Michael Rose

Badder Than You

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Michael Rose proves himself the baddest of the bad on this sizzling track from his self-titled album. And just to drive home the point, the song appears twice on the record. The original mix, overseen by producer Niney Holness, is dancehall at its sweetest.

Mafia &Fluxy lay down the insistent rhythm, that's fleshed out by layers of keyboards. Rose delivers up the boastful lyrics, while backing singers Pam Hall, Derrick Lara, and Junior Moore handle the bragging chorus. The melody is so infectious, the chorus so hook-laden it's hard not to sing along. The "Sly Ruff Mix," in contrast, boasts Sly &Robbie's fatter rhythms and Paul "Wrongmove" Crossdale's even more sumptuous and mocking keyboard lines. Lynford "Fatta" Marshall, who mixed down this version, creates a fuller sound, but there's a tinge of tongue-in-cheek about it all that wasn't found in the original. In either mix it was the ultimate challenge to contemporary dancehall heroes.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Michael Rose 1995 Heartbeat Select / Heartbeat 3:48
Reggae, Pt. 2 2000
Various Artists
Sonodisc 3:47