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"Get Busy" is a dancehall single by Jamaican dancehall reggae toaster Sean Paul, from his album Dutty Rock. The song was one of the many hits from the jumpy handclap riddim known as the Diwali Riddim, produced by then-newcomer Steven "Lenky" Marsden, and was the only song that never made the "Diwali" rhythm album on Greensleeves Records as it was more than likely a late entry.

"Get Busy"
Get Busy (Sean Paul single - cover art).jpg
Single by Sean Paul
from the album Dutty Rock
B-side"Gimme the Light"
Released4 March 2003 (2003-03-04)
Format
Recorded2002
Genre
Length3:32
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Sean Paul Henriques
  • Steven "Lenky" Marsden
Producer(s)Steven "Lenky" Marsden
Sean Paul singles chronology
"Make It Clap"
(2003)
"Get Busy"
(2003)
"Like Glue"
(2003)

Paul described it as "...mainly a party song. It's not all about smoking weed." "Get Busy" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from 10 May 2003, preceded by "In da Club" by 50 Cent and replaced by "21 Questions" by 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg. It was performed live on Saturday Night Live in May 2003.

CompositionEdit

"Get Busy" is written in the key of F minor in common time with a tempo of 100 beats per minute. The song follows a chord progression of Fm−A–G–G.[1]

RemixEdit

The official remix, "Get Busy (Clap Your Hands Now Remix)", features rapper Fatman Scoop and The Crooklyn Clan, the remix uses the instrumental of Sean Paul's previous single,"Gimme the Light", on the near end of the song.

Music videoEdit

The video for "Get Busy" (directed by Little X) was shot in Woodbridge, Ontario, and released in February 2003. The video was also nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Dance Video and Best New Artist in 2003. At the end of the video Paul's brother Jason introduces a song, noting it as a brand new single, and Paul then sings part of "Like Glue". Kardinal Offishall makes a cameo appearance in the video.

In popular cultureEdit

The song was used in the DANCE! Online online game, and in the game Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2. The song's remix was played in the club scene of the 2003 film Grind. The song also briefly appeared in the season two episode of The Wire, Hot Shots. The song was used in DJ Hero 2. The song was featured in a scene from the 2004 film Chasing Liberty. An acoustic version of the song appeared on season 2 of The Office. The song was also played in a dance scene in the film Baby Mama. The song also featured in a scene in the season two episode of Bad Education.

It was used in the first trailer for the 2015 DreamWorks film Home.

Track listingsEdit

CD single
  1. "Get Busy" – 3:32
  2. "Get Busy" (Diwali Riddim instrumental) – 3:20
CD maxi - Europe
  1. "Get Busy" (album version) – 3:32
  2. "Get Busy" (Diwali Riddim instrumental) – 3:20
  3. "Gimme the Light" (2Step Moabit Relick remix) – 5:53
  4. "Gimme the Light" (Nappy Doggout remix) – 3:50
CD maxi - U.S.
  1. "Get Busy" (album version) – 3:31
  2. "Get Busy" (instrumental) – 3:20
  3. "Get Busy" (a cappella) – 3:43
  4. "Get Busy" (video) – 4:27
12" maxi - UK
  1. "Get Busy" (album version) – 3:31
  2. "Get Busy" (instrumental) – 3:20
  3. "Get Busy" (a cappella) – 3:43
12" maxi - Germany
  1. "Get Busy" (album version) – 3:31
  2. "Get Busy" (Diwali Riddim instrumental) – 3:20
  3. "Gimme the Light" (2Step Moabit Relick remix) – 3:53
  4. "Gimme the Light" (2Step Moabit Relick instrumental) – 3:53
  5. "Like Glue" (album version) – 3:53
  6. "Like Glue" (instrumental) – 4:01

PersonnelEdit

  • Written by Steven Marsden and Sean Paul Henriques
  • Mastered by Paul Shields
  • Executive producers: Christopher Chin, Jeremy Harding, Murray Elias, and Sean Paul Henriques
  • Produced by Steven "Lenky" Marsden
  • Photography by William Richards
  • Artwork by Floodzone Design

Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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