Matt Diehl
November 28, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Roxanne '97 (Puff Daddy Remix)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
A&M
genre
Singles

We gave it a B+

Only hitmaker Sean ”Puffy” Combs could pull off merging the Police’s melancholy ’79 hit with UTFO’s hip-hop chestnut ”Roxanne, Roxanne.” Other than the awkward cameo rap from the Fugees’ Pras, the update works surprisingly well: Sting’s distinctive wail fits perfectly with Puffy’s thumping break beats. Then again, listening to the original reggae-tinged ”Roxanne” it becomes clear the Police were all about laying pop hooks over serious rhythm, anyway. B+

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