Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Rockstar Entertainment
Bad Boys
7" Single
February 6, 2009

Artist & tune

  • Elly Ess feat. Vybz Kartel & Jim Jones - Bad Boys / Elly Ess feat. Vybz Kartel & Jim Jones - Bad Boys (Clean Version) / Supa Shane and Elly-Ess - Bad Boys (Instrumental)
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
Rock Star Entertainment's monstrous dark hardcore gangsta themed dancehall production 'Gangsta Gangsta' put the Hoosong brothers (from New Jersey, USA) a.k.a. Supa Shane and Elly Ess, who also produced Rock Star's 'Onward'-riddim, firmly on the map as producers. Elly Ess not only produced the 'Gangsta Gangsta'-riddim together with his brother but he also voiced the impressive "Nuh Inna Dat" over it and then returned as performing artist with the single "Bad Boys", followed by "Shoo Fly (Don't Bother Me)" with its cross-over hip hop vibe and the heavy electo-dance influenced "I'm So Wavy".

But as already announced upon the release of the first "Bad Boys" single, tunes with big Jamaican dancehall artists upon the riddim and on remixes were to be expected. In case you wonder, Lester Hoosong a.k.a. Elly Ess indeed rode the riddim of and samples snatches from Inner Circle's "Bad Boys" from their 1987 album "One Way" - the tune that was made popular by the television program "Cops", where it was played during the opening title sequence, with its instrumental playing during the closing credits - eventually going gold when released as a single in 1993. The Inner Circle tune remained popular throughout the 90s as it was also used for the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence action comedy "Bad Boys" and its sequel "Bad Boys 2".

And now Elly Ess' rockstone deejay vocals are accompanied by one of dancehall's greatest lyricists and renown bad boys Vybz Kartel and hip hop artist Jim Jones and this combination works out very fine with the sample of the world-famous Inner Circle chorus. And that sample in combination with the three DJ's gangsta lyrics and their flow lends the tune an undeniable 'Welcome To Jamrock' crossover-appeal, strengthened by Sagittarius Band founder Derrick Barnett's mighty live played bassline that sounds like the icing on the cake on this great relick. These two great voicings together with the magnificent "Bad Boys (Instrumental)" version makes me only hoping more for a full selection that will guaranteed find its way to soundsystem selectors and 7" buyers.