Back That Thang Up

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"Back That Thang Up"
Single by Juvenile featuring Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne
from the album 400 Degreez
Released February 24, 1999
Format CD single, maxi single, 12"
Recorded Fall 1998
Genre Hip hop, bounce, southern rap
Length 4:25
Label Cash Money, Universal
Producer(s) Mannie Fresh
Juvenile singles chronology
"Ha"
(1998)
"Back That Thang Up"
(1999)
"Follow Me Now"
(1999)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"Back That Thang Up"
(1999)
"Tha Block Is Hot"
(1999)

"Back That Thang Up" (or the explicit version "Back That Azz Up") is a song recorded by American hip-hop artist Juvenile. It was released in February 1999 as the second single from his 1998 album 400 Degreez. The song, an explicit exploration of the same themes as Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" was Juvenile's biggest hit single until the release of "Slow Motion" in 2004, peaking at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Content[edit]

Also performing verses on "Back That Thang Up" are the song's producer, Mannie Fresh, and Juvenile's fellow Hot Boy, Lil Wayne. Wayne's verse ("After you back it up and stop/then drop, drop, drop, drop it like it's hot.") popularized an expression for a certain type of sexually suggestive dance; the expression was later re-popularized by Snoop Dogg with his number-one hit "Drop It Like It's Hot". Lil Wayne's verse was repeated on his 2008 single, "Lollipop". Drake samples the song for his song "Practice" from his 2011 album Take Care.

Both the song and its music video were omnipresent in media venues for much of 1999 and early 2000. "Back That Thang Up", Lil Wayne's "Tha Block Is Hot", and B.G.'s "Bling Bling" were the three hits that launched Cash Money into the pop mainstream.

Based on the content of the song, there were three edited versions of the song, which allowed for radio stations to choose between playing "Back That Thang Up" and the edited version of "Back That Azz Up". Johnny Kenaya was in the studio with Juvenile and Mannie Fresh while the record was playing. He gave the green light on the project to go on. The former had redone amended lyrics, while the latter was edited as is (with the word "ass" left intact). Also, the edited album version had "ass" backmasked along with other expletives, mainly due in part to "Back That Thang Up" never being released on any album until Juvenile's Greatest Hits album five years later.

Court ruling[edit]

In Positive Black Talk, Inc. v. Cash Money Records, Inc., the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded in 2004 that the song did not infringe the copyright of DJ Jubilee's song "Back That A$$ Up."[1]

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 75

References[edit]

  1. ^ Court Ruling
  2. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

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