Sister Nancy & Legal Shot
Sister Nancy, born Ophlin Russell, began her career as a dancehall DJ and singer in Jamaica in the 80’s, a time when female artists in the scene were scarce. She is the sister of the world famous DJ Brigadier Jerry. Russell was nearly always the only woman working in the reggae and dancehall circles she moved in. She is cited as the first female reggae artist to tour internationally, and her songs frequently make reference to her pioneering status. She has a song called: “Only Woman DJ With Degree,” and she is internationally famous because of her hit “Bam Bam”.
Sista Nancy never achieved the kind of crossover household recognition of artists such as Bob Marley or Peter Tosh, but “Bam Bam” slowly and surely wriggled its way into the popular consciousness and just get elected as the best dancehall song ever. “Bam Bam” has been sampled too many times to count, including by Kanye West on “Famous”. Sister Nancy still performs live regularly after she finally resigned from a bank career in New Jersey. Her anthem can be teased in any genre, at any party, and the reaction will be the same: pulll uppp!