Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)

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"Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)"
Single by Us3
from the album Hand on the Torch
Released September 1993
Format 12" single, CD single, Cassette single
Recorded 1993
Genre Jazz rap
Length 4:41
Label Blue Note Records
Writer(s) Herbie Hancock, Rahsaan Kelly, Geoff Wilkinson, Mel Simpson
Producer(s) Geoff Wilkinson, Mel Simpson
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Us3 singles chronology
"Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)"
"I Got It Goin' On"
Music video
"Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" on YouTube

"Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" is a song by jazz-rap group Us3 from their 1993 album Hand on the Torch.

It features a sample of Herbie Hancock's song "Cantaloupe Island", and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's only top 40 single.

"Cantaloop" was certified gold by the RIAA on March 25, 1994 for sales of over 500,000 copies.

Song information[edit]

The original song ("Cantaloupe Island") is a 16 bar repeated chart consisting of F minor for 4 measures, D7 for 4 measures, D minor for 4 measures, then F minor again. "Cantaloop" excludes the D minor section, uses the F minor section during the verses, and goes between the F minor and D7 during the horn riffs and trumpet solo. The featured soloist is Gerard Presencer.

The song makes notable mention of the Birdland jazz club in New York City in its opening line – "Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, we have something special down here at Birdland this evening: a recording for Blue Note Records." The line, spoken by Pee Wee Marquette, is taken from Art Blakey's first Birdland album A Night at Birdland Vol. 1.

There are recurring samples, particularly in the beginning, of two men saying "yeah!" and "what's that?". Both of these were taken from the intro to Lou Donaldson's "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On)".

The song is played in the opening of the 1994 film Renaissance Man. It was used as intro music for the successful 1990s German TV show Willemsens Woche by German author and TV presenter Roger Willemsen. It is also featured on the Super Mario Bros. film soundtrack.The Song Was Also Featured in The Demo Reel For Wahoo Creative.

The was also featured on the second episode of New York Undercover in September 1994.

It is also featured on the soundtrack of the 1995 film "It Takes Two" starring Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.

It was also featured in the 2013 film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone during the Alan Arkin/Steve Carrell rehearsal sequence at the senior center.


End of year chart (1994) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 41


  1. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1994". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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