Sister Nancy responds to being sampled by JAY-Z and Kanye West

“JAY-Z is just a man, same as you. He’s no different.”

March 14, 2018
Sister Nancy responds to being sampled by JAY-Z and Kanye West Jay-Z and Kanye West perform during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City.   Jamie McCarthy/Getty

Sister Nancy, the dancehall pioneer, has talked about the spotlight shined on her by both JAY-Z and Kanye West sampling her music in recent years.

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Her 1982 song "Bam Bam" was picked up by Kanye for his Life Of Pablo single "Famous." JAY-Z followed suit and used the song on his 4:44 track “Bam” featuring Damian Marley. The track has been sampled over 80 times since its initial release.

Speaking to NME about her renewed influence, Nancy said: “When I heard [Kanye] do it I just thought, well, that’s good for me." As for JAY-Z, “It’s a blessing,” she added.

JAY-Z recently traveled to Jamaica to shoot the "Bam" video, which includes a cameo from Nancy. “I spent three days down there with him,” she said of the experience. “It was nice, but a man is just a man. JAY-Z is just a man, same as you. He’s no different.”

Earlier this week it was reported that Kanye West is in Wyoming working on new music. JAY-Z, meanwhile, has announced a worldwide tour alongside Beyoncé.

Sister Nancy responds to being sampled by JAY-Z and Kanye West