Let Me Clear My Throat
|"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" 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.
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. Likewise, the title and common line of the song, "let me clear my throat," is itself taken from the introduction of the Beastie Boys' "The New Style" from 1986's Licensed To Ill.
The song is an enduring party favorite.
- "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Old-School Reunion Edit) - 4:25
- "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Klassic Kool Original Version) - 4:51
- "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Old-School Reunion Remix) - 4:53
- "Let Me Clear My Throat" (45 King Bass 'N' Funk Remix) - 4:32
- "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Funkmaster Flex Remix) - 3:48
- "Let Me Clear My Throat" (No 'Damn' Old-School Reunion Remix) - 4:54
- "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Tupac Tribute Edit) - 1:22
|Canada Dance (RPM)||11|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||7|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||19|
|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
|End of year chart (1997)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||96|
- The 100 Best Hip-Hop One Hit Wonders Complex Mag
- "Australian-charts.com – DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- Canadian peak RPM Magazine
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – DJ Kool search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Charts.org.nz – DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat". Top 40 Singles.
- "Swedishcharts.com – DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat". Singles Top 60.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28.
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