Active since the mid-'80s, Salaam Remi is a low-profile but crucial figure in the evolution of rap and R&B. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and label executive, his first session was for Kurtis Blow's 1986 album Kingdom Blow. His first crossover hit came in 1994 with Ini Kamoze's number one hit "Here Comes the Hotstepper." Through the 2010s, he had success with the Fugees, Nas, Amy Winehouse, and Alicia Keys, among many others. His work has been acknowledged with Grammy nominations -- including one for his first official solo release, 2013's One: In the Chamber -- yet his diverse abilities have gone severely under-recognized. ~ Andy Kellman
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