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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Here are two dream fragments I had almost a week ago, both dream fragments are from the end of both dreams.
The Open House
The first one is the most unclear and I only remember being at a nice house that was for sale, and the owner & her son were having an open house so that people could view the house.
I remember going to look at the house for some reason, even though I doubted I could afford a beautiful house like the one in the dream, and other people were there viewing the house as well.
For some reason I noticed that the owner was acting like she did not like me for some reason, but her son did not act like her and started to show me around the house & tell me about it.
He was like a fake version of C, and looked like he was only in 8th grade.
As we all looked around the house, the owner would sometimes give me a mean look or tell her son to go do something to interrupt my tour.
After a while I was about ready to leave, but somehow as I was walking out of the house I only had underwear on, somehow my clothes disappeared.
I was confused, embarrassed, and did not want the others to see me so I tried to sneak away without anyone noticing me but somehow the owner noticed me.
She came outside and started yelling at me about ruining her open house and that if I did not leave & never come back, she would call the police.
I got mad and told her that I did not do that on purpose, that I did not know where my clothes had went, and that I have tried to be nice even though she had continued to treat me badly for some unknown reason.
I did not feel like talking anymore, so I probably told her, “beep you!”, and walked off in my underwear; then I woke up. 😀
John Jr Gets Kidnapped
My second dream fragment starts off after I got kidnapped, I do not remember how or why, I just remember escaping into an abandoned house from my kidnappers.
I think I was in an automobile with the kidnappers but I saw an abandoned house, and I jumped out of the automobile to escape.
There were about 6-8 kidnappers and they all looked similar.
They wore long shirts, big long necklaces, baggy pants, hats, and other Hip Hop / Rap style clothing; they looked like annoying thug / rapper / generic BET (Black Entertainment Television) music video character wannabes or something, which was even more annoying. 😀
Some of them had guns, but I managed to run into this multi-floor house before they could get their pistols out.
The house was old and some parts had collapsed, but I kept running higher up the stairs to the top floor, and went through a window in a room to escape back outside before they could see me.
I ran through a trail that led to the S inn or whatever in D, and I went inside telling the woman at the counter that I had escaped from some kidnappers & that I needed to call 911, she told me to use the telephone across the room.
I ran over to the phone and ducked under the counter, and called 911.
I quickly told them the situation and then ran into the parking lot to hide under a car, because I felt that the kidnappers would come looking for me soon.
I was right and the kidnappers came right after I had gotten under the car, they ran into the hotel with their guns and ran upstairs to look for me.
I stayed under the car waiting for the police to get there, so I could describe the appearance of the kidnappers and show them which automobiles were theirs; but I woke up before the police got there.
Last night I only remembered most of the end of my last dream, I remember being in a fictional D-like area near the DQ by Walmart.
This D-like city was a bit bigger than the real D and had some places that do not exist in real life.
I do not remember the beginning or middle of this dream, I just remember being with some unknown people looking for something to eat, I think. (I know there is more to this dream and I think I had several dreams inspired by the TV show Moonlight, which I had watched before I went to bed.)
I think I was at DQ with an unknown woman and man, who both looked somewhat like Mick St. John and Beth from Moonlight, and we were talking; I do not remember what happening inside DQ, but I do remember walking outside with them.
Outside was a group of men wearing typical Hip Hop style clothing with long necklaces and they were walking across the street toward us, but suddenly we heard a gunshot; I am not sure exactly what happened but I think either one of the men got shot or the unknown man with us saved one of the men from getting shot by knocking him to the ground (I think this is what really happened).
I saw a man in a window with a rifle across the street in an apartment building, which was across the street behind the group of men, and the sniper then moved away from the window.
I told the group of men where the sniper was, and told them to call the police; I felt that the sniper was probably hiding and waiting to make sure that his target was dead, then if the target was dead he would clean up & leave.
The group of men were scared at first, but two of them said that they used to be in the military and that they were going to go after the sniper themselves, instead of calling the police.
The two men gave a quick inspiring speech, and while this was going on I felt that the sniper now realized that his target was still alive, so he probably was not going to leave yet; then the group of men pulled out pistols and ran across the street to attack the sniper, and the unknown man & I joined them but the unknown woman did not.
Before the sniper could prepare to aim for another shot, the group of men started shooting at his window, and then the sniper started shooting back; which made the group of men spread out and take cover.
The sniper appeared to be using an old M1 Garand rifle or something, so he seemed to just be shooting to make the group spread out, instead of actually trying to shoot anyone.
I had the feeling that the sniper was now going to leave the apartment to fight on the ground, now that the group was spread out, because he knew that the group wanted to trap him in the room; so the sniper then left the apartment and came into the parking lot with a Colt 45 caliber M1911 pistol.
It appeared that the sniper had only brought one clip for his M1 Garand and one magazine for his M1911, since he did not expect a situation like this, so I felt that it was no way he was going to defeat the entire group by himself; also the sniper looked just like the actor John Malkovich and he was showing no fear as he came outside with only a pistol against a group of about 10 or more people spread around the parking lot.
The unknown man and I were in the parking lot as well and had no guns, so we tried to sneak around the apartment to attack the sniper from behind once he ran out of bullets.
The sniper walked out in the open & started shooting at the group of men that were spread out, and the sniper somehow was fighting all the men by himself without getting shot, he seemed to be a professional killer or something.
Soon the sniper ran out of bullets and tried to run at the men to fight them hand-to-hand but they started shooting him, but the bullets did not seem to affect him that much.
The men started to panic and so I yelled for some of them to start using mêlée weapons while the others continue to use guns.
The unknown man and I were close enough to now attack the sniper from his left flank, but one of the men tried to attack him with a metal pipe or something first; the weapon did not seem to hurt him and so the sniper knocked the man about 6ft. in the air with one hit.
His great strength, the bullets not affecting him much, and the metal pipe not hurting him much; lead me to believe that he was not human and was probably a vampire. (Like I said before, I think the parts of the dream I can not remember probably had something to do with vampires)
I told everyone to keep moving and attacking, but do not let the sniper get close enough to hit you; I hoped that all the movement would keep him distracted.
I found a block of wood and I started to attack the sniper with it and I kept moving so that he could not hit me, but it was not working, so I kept a distance as he prepared to attack me; suddenly the unknown man who was with me earlier jumped from high in the air and attacked the sniper.
The unknown man jumped unnaturally high, so I know felt that he was a vampire too, but I did not think he could defeat another vampire that was a professional hitman or whatever.
Like I expected the sniper quickly knocked the unknown man across the parking lot, but then he ran into a house, now that he knew there was a vampire helping us.
The unknown man and the man who had the metal pipe earlier got up and the unknown man told us to follow him, so we followed him as he chased after the sniper.
The rest of the group did not follow us, so the three of us entered the house alone, and it looked just like my grandfather’s house inside.
The unknown man had no weapon, the other man had a steel pipe, and I had a block of wood or 2×4 (two-by-four) or whatever.
We walked into a bedroom in the middle of the house and the sniper was standing there waiting on us, and was smiling; I felt that we had fallen right into his trap, I think his plan was to try to get the unknown man away from the rest of the group so that he could kill him (since he was a vampire too and the only real threat to his plan) and then go back to fighting the group so that he could kill his target.
The bedroom was not very big, so my move-around technique would not work as well, and so my new plan was to keep at least one person attacking him at all times to prevent him from having enough time to kill any of us hopefully; and eventually I hoped that we could distract & wear him down enough to defeat him.
The unknown man tried to attack the sniper first and they both started fighting hand-to-hand, and the unknown man was losing as expected and got knocked into the wall; according to plan the man with the metal pipe started attacking the sniper but also got knocked into the wall.
Then I hit the sniper in the head with the block of wood & it broke, and he laughed & looked at me like I was stupid; he looked at me as though he was trying to say, didn’t you already try that before & it did not work, try something else stupid.
The sniper was over-confident and seemed to be just playing around with us, he could have quickly killed me & the man with the steel pipe.
I noticed that a piece of the broken block of wood on the floor could now be used as a stake, which could be used to paralyze the sniper since he was a vampire; so I tried to pick it up but the sniper knocked me into the wall.
Then the unknown man started to fight the sniper again, but this time the sniper was ready to kill him, and the unknown man was once again losing.
The unknown man got knocked to his knees and the sniper was about to break his neck or something, but I grabbed the metal pipe and started to choke the sniper; I told the man who used to have the metal pipe to use that piece of wood to stab the sniper in the heart.
I fell to the ground and tried to continue choking the sniper, but it was not working, the sniper just smiled and started to get up even though I was still choking him.
The sniper then pushed me away and the man tried to stab the sniper in the back with the piece of wood, but it did not go far enough in to reach his heart.
Then I grabbed the sniper by the arms and tried to trap him in a body lock but he was too strong, so I told the other man to grab him from the other side, and then the unknown man stabbed the sniper in the heart as we held him.
The sniper then screamed, but the scream did not sound like a human scream, it was a weird un-human scream.
The sniper’s face started to turn blue and his skin started to look reptilian / human & his teeth started to look like vampire teeth; then he fell to the ground.
We continued to hold him and I started to feel that this was a movie or not real, so I told the unknown man to push the piece of wood further in his heart to fully paralyze him, and I started to elbow & punch the sniper since he was trying to get up.
I thought that if this was a movie, that would make the scene more dramatic, but if it was real it would help make sure that the sniper really did get paralyzed.
The unknown man then started to push the piece of wood further into his heart and more of his body started to turn blue and the skin on his arms started to look reptilian/human too, and more of his body started to paralyze; soon he was fully paralyzed and we then decided to burn his body to kill him.
I still felt that this was a movie, so I was hoping that the fire would not really hurt the sniper, but if it was real I hoped that it would kill him.
We found some lighter fluid, leaves, and bed sheets; and then we set him on fire, but the fire was not very big.
We then stood outside of the room and I thought to myself that if this was a movie, that was an amazing scene, but I was not sure if it was real or not so I went to ask one of the men if this was a movie; but I woke up.