I Got 5 on It

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"I Got 5 on It"
Single by Luniz featuring Michael Marshall
from the album Operation Stackola
Released May 31, 1995
Format 12" single, CD single, cassette single
Recorded 1994
Genre West coast hip hop
Length 4:13
Label Noo Trybe
Producer(s) Tone Capone
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Luniz singles chronology
"I Got 5 on It"
(1995)
"Playa Hata"
(1995)
Music video
"I Got 5 on It" (Official) on YouTube

"I Got 5 on It" is a hip hop song by hip hop duo Luniz, taken from their album Operation Stackola. It features vocal contributions from R&B singer Michael Marshall. The song has become their most famous to date, and helped make Operation Stackola their best-selling album.

Lyrics and music[edit]

"I got 5 on it" is a phrase meaning to pay half of a dime bag (a $10 bag of marijuana) with another person. The lyrics in the original song clearly convey this meaning.

“Kinda broke so ya know all I gots five, I got five”
“Unless you pull out the fat, crispy five dollar bill on the real before its history”
“I got 5 on it, let's go half on a sack”

The remix to the song, which can be found on the CD single known as the "Bay Ballas Remix", features an extensive list of artists from the Bay Area including original collaborator Michael Marshall on the chorus, Dru Down, E-40, Richie Rich, Shock G, and Spice 1. Later remixes attempt to modify the original meaning. In Dru Down's verse he states the "5" can refer to either $500 or a Mercedes-Benz 500E for the particularly wealthy, while Numskull suggests the practice can also be used to assist in paying for alcoholic beverages such as Hennessy, Seagrams or malt liquor. Others suggest the more likely interpretation, that the "5" refers to half a "bag" of Marihuana, since usually a sack is priced at $10. It can be argued, that this analogy is used to reflect the financial situation of those, the rappers affiliate(d) themselves with.

The song samples Club Nouveau's "Why You Treat Me So Bad" (1987), Kool and the Gang's "Jungle Boogie" (1973) and Audio Two's "Top Billin'" (1987). There have also been several unofficial drum 'n bass remixes of this track.

Reception[edit]

The single reached #2 in Germany, #3 in the United Kingdom and #8 in the United States. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA on October 31, 1995 for shipping of one million copies.[1]

Other versions[edit]

The instrumentals for "I Got 5 on It" are used for the song "Satisfy You" by Puff Daddy featuring R. Kelly, Luniz is featured in the official West Coast Remix of the song. The song has also been freestyled by many notable rappers such as: The Game, Yo Gotti, Lloyd Banks, Lil' Flip, Potluck and many others. The remix of this song was covered by Twiztid on their Man's Myth (Vol. 1) album. This version was titled "Bonus Flavor" and also featured Insane Clown Posse, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Anybody Killa, Esham and Lavel. The instrumental was sampled for the official remix of R&B singer J. Holiday's single, "Bed", that features rappers Trina and Ja Rule. The instrumental was also sampled by Jennifer Lopez for her record "I'm Gonna Be Alright" featuring Nas. Big Sean also used the beat for his version of the song called "5 Bucks (5 on It)" featuring Chip tha Ripper and Curren$y on his mixtape "Finally Famous Volume 3: BIG". The song is used for the song "irresistible" by Lil Bow Wow featuring Jessica Simpson, as well. Big Freedia also puts the instrumentals to use on the track "Na Who Mad", released in 2011. In 2013, Daz and W.C. used the sample on their track, "Whatcha Goin' Do." Also in 2013, Meek Mill and Lil Snupe freestyled off this sample. In 2013, Meek Mill used the sample for his song, "Heaven Or Hell," And Also in 2013, Yo Gotti used the same for his track, "I Know". Lecrae used a modified version of the instrumental for his track "Nuthin."

Influence and use[edit]

In 2000, Yukmouth appeared on a "sequel" titled "G'z On It" with Mac Mall and Fed-X on Killa Tay's album Snake Eyes.

In 2005 Twiztid Released a Remix of it on their Album Man's Myth Entitled Bonus Track, It Featured Lavel, Esham, Insane Clown Posse, Anybody Killa, and Blaze Ya Dead Homie.

In 2009, Dutch rapper Hef used this instrumental beat for his freestyle on a radio program 101 Barz.

In 2012 CNET correspondent and host of the AppleByte Brian Tong created the parody video "iPhone 5 on it".

David Wright, third baseman for the New York Mets currently uses the song as his walk-up music for at-bats.

Track listings[edit]

12" single

A-side:

  1. "I Got 5 on It" (clean version) — 4:13
  2. "I Got 5 on It" (instrumental) — 4:14

B-side:

  1. "So Much Drama" (LP version) (street) featuring Nik Nack — 5:14
  2. "So Much Drama" (instrumental) — 5:14
CD single (U.S. version)
  1. "I Got 5 on It" (clean short mix) — 3:59
  2. "I Got 5 on It" (clean bay ballas vocal remix) featuring Dru Down, E-40, Humpty Hump (Shock G), Richie Rich, Shock G, Spice 1 — 4:12
  3. "I Got 5 on It" (gumbo funk remix) remixed by N.O. Joe (4:50)
  4. "I Got 5 on It" (clean weedless mix) — 4:12
Cassette single

A-side:

  1. "I Got 5 on It" (clean short mix)
  2. "I Got 5 on It" (clean bay ballas vocal remix) featuring Dru Down, E-40, Humpty Hump, Richie Rich, Shock G, Spice 1
  3. "I Got 5 on It" (drop zone rub 1)
  4. "I Got 5 on It" (drop zone rub 2)

B-side:

  1. "I Got 5 on It" (clean short mix)
  2. "I Got 5 on It" (clean bay ballas vocal remix) featuring Dru Down, E-40, Humpty Hump, Richie Rich (2), Shock G, Spice 1
  3. "I Got 5 on It" (drop zone rub 1)
  4. "I Got 5 on It" (drop zone rub 2)

Charts and sales[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American single certifications – Luniz – I Got 5 on It". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "I Got 5 on It", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved July 23, 2008)
  3. ^ "Luniz singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved July 23, 2008)
  5. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1996" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "I Got 5 on It", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved July 23, 2008)
  7. ^ a b Luniz singles, Billboard charts allmusic.com (Retrieved July 23, 2008)
  8. ^ "I Got 5 on It", UK Singles Chart (1998 issue) Chartstats.com (Retrieved July 23, 2008)
  9. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  10. ^ 1996 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved July 23, 2008)
  11. ^ 1996 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved July 23, 2008)
  12. ^ 1996 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved July 23, 2008)
  13. ^ 1996 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 20, 2010)
  14. ^ 1996 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved July 23, 2008)
  15. ^ "French single certifications – Luniz – I Got 5 on It" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  16. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Luniz; 'I Got 5 on It')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  17. ^ "Norwegian single certifications – Luniz – I Got 5 on It" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  18. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Luniz; 'I Got 5 on It')". Hung Medien. 
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Luniz – I Got 5 on It". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter I Got 5 on It in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go

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