Today, Salaam Remi is the guy who flies down to St. Lucia to work with Amy Winehouse; he’s the guy who executive produced the Sex & The City soundtrack, for god’s sake. But in the early ’90s, he first made his name as the man to see if you wanted to fuse hip-hop with reggae. In fact, his work with Bobby Konders on Super Cat‘s “Ghetto Red Hot (Remix)” arguably kick-started NYC’s whole obsession with rap/dancehall fusion.

The son of studio musician and producer Van Gibbs, Remi started out playing keys on Kurtis Blow records in the mid-’80s. After stints co-producing records with Konders, Marley Marl and Funkmaster Flex, he gave The Fugees their first hit record (“Nappy Heads (Remix)”), and crossed over to the mainstream with his massive reggae-pop hit “Here Comes The Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze. In the last decade, he’s continued his mainstream success as both Nas and Amy Winehouse’s most reliable production partner—he’s produced so many records I love, I had a hard time narrowing this one down. I compiled 35 of my favorite Salaam Remi-related songs for one of this week’s Uggh…Nice Watch releases…

1. Super Cat “Ghetto Red Hot (Hip-Hop Mix)” (1992)
2. The Fugees “Ready Or Not (Salaam’s Ready For The Show Remix)” (1996)
3. Rebelz Of Authority “Blast of the Iron” (1995)
4. Patra “Banana” (1995)
5. Amy Winehouse “Stronger Than Me” (2003)
6. Nas “Made You Look” (2002)
7. Rakim “I Get Visual” (1995)
8. Changing Faces “Keep It Right There (Salaam Remi Remix)” (1994)
9. Da Bush Babees “Remember We (Salaam Remi Version)” (1995)
10. Greg Nice “Set It Off” (1995)
11. Mega Banton “Sound Boy Killing (Remix)” (1994)
12. Toni Braxton f/ Mad Cobra “You’re Makin’ Me High (Remix)” (1996)
13. Ini Kamoze “Here Comes The Hotstepper (Hertical Mix)” (1994)
14. Bad Brains “Love is the Answer” (1993)
15. The Fugees “Fu-Gee-La” (1996)
16. The Jackson 5 “ABC (Krunk-A-Delic Party Mix)” (2005)
17. Lil’ Flip f/ UGK “You’z A Trick (Remix)” (2007)
18. Ciara “Click, Flash” (2008)
19. Born Jamericans “Send My Love / Send One Your Love” (1997)
20. Biz Markie “Young Girl Bluez” (1993)
21. Kool G Rap f/ Nas “Fast Life (Norfside Remix)” (1995)
22. Funkmaster Flex f/ Nine & Tragedy “Six Million Ways To Die” (1993)
23. Shabba Ranks “Original Woman” (1993)
24. The Fugees “Nappy Heads (Remix)” (1994)
25. Zhigge “Rakin in The Dough (Uptown Bounce Mix)” (1992)
26. Black Sheep “Without A Doubt (Salaam Remi Remix)” (1994)
27. AZ & Nas “Serious” (2004)
28. Blaque “Can’t Get It Back” (2001)
29. Amy Winehouse “Tears Dry On Their Own” (2007)
30. Jamie Foxx “I Don’t Know” (2008)
31. Jazmine Sullivan “Bust Your Windows” (2008)
32. Ms. Dynamite “Dy-Na-Mi-Tee” (2002)
33. Nas “Get Down” (2002)
34. Amy Winehouse “Just Friends” (2003)
35. James Brown “40th Anniversary Medley (Mixed by Salaam Remi)” (1997)



  1. Salaam is a musical genius. Loved the chemisrty he and Nas have together. I hope that they get back together for whenever Nas comes back out with an album

  2. This list is faulty. Where is Rupee?

    • The Rupee song he did with Lil Kim was cool, but it just didn’t make the cut. I personally didn’t think it was as good/significant as other things he did. Trust me, this mix could have been 100 songs deep, easy.

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  4. I’m gonna say this list is spot-on telling the story behind Remi’s discography. I’m surprised this isn’t a ugghnicewatch double-disc! It could have been easily, starting with Amy Winehouse’s “In My Bed”.

  5. As a West Indian it’s always cool when an American appreciates the music (Reggae/Soca/Calypso) and doesn’t exploit it. I’ve always appreciated Salaam Remi because of that. I think he is the most underrated producer in the game. Everyone knows the big 5 (Dre, Swizz, Pharrell, Kanye & Timbo) but I prefer Salaam’s production to those guys.

  6. A collection this good deserves better quality sound than 128 kbps.

  7. I’m a HUGE Salaam Remi fan, but he definitely did not (not even ARGUABLY) start NYC’s obsession with ‘dancehall/rap fusion’. Just look at ‘Criminal Minded’ and most of KRS’ early work to see plenty of evidence of dancehall used in hip-hop, 5-6 years prior in one of the genres seminal albums.

    You could probably say kicked off an early 90s resurgence where dancehall cats were running over hip-hop beats instead of the other way around, though…

  8. dawn penn- night and day (salaam remi remix).

  9. Great list… only major omission I see is “Zone Out” on the God’s Son album. That beat makes me want to pistol-whip my kindergarten teacher.

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    i am down wit this man’s productions solid

  12. dj-killer fingers

    am down wit this dude

  13. Please can we get a re-up of this collection? I’m doing a small write-up of Salaam Remi on my blog and wanted to link to it.

  14. No Salaam Remi remix of Buckshot Lefonque’s No Pain No Gain? I’m not a huge fan of the original but the remix is pretty special.

  15. Thanx for another fine collection!

  16. re-up please!!!!

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