95 South was a rap group from South Florida named after the highway that runs through the area. This song was a regional hit and gained some popularity in the black community, but it was the version by Tag Team called "Whoomp! There It Is
" that became a breakout hit. Tag Team's version was released about a month later, although a check at the US Copyright Office reveals that "Whoomp" was registered in 1992 and "Whoot" in 1993. According to Tag Team's record label, Cecil Glenn from the group got the phrase from strippers in an Atlanta club where he worked.
Carlos Spencer of 95 South tells a different story: he says the group recorded the song at a record studio in Atlanta called Digital Edge using an early version of Pro-Tools. They took a tape of the song to the strip club where Cecil Glenn was the DJ, hoping he would play it in the club. Glenn loved the song, and he happened to know some people at Digital Edge. With Pro Tools, the tracks for a song remain on the computer until it is erased, and Spencer believes Glenn went into the studio with his friend Steve Gibson (the other half of Tag Team), and put their vocals over the tracks, substituting "Whoomp" for "Whoot" and "chacka lacka chacka lacka" for "lookie here lookie here" in the exact same places. The songs were built around different samples: "Whoomp!" used "I'm Ready" by the Italian Electro group Kano, and "Whoot!" sampled "Looking For The Perfect Beat" by Afrika Bambaataa.