Whoomp! There It Is

Album: Whoomp! There It Is (1993)
Charted: 34 2

Songfacts®:

  • The much raunchier "Whoot! There It Is" by the rap group 95 South was released about a month before Tag Team came out with their "Whoomp!" version. But before assuming that Tag Team ripped it off, consider what David Watson at their record label told us: "According to the U. S. Copyright Office, 95 South's 'Whoot...' was created in 1993 and Tag Team's "Whoomp..." was created in 1992. Both singles were written and recorded in Atlanta and were released in the spring of 1993. The phrase, 'Whoomp! There It Is' was coined by strippers from Florida working in Atlanta, according to Cecil Glenn from Tag Team. Glenn was a DJ at an adult entertainment establishment during that time.

    The Tag Team version downplayed the sexual element, and omitted the chant: "Fellas, where the booty at!," while adding a bridge of "Can You Dig It" (inspired by the movie The Warriors). While the title still refers to the sight of a woman's butt, the rest of the song creates more of general party atmosphere. Another difference was that Tag Team (Atlanta rappers DC the Brain Supreme (Cecil Glenn) and Steve Roll'n (Steve Gibson)) articulated the lyrics to make them easier to understand. The result was a huge crossover hit, as white audiences embraced the song.

    Members of 95 South claim that "Whoomp!" was a blatant rip off, and that Cecil Glenn heard the song when they brought it to his Atlanta strip club to play. "Whoot!" was recorded using Pro Tools, which means Tag Team could have gone to the same recording studio and recreated the song using the same tracks.
  • This samples an electro/disco song called "I'm Ready" by the Italian group Kano, which was a popular song in dance clubs and provided a clean, easily sampled intro. Tag Team built their song around this track, while 95 South's "Whoot!" used a sample of "Looking For The Perfect Beat" by Afrika Bambaataa.
  • This became a popular song as sporting events, especially at baseball games when the home team would get a key hit. The 1993 Philadelphia Phillies and 1995 Chicago White Sox both used it a great deal in their playoff runs. The song's popularity in sports led to its inclusion on the first Jock Jams compilation in 1995.
  • In an attempt to squeeze every last marketing drop from this song, Tag Team remade this song as "Addams Family (Whoomp!)" for the 1993 film Addams Family Values.
  • In 2010, the music video for this song became the subject of controversy. Several online blogs had spotted a man in the video that bore a strong resemblance to president Barack Obama. The bloggers have also somehow came down to the conclusion that the man is in fact Barack Obama. The man appears in the video playing dominoes 1:01 in. However, Gawker, another one of these blogs, used clues that they have deciphered (such as that Obama was living in Chicago while the extra resembling him is from Atlanta) to come down to the conclusion that the man was not in fact Barack Obama. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alec Thorp - Yorktown Heights, NY
  • A Disney version of this song called "Whoomp! (There It Went)" was released in 1994. Credited to "Tag Team, Mickey, Minnie, & Goofy," it made #97 US and got lots of airplay on Radio Disney. In this song, the duo is joined by the voices of the Disney characters in a story about Donald Duck's birthday party.
  • In 2011, this song was part of a plot line in an AT&T/iPhone ad where a guy in a diner is arguing with his friend over they year this song was released. Using 4G technology, he is able to look it up on his phone while talking to his friend.

Comments: 1

  • John from Nashville, TnOne-hit wonders the Tag Team own the masters to this four-million selling recording.
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