NIGGER KOJAK – DIFFERENT STYLE

Nigger Kojak different style

A: Nigger Kojak – Different Style

B: Nigger Kojak – Christmas Style

 

The bald and lollypop rocking Nigger Kojak hit big with his toast over the Dennis Brown smash “Ain’t that loving you” in 1979, but was already well on his way to stardom a year before. Kojak was among the first to chat real dancehall lyrics in the style which was to become popular in the ’80’s, and this 7 inch here is a good example of that. Kojak toasts about nagging girls, ugly-as-Yogi-bear -girls and informer girls while namechecking other mic men in the process, like Yellowman and King Kong (who apparently recorded 6 tunes for Errol Thompson which were never released). In short, the entertaining story is about everyone pulling tricks, but you can’t pop no style ‘pon Kojak. He’s different and can’t be fooled.  Serious boasting and a warning to take heed on the “I’m still in love” riddim (aka Three piece suit or Uptown Top Ranking), and though not the strongest take on that untouchable riddim, this seven inch still makes for a top draw in a dance.

The woman in the intro might very well be Liza, with whom Kojak teamed up to become a very popular duo. Or maybe I should write “trio”, because the character of Liza was actually performed by two women: either Beverly Brown or Jacqueline Boland took up vocal duties as Liza.

‘Christmas Style’ is, you guessed it, the end of the year version and although it’s a funny gimmick, it’s really only fun near and about the end of december. That said, this still makes a better christmas tune than 99% of the crap out there. Including the many christmas tunes recorded at Joe Gibbs.

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Label: Joe Gibbs Record Globe (ja)
Matrix: DSR 7412 A / 7413 B
Release date: 1978
Riddim: I’m Still in love (Alton Ellis)

(originally posted on 02-01-11)

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