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The Mad Mad riddim was a reggae riddim devised by Alton Ellis. First recorded by Ellis in 1967, it would later be recycled in more than one hundred other songs.

The melody for 's has been sampled and imitated repeatedly since its original release in 1967. Coxsone Dodd had already released two dub cuts, "Talking Dub" and "Lusaka", plus a 1980 cut by Jennifer Lara "Hurt So Good", while Sly and Robbie's "Johnny Dollar" by Roland Burrell was also voiced by Yellowman as "Soldier Take Over".

The instantly recognizable three-note descending horn line was reinterpreted by Henry "Junjo" Lawes and eventually became known widely as the "Diseases" reggae riddim. "Diseases" is notably utilized in Yellowman's hit song ""Zungguzungguguzungguzeng"[1], which has in turn has been sampled and reinterpreted by a long list of popular hip hop artists including KRS-One, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur and Blackstar.

List of recordings

► Ranking Toyan - Pants & Blouses (Alvin Ranglin, Grimm Ben, 1982) ► Sister Nancy - Coward Of The Country (Winston Riley, Techniques, 1982) ► Early B - Get Inna De Army (Jah Thomas, Midnight Rock, 1985) ► Welton Irie - Army Life (Joseph Hoo Kim, Hitbound, 1982) ► Echo Minott - Love Problems (Joe Gibbs, Joe Gibbs, 1982) ► Tappa Zukie - Mr. Bubbler (Tappa Zukie, Stars, 1982) ► Yellowman & Fathead - Soldier Take Over (Tanka, Sly & Robbie, 1982) ► Cornell Campbell - Chatty Chatty Too Much (Tappa Zukie, Mobiliser, 1983) ► Michael Palmer - Lick Shot (George Phang, Powerhouse, 1984) ► Frankie Paul - Your Love Is Amazing (George Phang, Powerhouse, 1985) ► Lord Sassafrass - Poccomania Jump (Maurice 'Black Scorpio' Johnson, Black Scorpio, 1985) ► Tippa Irie - Is It Really Happening To Me (Chris Cracknell, UK Bubblers, 1986) ► Roland Burrell - Johnny Dollar ["Semi-Original"] (H. Laws?, ML-H, 1982) ► Lone Ranger - Skank Steady (Ernest Hoo Kim?, Hitbound, 1982) ► Alton Ellis - Mad Mad [Original] (Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd, Studio One, 1967)

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