Pass That Dutch

Album: This Is Not a Test! (2003)
Charted: 10 27

Songfacts®:

  • "Pass That Dutch" was yet another hit for Missy Elliott, produced and written by her longtime songwriting/producing partner Timbaland. It was the lead single for her fifth studio album, This is Not a Test! and made several charts: #9 on Billboard's Rap Songs; #27 on the Hot 100; #10 on the UK charts; #20 in Finland and Norway.
  • MTV was the only station to edit the title of the song as "Pass That D****." Unlike VH1 and BET, the network feared controversy over the term "Dutch" - inspired by the popular Dutch Master cigar often used to roll blunts. Elliott wasn't the first singer to use the reference. The British reggae band Musical Youth released "Pass The Dutchie" in 1982, although their "dutchie" was a Jamaican cooking pot, and a sanitized version of the original song "Pass The Kutchie" - a reference to a marijuana container.
  • The video contains a reference to Aaliyah, who tragically died two years earlier in a plane crash. Elliott and Timbaland had their first major success with a batch of hits they wrote for the singer's second album, One in a Million, in 1996 (including the singles "If Your Girl Only Knew," "Hot Like Fire," "4 Page Letter" and "One in a Million"). A photo of Aaliyah can be spotted on Elliott's desk in beginning of the music video for "Pass That Dutch."

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