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Ini Kamoze

For Ini Kamoze, the road to success has been arduous and he has undergone many substantial changes musically and physically since he burst onto the music scene in 1983 with his highly successful eponymous debut album for Island. Known as "The Hotstepper," Kamoze advocates change through what he calls "intelligent and constructive militancy" rather than random acts of violence.

Kamoze made his recording debut in the early '80s with a 12" single "Trouble You a Trouble Me" on Taxi and found immediate success. He then began touring as part of the Taxi Connection International Tour with Yellowman and Half Pint. During this time, Kamoze was 6' tall, reed thin and appeared too frail to contain his powerful stage presence. He followed up his first album success with Pirate, but the recording received mixed reactions and wasn't as successful. Kamoze then retaliated with several hit singles recorded on his Slekta label. One of the biggest hits from this period was "Shocking Out" which was eventually picked up by the RAS label in 1988. In 1985, Kamoze had greater success with Settle with Me, which produced such hits as "C all the Police" and "Taxi with Me." By 1988, Kamoze's successes became intermittent and his career erratic. Kamoze suddenly disappeared from the music scene. He returned with a new, more aggressive image in 1994, signing to Sony and exploded back into the charts with "Here Comes the Hotstepper." The song made its debut on the compilation reggae album Stir It Up from Columbia, and then showed up on the soundtrack of Robert Altman's feature film Pret-A-Porter. Produced by Salaam Remi, it was released as a single in 1995 and spent two weeks at the top of Billboard's Hot Singles Chart, and nearly four months appearing on various other charts. Kamoze made a video for the song and with his beefy, well-muscled physique and long dreadlocks, no longer fit the description of the liner notes on his 1983 debut album that characterized him as a "pencil thin....disentangled....six-foot vegetarian." With the success of his new single, Kamoze was now a gangster and began a series of promotional tours in LA. Kamoze refused to categorize his music and remained open to singing a variety of songs from different sources, but he took a decade long break before surfacing again. When he did, it was with Debut, a 2006 album that featured rerecordings of his early hits. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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Sista
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Lovble
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Luv this tune!
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martinanthon y 4 0 2
Sister
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Black Roses, love this beautiful song:):)
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes the worst day of your life will be tomorrow. When you are done press f6 in the comment section your lovers name will come in big letters.
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O Israel black people Hebrew when are we going back to Jerusalem Zion
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Awesome. Jamms they r koool;)
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I love his music!
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I love Bob's heart that's in all his music, it just burst's out straight to my heart....tha n k you for that, it will never die! O:-)
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you dont post this to at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes the worst day of your life will be tomorrow. When your done press f6 in the comment section, your lover's name will come in big letters. This is scary because It actually works
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Ok
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He captured the male female dynamic perfectly
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Love the beat
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Intelligent and constructive militancy
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Love musica
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Classic tune dis..
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Do not read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this you will die in two days. Now that you have started reading do not stop. Post this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when done press f6 and the name of your lover will pop Utah in big letters
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i jst wana say wuss up reggae people!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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Mike 114 wkid yrack frm INI.
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wcart405
Love it! Lilting sounds to sooth the soul
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great song
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im a pirate smokin like a pirate that is lol!!!!!!! love yalllll !!!!!!
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Op0pp
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Hee! Hee! Heeee!! :)
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HAIL JAH , the first the last the beginning and the end
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top shelf song
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love this song, especially the Ziggy marley version
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I grew up Loving this song and him
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xxx
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allen_80
Real music
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flpropertypi r a t e s
1 love as da mon give e to u!
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Rastafari !!good sound reggae music
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ggidnoggy
Love this kind of music
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Peace love and happiness
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Statement staement respect good vibes .
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Love this song so much i like it alot alot alot alot
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zinziibakwad
bless n salute
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Ini kamoze jams u no....out in the streets they call it murder on some real s**t u no.....grew up too this jams... ...BOB. M.. r.i.p....the legend....WI L M A S WEST HARBOR AREA SUR13 all day long
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these are tunes to sit down, relax, and meditate on the lyrics. just let it soak in alright rasta!
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tropicarl
Where was ini kamoze born
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Not a very accurate bio of ini komoze but a good try anyway. The LP statement came out before Pirate and his return to prominence with a pretty good ,almost Hip Hop album probably should have been noted more clearly. Oh well, peace
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This isn't a song it's a musician singer so get that s**t right just wanted to let you people know that but then again you're probably not going to be coming back to the page
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This song brings back memories!!!
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This song is awesome!! I love it!!!
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All Respect to the most I ! Blessing and Praise!
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Best song in the world i think
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