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Iconic dancehall artist Sister Nancy gave an incredible interview to NME to discuss her remarkable career. Among the topics she speaks on is the recent ubiquity of her legendary track “Bam Bam,” sampled by both Kanye West and JAY-Z in the past two years (on The Life of Pablo‘s “Famous” and 4:44‘s “Bam” respectively). “It’s a blessing,” she says of the newfound attention.

She goes on to describe her initial listening of Kanye’s “Famous”: “It’s not the first time I’ve heard someone sample ‘Bam Bam.’ When I heard him do it I just thought: ‘Well, that’s good for me.’ Whatever way he takes it, it’s very good for me because it keeps me moving. Do you know what I’m saying? It keeps me working.”

Regarding Sister Nancy’s work with JAY-Z – who recruited her for his “Bam” music video along with Damian Marley – she says that “I spent three days down there with him. It was nice, but a man is just a man. JAY-Z is just a man, same as you. He’s no different.”

Read the full interview over on NME and revisit the original, 1982 version of Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” below.

In other music news, Kanye West seems to be working on new music. Get the scoop on that here.

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Words by Jake Boyer
Music Editor
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