Freek-a-Leek

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"Freek a Leek"
Single by Petey Pablo
from the album Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry
Released December 16, 2003
Recorded late 2002
Genre Southern hip hop, crunk, dirty rap
Length 3:52
Label Jive Records/A&M
Writer(s) Lil Jon, Corey Evans, Moses Barrett, Craig Love, LaMarquis Jefferson
Producer(s) Lil Jon
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Petey Pablo singles chronology
"Club Banger"
(2003)
"Freek-a-Leek"
(2003)
"Vibrate"
(2004)

"Freek-a-Leek" is an American hip hop song co-written and recorded by American rapper Petey Pablo. It was released in December 2003 as the second single from his second album Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry. It was produced by Lil Jon where the song fits the uptempo subgenre of Southern hip hop called crunk. The single peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2004.

Background and recording[edit]

In 2001, following an appearance on the remix of the Black Rob single "Whoa!", Petey Pablo caught the attention of rapper and record producer Timbaland, as well as the A&R manager of Jive Records, who helped Pablo acquire a deal with the record label.[1] Pablo's first single, "Raise Up", was an instant commercial success, reaching the top 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and receiving heavy airplay on MTV.[1] Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry, his debut studio album, was released later in the year and initially sold well due to the success of "Raise Up": however, the follow-up singles "I Told Y'all" and "I" failed to have any major impact on the charts. Consequently, Pablo's material received very little promotion from Jive over the next few years and the release of his sophomore album Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry, originally set for 2002, was postponed indefinitely: it was not released until 2004.[1]

Despite these delays, Pablo continued to record material for the album, eventually completing it during 2003.[2] He recorded "Freek-a-Leek" following studio sessions with Atlanta record producer Lil Jon, whose popularity had increased following his work with southern hip hop duo the Ying Yang Twins.[2][3] Before Lil Jon began work with Petey Pablo, at the request of Jive he had made fifteen productions for American rapper Mystikal, who also recorded for the label, although he passed most of them on. One of these, the production that would eventually become "Freek-a-Leek", was given to Pablo by Jive without Jon's knowledge, after which he recorded the song.[2][3][4] Meanwhile, thinking that the beat had not been used, Lil Jon gave the production to American singer Usher for his single "Yeah!", from which a rough version of the song was recorded, mixed and mastered.[4] Although Lil Jon eventually realized the mistake after Pablo played him "Freek-a-Leek" during one of their studio sessions, Pablo was unwilling to give up the song, especially as it was already receiving airplay on Southern hip hop radio.[4] As a result, Lil Jon created an entirely new instrumental for "Yeah!",[4] and Jive Records solicited "Freek-a-Leek" as the first single from Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry on December 16, 2003, through release as a vinyl single.[5]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

A Southern hip hop song of three minutes and fifty-five seconds in length,[6] "Freek-a-Leek" draws heavily from the musical genre of crunk, while being backed by an instrumentation which features a "slowly strolling riff", as well as following a tempo described as "heavy-synthed marching band-inspired".[6][7] It begins and ends with a fake radio show, with Pablo acting as an impromptu host as well as introducing the song.[6] Pablo's vocals are built around a "novation synth" based melody, with a flute becoming audible during the chorus as well as a set of "cleverly layered vocal chants".[8]

The lyrics of "Freek-a-Leek" were noted for their heavily sexually explicit nature: according to David Jeffries of AllMusic, "Pablo rattles off the names of different drugs, girls and sexual positions as if he was checking off his grocery list".[6]

Remix[edit]

The remix features Jermaine Dupri and Twista. The song appears on Twista's Kamikaze.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Erik White and features actress Esther Baxter. The opening scene is based on the film Belly.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Birchmeier, Jason. "Petey Pablo > Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Patel, Joseph; Waller, Curtis (December 31, 2003). "Petey Pablo Denies He's Rapper, Eats Banana Out Of Will Smith's Bowl". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Drumming, Neil (May 14, 2004). ""Yeah," Lil Jon came through again". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Reid, Shaheem. "Usher: King Me". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Freek-A-Leek [US] – Petey Pablo > Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d Jeffries, David. "Freek-A-Leek – Petey Pablo > Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Album Review: Petey Pablo - Still Writing in My Diary, 2nd Entry". Prefix Magazine. May 4, 2004. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ Drake, David (July 2, 2004). "Petey Pablo - Still Writing in my Diary: The 2nd Entry". Stylus Magazine. Todd Burns. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Petey Pablo – Freek-A-Leek" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  10. ^ "Petey Pablo Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Petey Pablo. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  11. ^ "Petey Pablo Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Petey Pablo. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  12. ^ "Petey Pablo Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Petey Pablo. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  13. ^ "Petey Pablo > Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  14. ^ "2004 Year End Charts – The Billboard Hot 100 Singles & Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  15. ^ "2004 Year End Charts – Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  16. ^ "2004 Year End Charts – Hot Rap Singles Titles". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Pablo, Petey – Freek-A-Leek". Recording Industry Association of America. October 25, 2004. Retrieved October 31, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH