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Girls Dem Sugar

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Released  September 14, 2000
Recorded  1999
Length  4:17
Format  Vinyl, CD Single
Genre  Reggae fusion
Label  Virgin

Girls Dem Sugar is a reggae fusion song by Jamaican deejay Beenie Man and features singer-songwriter Mýa. The track was produced by The Neptunes for Davis' 2000 studio album Art and Life and was inspired and conceptualized from his 1997 Jamaican hit single "Who Am I (Sim Simma)". "Girls Dem Sugar" was written by Beenie Man, Chad Hugo, and Pharrell Williams.


"Girls Dem Sugar" was released September 14, 2000 in the United States as the second single from Davis 2000 studio album Art and Life. The single achieved minor successes on Billboards Hot 100 chart; peaking at #54 and #16 on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single was a success internationally; it peaked at #13 in the United Kingdom.


  • AllMusic gave the song a positive review:
  • The 1997 original, entitled "Who Am I (Sim Simma)", was a Jamaican smash, which crossed over into American markets extremely well reaching peaks of #6 on the US Billboard Hot Rap Singles charts and #15 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop singles charts. It was a simmering dancehall hit that confirmed the nickname that Beenie Man's father had given the DJ as a child, what with the young boy's winning ways with the little ladies. Years have passed, but Beenie's charms have only grown, and on "Girls Dem Sugar", they flower fully.

    However, it took the help of The Neptunes and featured artist Mýa to add a new sound and style for international crowds.The song quickly became a smash hit at urban dance clubs and urban radio in the U.S

    This version is notably different from the original, with the production team creating a stuttering rhythm, shot through with old school scratching, whilst simultaneously conjuring up a rich and romantic atmosphere, fed by Mýa's sweet, sultry vocals. The song quickly became a smash hit on urban radio and in urban dance clubs. It is considered somewhat of a classic dancehall song because of its crossover appeal and its ability to get partygoers on the dancefloor.

    Track listing

    U.S. 12" Single & Vinyl Single
    A1 Girls Dem Sugar (Radio Edit) – 3:57 A2 Girls Dem Sugar (Album Version) – 4:17 A3 Girls Dem Sugar (Instrumental) – 4:18 B1 Ola – 4:05 B2 Ola (Instrumental) – 4:05
    UK 12" Single & Vinyl Single
    A1 Girls Dem Sugar (Architechs Main Mix) A2 Girls Dem Sugar (Architechs Instrumental) B1 Girls Dem Sugar (Colin Emanuel Extended Mix) B2 Girls Dem Sugar
    Jamaica 7" Single & Vinyl Single
    A Girls Dem Sugar B Girls Dem Sugar Instrumental


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