It was released on May 11, 1993, by JMJ Records and Rush Associated Labels as the second single from Onyx’s debut album, Bacdafucup.
The song introduced slamdancing into hip-hop.
“Slam” was Onyx’s breakthrough single, making it to number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was the group’s second straight single to make it to number 1 on the Hot Rap Singles for two weeks.
The single was first certified Gold on July 7, 1993, before being certified Platinum on August 10, 1993.
According to group member Fredro Starr, the song has sold about 5 million copies.
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Slam · Onyx
Slam: The Alternatives
℗ 1993 The Island Def Jam Music Group
Released on: 1993-01-01
Producer: Chyskillz Producer: Jam Master Jay Studio Personnel, Mixer: Rich July Composer Lyricist: Jason Mizell Composer Lyricist: Kirk Jones Composer Lyricist: Tyrone Taylor Composer Lyricist: Fred Scruggs Composer Lyricist: Chylow M. Parker
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SONG: Slam (Album Version (Edited)) ARTIST: Onyx ALBUM: Slam
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Director of Photography: Jon Na Assistant Camera: Jon Wong Dept. Head Makeup and Hair: Lian Uritsky Wardrobe and Props: Nice Peter & Morgan Christensen Playback: Landon Kirksey Production Coordinator: Andy Sandoval DIT and Health & Safety Manager: Atul Singh Additional Artwork: James Parallel
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WRITERS: Bryan “Chas” Chandler, Alan Lomax, Showbiz, Eric Burdon, KRS‐One
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Chorus: Woop-woop! That’s the sound of da police! Woop-woop! That’s the sound of the beast!
Stand clear! Don man a-talk You can’t stand where I stand, you can’t walk where I walk Watch out! We run New York Police man come, we bust him out the park I know this for a fact, you don’t like how I act You claim I’m sellin’ crack But you be doin’ that I’d rather say “see ya” Cause I would never be ya Be an officer? You wicked overseer! Ya hotshot, wanna get props and be a savior First show a little respect, change your behavior Change your attitude, change your plan There could never really be justice on stolen land Are you really for peace and equality? Or when my car is hooked up, you know you wanna follow me Your laws are minimal Cause you won’t even think about lookin’ at the real criminal This has got to cease Cause we be getting hyped to the sound of da police!
Now here’s a little truth Open up your eye While you’re checking out the boom-bap, check the exercise Take the word “overseer,” like a sample Repeat it very quickly in a crew, for example Overseer, overseer, overseer, overseer Officer, officer, officer, officer Yeah, officer from overseer You need a little clarity? Check the similarity! The overseer rode around the plantation The officer is off patrolling all the nation The overseer could stop you what you’re doing The officer will pull you over just when he’s pursuing The overseer had the right to get ill And if you fought back, the overseer had the right to kill The officer has the right to arrest And if you fight back, they put a hole in your chest! They both ride horses After 400 years, I’ve got no choices The police, they have a little gun So when I’m on the streets, I walk around with a bigger one (Woop-woop!) I hear it all day Just so they can run the light and be upon their way
Check out the message in a rough stylee The real criminals are the C-O-P You check for undercover and the one PD But just a mere Black man, them want check me Them check out me car for it shine like the sun But them jealous or them vexed cause them can’t afford one Black people still slaves up til today But the Black police officer nah see it that way Him want a salary Him want it So he put on a badge and kill people for it My grandfather had to deal with the cops My great-grandfather dealt with the cops My GREAT grandfather had to deal with the cops And then my great, great, great, great… when it’s gonna stop?
SONG: Sound of da Police
WRITERS: Bryan “Chas” Chandler, Alan Lomax, Showbiz, Eric Burdon, KRS‐One
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“Protect Ya Neck” is the debut single by American hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan, released in 1992. The song is featured on the group’s debut studio album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It is produced by RZA and features eight of the original nine Wu-Tang members.
“Protect Ya Neck” was the first Wu-Tang song bringing together the original four members and four others (excluding Masta Killa, who had not yet joined). It was originally released December 14, 1992, as part of the “Protect Ya Neck”/”After the Laughter Comes Tears” single by Wu-Tang Records. When it created an underground buzz, Wu-Tang signed with Loud Records and released it on May 3, 1993, with “Method Man” on its B-side. That single sold 10,000 copies.
The album version of the song (even the ‘explicit’ versions of the album) is edited to scratch out all profanity, save for repeated use of the word nigga. On the original recording version of the song, Inspectah Deck’s verse came second, but RZA changed it to first in the order. The original beat was totally different, and all Wu-members were in a different order. RZA just said “I just need y’all voices” and Wu entered the studio the next morning and RZA arranged everything, including the karate chops. The person who rings into a radio station at the start of the song was from an interview Wu did. Wu did the interview on a radio station, WPGC in Washington, DC. Different segments of the same interview are placed at different parts of the album.