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.