Da Dip

Album: Controversee...That's Life...And That's the Way It Is (1997)
Charted: 15
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Songfacts®:

  • "Da Dip" is a dance, and the song explains exactly how to do it:

    I put my hand upon your hip
    When I dip you dip we dip


    In clubs, "Da Dip" could involve a lot of grinding, but the music video demonstrates a very clean version that draws on perhaps the biggest dance craze of the '90s: The Macarena.
  • This song is an excellent example of the "booty bass" (also called "Miami bass") genre. Booty bass is a hip-hop style that builds on electro-funk and adds a kick drum. 2 Live Crew developed it in the '80s, adding lyrics so nasty they were declared legally obscene. In the '90s, booty bass cleaned up a bit, with songs about dancing. Before "Da Dip," there was "Tootsee Roll" and "The Train)."
  • Not much is known about Freak Nasty. Billboard has him listed as Carlito Timmons, born in Puerto Rico, but his publishing is under the name Eric Timmons and most sources have him born in New Orleans and moving to Atlanta, which is what he proclaims in this song ("New Orleans born ATL-livin."

    "Da Dip" was by far his biggest hit, and big earner: he's the only writer on the track, and it went Platinum, selling a million copies in America. He returned the charts in 1998 with a 2 Live Crew collaboration called "2 Live Party," which went to #102; in 2007, he went to #45 with "Do It Just Like A Rockstar," a collaboration with Crazy Mike. In 2018, Megan Thee Stallion borrowed his stage name for her track "Freak Nasty."
  • This song goes out of its way to be both clean and inclusive. Anyone can do the dance:

    You know it don't even matter your age
    Don't even matter your color


    The video bears this out, showing folks of all stripes doing "Da Dip."
  • "Da Dip" was used in one of Microsoft's surreal TV advertisements for their Google competitor, Bing. Even the dog sings along!

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