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"I Shot the Sheriff"
I Shot the Sheriff
Single by Warren G from the album "Take a Look Over Your Shoulder"

Released

February 10, 1997

Format

Vinyl, Cassette, CD

Recorded

1996

Genre(s)

Hip hop, West Coast hip hop

Length

4:10

Label

Def Jam Recordings

Songwriter(s)

Bob Marley, Warren Griffin

Producer(s)

Warren G

"I Shot the Sheriff" was the lead single released from Warren G's second album, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder. Warren replaced Marley's original lyrics with his own, although Clapton's version of the song is sampled and R&B singer Nancy Fletcher sings the original chorus. The song was a hit in several countries. In the US, it peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by the RIAA on 2 May 1997. It peaked at number two in the UK and at number one in New Zealand.

The official remix was produced by EPMD member Erick Sermon, it is based around EPMD's "Strictly Business", which also sampled Clapton's version of the song.

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