Reggae/dancehall veteran Barrington Levy’s hit single ‘Here I Come’ was sampled pop mega pop group Black Eyed Peas.
Here I come is featured on the deluxe edition of the the platinum selling band album The Beginning, which was released late last month.
In 2000 former Bad Boy rapper Shyne sampled the song on his Bad Boyz hit single that landed on Billboard. A year later, Here I Come got another lease on life when Talisman P jumped onto the track and took his version (which also featured Levy), to number 21 on the UK pop singles chart. In 2006, international dancehall deejay Shaggy sampled the track in his chart hit Broadway.
Barrington Levy said these are not the only times the song was sampled by another big name artist, for which he is very happy.
“The song has been sampled many times in the past, its unbelievable. The Black Eyed Peas went to my publishing company to get permission to sample the song. They are happy and I am happy.”
“It’s a good look and I do hope that my fellow Jamaican artistes will do music that 20 years later, other artistes can endorse it,” Levy added.
The track was recorded in 1983, Here I Come was produced by Levy in collaboration with producer Paul ‘Jah Screw’ Love. It was released on the Time One Records label.
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