Raise Up

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"Raise Up"
Single by Petey Pablo
from the album Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry
Released August 26, 2001
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 1999
Genre Hip Hop, Southern Rap, Crunk
Length 4:38 (Original Version), 3:57 (All Cities Remix), 4:01 (Radio Version)
Label Jive Records
Producer(s) Timbaland
Petey Pablo singles chronology
"Raise Up"
(2001)
"I Told Y'all"
(2001)

"Raise Up" is a song recorded by American rapper Petey Pablo. It was released in August 2001 as the lead single from his debut album Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry. The song peaked at number 25 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in October 2001. The song was certified Gold in 2002.

Content[edit]

The premise of the song is simple, Pablo represents his native North Carolina, and calls on the audience to "take your shirt off, twist it 'round yo' head, spin it like a helicopter." At UNC football games, The Marching Tar Heels play the chorus of this song after the defense makes a third down stop. The first verse of his song, "Who am I? Petey Pablo, motherfucker!", is an allusion to Beenie Man's dancehall single, "Who Am I (Sim Simma)".

The song samples "Enta Omri" by Hossam Ramzy.

Remixes[edit]

On the album, there is a remix called "Raise Up [All Cities remix]" which is similar to the original, starting off with North Carolina, except that he shouts out other cities, states or regions in this order: South Carolina, Atlanta, Virginia, New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas and San Francisco Bay Area, ending with "the whole world baby!". Some radio stations played the All Cities remix instead of the original.

Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, Pablo also released a remix, dedicated to those who lost their lives in the attacks, as well as survivors.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001)[1] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 25
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1

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