Let Me Clear My Throat

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"Let Me Clear My Throat"
Single by DJ Kool
from the album Let Me Clear My Throat
Released April 1, 1996
Format CD single, Cassette single, 12" Single
Genre Hip hop, go-go, house
Label American Recordings/Warner Bros. Records
Producer(s) DJ Kool, s/x, Fred Derby, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Mark the 45 King
DJ Kool singles chronology
"Let Me Clear My Throat"
(1996)
"Ayo!"
(2006)

"Let Me Clear My Throat" is a song by American hip-hop artist DJ Kool. It was released in April 1996 as the third and final single from his album of the same name Let Me Clear My Throat. It was recorded live at the Bahama Bay club in Philadelphia.[1]

Song description[edit]

The most popular version of the song is the one recorded live at Bahama Bay. This version incorporates audience cheers, shouts, and participation.

The musical content of the song consists entirely of two samples: the introductory fanfare of "Hollywood Swinging" by Kool & The Gang, used in both the intro and pre-chorus, and the remainder of the song consists entirely of a two-bar loop of the saxophone riff from "The 900 Number" by The 45 King (which itself was lifted from "Unwind Yourself" by Marva Whitney).

Aside from a 16-line verse in the first half of the song, the lyrical content consists largely of audience-pleasing antics, energetic shouts, call-and-response, and shout-outs. Kool makes lyrical nods to a grittier house party history of hip-hop, dropping references from early hip-hop and soul artists such as Run DMC, James Brown, Whistle.

The song is an enduring party favorite.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Old-School Reunion Edit) - 4:25
  2. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Klassic Kool Original Version) - 4:51
  3. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Old-School Reunion Remix) - 4:53
  4. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (45 King Bass 'N' Funk Remix) - 4:32
  5. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Funkmaster Flex Remix) - 3:48
  6. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (No 'Damn' Old-School Reunion Remix) - 4:54
  7. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Tupac Tribute Edit) - 1:22

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1996-97) Peak
Position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 50
Canada Dance (RPM)[3] 11
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 19
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 46
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 8
US Billboard Hot 100 30
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 21
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 28

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1997) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 96

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