Jigga’s Track “Crown” is only the latest rap jam to rework Kalonji’s hit “Solid As A Rock”
Whether or not you bought a new Samsung phone, you’re probably listening to Magna Carta Holy Grail right now. Jay-Z’s 12th studio album leaked shortly after his exclusive app crashed, short-circuiting a multi-million-dollar promo plan. Oh well—meet the #NewRules, same as the #OldNewRules. More importantly, you may already have noticed that track #8, a song called “Crown,” opens with a long, ghostly slowed-down sample of Sizzla’s 2002 hit “Solid As A Rock,” taken from his classic Bobby Digital–produced album, Da Real Thing. The Jay-Z tune, Produced by Travi$ Scott and 16-year-old newcomer WundaGirl, has folks buzzing about Magna Carter dissing sports agent Scott Boras. But for reggae lovers, it’s all about the continuing trend of major rap releases sampling dancehall tunes. Like many top dancehall artists, Sizzla has collaborated with rap stars in the past—most notably on his duets with Foxy Brown and Dipset. But more than any other song in Sizzla’s vast catalog, “Solid As A Rock” remains his best known release in hip-hop circles. Who can’t relate to a tune whose first words are “They can’t keep a good man down”? Click through the gallery above to revisit all the various rap versions of this Sizzla classic.
Sizzla "Solid as a Rock"
The original smash hit from Sizzla’s classic 2002 album Da Real Thing, produced by Bobby Digital.
Jay-Z ft. Travi$ Scott "Crown"
Track No. 8 from Jay-Z’s 12th studio album, Magna Carter Holy Grail (2013) produced by Travi$ Scott & WundaGirl.
Sizzla "Solid As A Rock" ("The Overstanding" version)
Remember when Sizzla used to randomly turn up on Dame Dash’s reality show Ultimate Hustler? Dame also put out a Sizzla album called The Overstanding on Koch Records in 2006. In true Ultimate Hustler form, Dash opted to release a remake of “Solid As A Rock” rather than licensing the original from Bobby Digital.
Sizzla "Solid As A Rock" (Bonecrusher Remix)
Sizzla’s vocals had to be sped up a bit to fit on the beat to Bonecrusher’s “Never Scared.” Two different versions were circulated, one featuring Bonecrusher, Killer MIke, and T.I.; the other featuring Bonecrusher, Jadakiss, and Cam’Ron.
Ja Rule "My Crown"
Doing his best to bounce back from 50 Cent’s merciless onslaught on Get Rich Or Die Tryin’, Ja Rule released an album called Blood In My Eye, which took him out of his zone of melodic R&B flavord pop hits. One of the album’s stronger efforts was this Sizzla-sampling song, although by the time it was released 50 had in fact ended Rule’s rule.
50 Cent "My Crown"
On 50 Cent’s “Murder By Numbers” mixtape, Curtis clapped back at Ja Rule using the same Sizzla sample. “I’m shittin on these n###s like they knew I would,” 50 raps, reminding everybody who really held the crown at that moment.