Let's Get Down (Bow Wow song)

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"Let's Get Down"
Single by Bow Wow featuring Baby (Birdman)
from the album Unleashed
A-side "Follow Me"
Released June 24, 2003 (2003-06-24)
Format CD, 12", digital download
Recorded 2003
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:21
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Shad Moss, Phalon Alexander, Rahman Griffin, Clifford Harris
Producer(s) Jazze Pha
Bow Wow singles chronology
"Basketball"
(2002)
"Let's Get Down"
(2003)
"My Baby"
(2003)
Birdman singles chronology
"Baby You Can Do It"
(2003)
"Let's Get Down"
(2003)
"Get Your Shine On"
(2004)
Music video
"Let's Get Down" on YouTube

"Let's Get Down" is a song by American rapper Bow Wow. It's the first single off his third album Unleashed. The song, which is produced by Jazze Pha, features rapper Birdman under his alias "Baby". The song was written by Shad Moss, Phalon Alexander, Rahman Griffin and a then-unknown T.I.. It's the first song to be released by Bow Wow without the word "Lil'" in his name after making his film debut in 2002's Like Mike and releasing his cover of "Basketball" for the film's soundtrack.

It peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, his highest charting single on that chart until 2005's "Like You" and "Let Me Hold You" made it his third-highest charting single. It also peaked at numbers 6, 8 and 12 on the Hot Rap Songs, Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts respectively. A music video by Bryan Barber was made to promote the single that features Bow Wow getting his driver's license.

Background and development[edit]

In 2002, after finishing production on his debut film Like Mike and releasing his cover of "Basketball" for the film's soundtrack, Bow Wow dropped the word "Lil'" from his name completely. In an interview with MTV, he said he wanted to distinguish himself from the other rappers who had the word in their moniker: "All these Lil’ rappers, I’m just kind of getting real irritated by it. I said, 'You know what? Drop the Lil'. Forget it. I’m Bow Wow.' Besides, I’m growing up, I’m not little anymore. [I just decided] two weeks ago. I really got irritable. It’s all these Lil’ cats, forget it. I’m Bow Wow now. Everything is just 'Bow Wow,' no 'Lil' Bow Wow.'"[1]

T.I. had a ghostwriting credit on the song.

"Let's Get Down" was produced by Jazze Pha, who previously did production for other rappers like Erick Sermon and Ludacris. The song was written by Shad Moss, Phalon Alexander, Rahman Griffin and Clifford Harris (aka T.I.). Donnie Kwak of Vibe described the song as a clone of Baby's "Do That...," with "youthful flirting replacing sleazy come-ons."[2] In an interview with Billboard, he commented on wanting to make an impact after changing his name and wanting to work with rapper Baby: "I wanted something that was going to hit hard, Bow Wow says of the single. "I also wanted to do a song with Baby. Actually, Baby wasn't going to be on that song. He was suppose to be on another song, but he hopped on 'Let's Get Down' because he was feeling it. After that, everything just came together."[3]

In a September 2003 interview with website Whudat, T.I. talked about his contribution to Bow Wow's third album and the song itself: "Yeah this time around I wrote some songs for him. Even on the single, "Let's Get Down." I wrote the third verse and the hook. Usually how we did it was he'll write one verse, Bow Wow would write one verse, his homeboy Rocka would write one, and I'd write a verse and come up with the hook."[4] In a 2009 interview with HipHopDX, Bow Wow commented on how getting T.I. to ghostwrite for him on his third album didn't tarnish his credibility as a rapper: "Even the best have had stuff written for them. [And] Tip only worked with me one time, and that was for the Unleashed album. And I actually wrote, I would say, 85 percent of that album. Tip probably wrote maybe like one [full] song, [and] he might have did like a verse [for a few songs] If it was a three-verse song, I might have did two verses [and] he might have wrote one So its not like he [was] in there just writing the whole album [But] its like, I [had] to learn eventually."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Rashaun Hall of Billboard praised Jazze Pha's production and Bow Wow for maturing as an MC concluding with, "While Bow Wow's more mature stance suits him well, it will be interesting to see how his younger fans and mainstream R&B radio react to the teenage MC's new image. Either way, Bow Wow has proven that his act is no child's play."[6]

In 2013, Complex added the song in its list of nineteen great songs made by teenage rappers in the last 19 years. In his review Kyle Kramer said "Not only did he have girls trying to get at him, he was boasting of his prowess with the ladies in a PG tone and a teen's voice, which makes a line like “I'll find me another one, more interesting more fun/The man has just begun” even colder. With a T.I.-esque flow, paired with a killer, clattering faux-Neptunes beat courtesy of Jazze Pha, the kid, the self-proclaimed “Mr. 106 and Park,” was unstoppable."[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"Let's Get Down" gave Bow Wow his third top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Let's Get Down" debuted at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of July 5, 2003.[8] Six weeks later, it entered the top 40 at number 30 for the week of August 16, 2003.[9] It peaked at number 14 for the week of September 20, 2003. It stayed on the chart for seventeen weeks.[10] This gave Bow Wow his third top 20 hit and highest charting single on that chart until 2005's "Like You" and "Let Me Hold You" made it his third-highest charting single. This also gave Birdman his fourth top 40 hit on that chart (his third as a featured artist). It also peaked at number 12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart,[11] number 6 on the Hot Rap Songs chart[12] and number 8 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart.[13] The song also charted in Australia, debuting at number 50 for the week of October 27, 2003 before leaving the next week.[10]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Bryan Barber,[14] the video takes place at the Atlanta DMV where Bow Wow is getting ready for his driver's test.[15] Birdman plays his driving instructor and gives him tasks that need to be completed.[16] Intercut are scenes of Bow Wow attracting the attention of various women. The video ends with Bow Wow getting his picture taken for his driver's license. Jazze Pha makes a cameo appearance in the video. The video made its premiere on June 30, 2003.[16]

In an interview with MTV, Bow Wow explained how the video relates getting a driver's license to being able to attract women: "The concept of the video is that I go to the DMV to get my license. I get in the car and Baby’s my instructor. We’re in Atlanta taking a tour [and] Baby is like, ‘Bow, pull over. Tell this to shorty.’ He tests me on my speaking game with the ladies. A normal DMV person would be testing you on your right turn, [saying] ‘check your mirrors.’ Me, I was tested on did I spit game to the girl correctly."[15]

Formats and track listing[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Unleashed.[22]

Recording
Personnel
  • Jazze Pha – producer
  • Josh Butler – recording engineer
  • Steve Fisher – recording engineer, assistant mix engineer
  • Cory Williams – assistant recording engineer
  • Leslie Brathwaite – mix engineer
  • Charles Pettaway – guitar
  • Tameka "Tiny" Cottle – background vocals
  • Rahman "Rocky" Griffin – vocal arrangements

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[23] 50
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 14
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[25] 12
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[26] 6
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[27] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[28] 61

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid, Shaheem (April 4, 2002). "Bow Wow Drops The Lil', Collars Tour Dates". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ Spin Media (September 2003). Vibe. Spin Media. p. 288. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ Billboard (August 16, 2003). Bow Wow Unleashed 115. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 17. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ "T.I. - interview". whudat.com. September 2003. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ Arnold, Paul W. (January 19, 2009). "Bow Wow Talks New Album, T.I. Ghostwriting". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ Billboard (July 12, 2003). Billboard Picks - Singles: Essentials 115. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 36. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kramer, Kyle (July 6, 2013). "Nineteen Great Songs Made By Teenage Rappers in the Last 19 Years: Bow Wow f/ Birdman "Let's Get Down" (2003)". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ Carpenter, Troy (June 26, 2003). "'Idols' Still Rule Billboard's Singles Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Martens, Todd (August 7, 2003). "Guest appearances Keep Jay-Z On Top". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Bow Wow and Baby - Let's Get Down". aCharts.us. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ Billboard (August 23, 2003). Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 115. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 25. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ Billboard (September 6, 2003). Hot Rap Tracks 115. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 25. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ Billboard (September 13, 2003). Rhythmic Top 40 115. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 68. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Bryan Barber". mvdbase.com. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem (June 5, 2003). "Bow Wow For 'President'?". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem (May 29, 2003). "Bow Wow To Seek Lessons On Macking, Gliding On 22s In New Clip". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Bow Wow - Let's Get Down (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Bow Wow - Let's Get Down (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Bow Wow - Follow Me / Let's Get Down (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Bow Wow - Let's Get Down (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Let's Get Down - Single by Bow Wow". iTunes (US). Apple. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  22. ^ Unleashed (Media notes). Columbia Records. 2003. 
  23. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Bow Wow – Let's Get Down". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  24. ^ "Bow Wow Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Bow Wow. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  25. ^ "Bow Wow Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Bow Wow. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  26. ^ "Bow Wow Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Bow Wow. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  27. ^ "Bow Wow Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Bow Wow. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  28. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - 2003". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved September 17, 2014. 

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