song and group is referenced in the song "I'm A Swing-It" by House of Pain.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American certifications – Onyx – Slam". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  2. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2011-03-29. 

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