Shenseea’s new single “Run Run” which dropped last Friday has already racked up over two million views with its sample of Dennis Brown’s classic “Run Too Tuff.”
Now, shortly after its release, the producer of the Dennis Brown song is saying that permission wasn’t granted to sample the song.
Winston Holness, better known as Niney the Observer told 18 Karat Reggae that while he is honored that Shenseea sampled a song he produced, it would have been “even more honorable” if she had requested clearance for “Run Too Tuff” first.
Despite Shenseea not asking for clearance, Niney is still happy to give the go-ahead because it helps to ensure that Dennis Brown’s legacy will live on.
“I will not stand in the way of something that brings to light the incredible staying power of Dennis Brown,” he said. “So in that light, wishing Shenseea well with the song and overall career. God bless. I think Dennis Brown would be pleased. I believe he would be very supportive of a young Black woman that chose to emulate his music.”
Niney The Observer began his career as an engineer at KG records before moving into producing.
In the early 1970s, Holness became one of Jamaica’s most sought after producers, with Dennis Brown, Delroy Wilson, The Heptones, Johnny Clarke, Slim Smith, Jacob Miller, Junior Delgado and Freddie McGregor all using his services. Interestingly, Run Run was produced by Freddie’s son, Stephen McGregor.
Fans have had mixed feelings about Shenseea’s new single. While many are happy that the Jamaican princess paid tribute to Dennis Brown by sampling him, others have criticized the accompanying video saying it has demonic themes and promotes the worship of baphomet, a far cry from what the original Dennis Brown song is about.