Sister Nancy, singer of Bam Bam which has been sampled many times by the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z, didnt get any royalties from her record up until 2014. She was working in a bank in New York and decided to take the record label to court. She now gets 50%.

Sister Nancy Said it Took 34 Years For Her to Get Royalties From “Bam Bam”

Sister Nancy’s iconic song “Bam Bam” has been sampled over 80 times. Most recently, Kanye West used it on “Famous” and JAY-Z sampled it on “BAM.”

Thirty-five years after releasing her classic debut album, One, Two, Sister Nancy is having a moment again.

It started in 2016 when Kanye West sampled her iconic song “Bam Bam” on the Rihanna-featured “Famous.” It continued last summer when JAY-Z sampled the same track on his Damian Marley-featured single “BAM.”.

NME recently sat down with Sister Nancy to talk about the song’s impact. She revealed a number of interesting tidbits. One was the fact that Nancy had a poor contract and didn’t receive royalties from One, Two — the album that featured “Bam Bam” — for years. In fact, there was… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

13 thoughts on “Sister Nancy, singer of Bam Bam which has been sampled many times by the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z, didnt get any royalties from her record up until 2014. She was working in a bank in New York and decided to take the record label to court. She now gets 50%.”

  1. Almighty_One

    Record labels: “We have to charge high prices to support the artists”.

    Also record labels: Don’t pay the artists.

  2. Churonna

    When a company doesn’t pay royalties to a known creator they should have to pay double, plus interest for as long as they draw it out in court

  3. 107Percenter

    Reminds me of a lesson from her song One Two

    “She knew not to borrow

    She knew not to lend

    Cause everything I borrow I give it back tomorrow

    And everything I lend I’ll never get it back again”

  4. RadBadTad

    Her song is used really well in The Interview! I loved it!

  5. 1900grs

    Well you need [to link to the song](https://youtu.be/qXnT3LFTc-s) because it’s great. I don’t know if Massive Attack ever sampled her, but they were clearly strongly inspired.

  6. supremedalek925

    Music industry: Tries to sample other people’s work and not pay royalties

    Also the music industry: wants people to pay them royalties if half a second of a song accidentally ends up in their video

  7. mjd1977

    Shoot! The melody/cadence definitely inspired Lost Ones from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998!

    Maybe not mentioned because it wasn’t a straight up sample?

  8. Wrekkanize

    Did she get payment for all of the years she didn’t get paid as well? Or are they just starting her at 50% now?

  9. stevo3001

    She’s one in three million

  10. Noveetus

    Beat track on the original Skate video game

  11. OGnarl

    I wonder how her financial situation was before this.
    I can imagine those royalties are worth enough to live a comfortable life for you and your great grandkids.

  12. SirAngusMcBeef

    She was at Shambala last year and fucking killed it. Good on her.

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