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"Zungguzungguguzungguzeng" is a musical composition sung by Yellowman and released in 1982. It is based on the Mad Mad riddim. The melody for 's has been sampled and imitated repeatedly since its original release in 1967. Coxsone Dodd had already released two dub cuts, "Talking Dub" and "Lusaka", plus a 1980 cut by Jennifer Lara "Hurt So Good", while Sly and Robbie's "Johnny Dollar" by Roland Burrell was also voiced by Yellowman as "Soldier Take Over".

By 1985, the tune had been used by artists like Super Cat, Sublime, and Ranking Toyan. The use of it in BDP's "Remix for P is Free" in 1987 brought the melody to the (at least more) public eye, setting it up to be used quite frequently in more Hip Hop and Rap oriented settings. The "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng" melody went on to be used by artists such as Junior M.A.F.I.A., 2pac, Dead Prez, and even Christian rock band P.O.D.

Timeline:

  • Yellowman, "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng" (see also, Live at Aces version, w/ Fathead)(1982)
  • Sister Nancy, "Coward of the Country"(1982)
  • Frankie Paul, "Alesha"(1984)
  • Toyan, "Hot Bubble Gum"(1984)
  • Super Cat, "Boops"(1985)
  • BDP, "Remix For P Is Free"(1987)
  • Sublime, "Greatest hits"(1987)
  • BDP, "Tcha Tcha"(1988)
  • Nice & Smooth, "Nice & Smooth"(1989)
  • Nice & Smooth, "Dope on a Rope"(1989)
  • K7, "Zunga Zeng"(1993)
  • KRS-One, "P Is Still Free"(1993)
  • Buju Banton, "Big It Up"(1993)
  • Ninjaman, "Funeral Again"(1994)
  • Bounty Killer, "Kill Or Be Killed"(1994)
  • Buju Banton, "Man a Look Yu"(1995)
  • Junior M.A.F.I.A. (feat. Biggie Smalls), "Player's Anthem"(1995)
  • 2pac, "Hit 'Em Up"(1996)
  • Black Star, "Definition"(1998)
  • Mr. Notty, "Sentencia de Muerte"(1998)
  • Dead Prez, "It's Bigger than Hip-Hop"(2000)
  • Nejo, track 14 (DJ Joe's Fatal Fantassy 1)(2001)
  • Joe Budden, "Pump It Up"(2003)
  • Jin, "Learn Chinese"(2004)
  • Vybz Kartel, "Tight Pussy Gyal"(2004)
  • DJ /rupture (Filastine + dead prez), "Judas Goat" + "It's Bigger than Hip-Hop (acapella)"(2005)
  • POD, featuring Matisyahu, "Roots in Stereo"(2006)
  • White Rappers, "One Night Stand"(2007)
  • Tego Calderon, Bonsai




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