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Coolie Dance

Thanks to Pitbull and Nina Sky, Scatta Burrell's beat was the riddim of choice this summer

Burrell recorded almost 40 artists over the Coolie Dance riddim, and their songs have been released on two compilations, Coolie Dance (Greensleeves) and Coolie Skank (VP Records). This year, Coolie Dance shimmied into the mainstream through the summer's unofficial boogie anthem, Nina Sky's "Move Ya Body" (which doesn't appear on either compilation) that peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.

Reflecting on his enormous success, an understandably proud and somewhat overwhelmed Burrell reveals another personality trait. "When something great happens, I like to know that there is something snapping at my heels," he confides. "If that's not happening, I would stay at home wondering what to do next. When I hear a bad riddim I need to do something badder than that! It's the competitiveness that keeps me going."

Though few know his name, Scatta Burrell dominated the pop charts with his Coolie Dance riddim
Marlon Ajamu Myrie
Though few know his name, Scatta Burrell dominated the pop charts with his Coolie Dance riddim

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