Rump Shaker (song)

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"Rump Shaker"
Single by Wreckx-n-Effect featuring Teddy Riley
from the album Hard or Smooth
Released August 25, 1992
Format Vinyl, CD, cassette
Recorded April–May 1992
Genre Hip hop, new jack swing, dirty rap
Length 5:13
Label MCA
Writer(s) Markell Riley, Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, Pharrell Williams, David Wynn, El DeBarge, Liam Kantwill, Randy DeBarge, Anton Hollins, Lana Moorer
Producer(s) Teddy Riley, Ty Fyffe1, David Wynn
Certification 2× Platinum (RIAA)[1]
Wreckx-n-Effect singles chronology
"Rump Shaker"

"Rump Shaker" is a 1992 rap single by hip-hop group Wreckx-N-Effect from their 1992 album Hard or Smooth. It features production and guest vocals from Teddy Riley, brother of Wreckx member Markell Riley.

Due to the massive success of Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You," "Rump Shaker" would advance only to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. Nevertheless, it peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles, and No. 9 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play.

Hard or Smooth turned out to be a huge success for the group thanks in large part to "Rump Shaker", making it to No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and No. 6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.


"Rump Shaker" is built on a saxophone sample from the 1972 song "Darkest Light" by Lafayette Afro Rock Band and a drum sample from "Midnight Theme" by Manzel. Other samples include "Scratchin'" by the Magic Disco Machine and "Blues and Pants" by James Brown (the vocal "come on!"). Riley's "Rump Shaker (Teddy 2)" remix adds a bass and piano sample from "Blind Alley" by The Emotions. Additionally, Teddy Riley's verse includes an allusion to the 1982 song "I Like It" by DeBarge, with the lines, "I like the way you comb you hair, I like the stylish clothes you wear, it's just the little things you do...".

The song opens with Teddy Riley chanting the chorus "All I wanna do is zooma-zoom-zoom-zoom in a poom-poom." Subsequent verses are rapped by Aqil Davidson, Teddy Riley, and Markell Riley. Teddy Riley's verse is notable for being written by his young protégé Pharrell Williams, later to achieve fame as a member of The Neptunes and a solo artist. It was rumored that Pharrell, along with fellow future-Neptune Chad Hugo, contributed additional production work, but producer Ty Fyffe stated in a 2011 interview that he and Teddy Riley alone produced the song and that Pharrell's only contribution was lyrical. 1


The accompanying music video, depicting Wreckx-N-Effect and Riley hosting a party at Virginia Beach, received substantial criticism for its alleged exploitation of women in bikinis, with the New York Daily News referring to the group as "Horny Little Rap Kids."[citation needed]

References in popular culture[edit]

  • On a Season 4 skit from In Living Color called "Ross Perot Inaugural Interruption", former U.S. Presidential candidate Ross Perot, portrayed by Jim Carrey, buys up the airtime of every single television channel with programming featuring himself. This is done as a ploy to block the inauguration of then U.S. President-elect Bill Clinton under the belief that the inability to broadcast the inauguration prevents it from even happening. One of the programs features Perot being a D.J. working the turntable system while "Rump Shaker" is playing, including him uttering the chorus to the song.
  • In the "Three Daves" skit from Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle (playing himself in the early 1990s) asks a girl why she thinks that all he wants to do is "zooma-zoom" in her "boom-boom".
  • The song is played in the background of a scene from the 2005 comedy film The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Romany Malco's character, Jay, gyrates to the song at his electronics store workplace while loudly pledging to his virgin co-worker Andy Stitzer, played by Steve Carell, that he will lose his virginity during an upcoming weekend full of endless sex with numerous women through Jay's help.
  • The song was also referenced in the season 4 episode of American comedy-drama Psych entitled "Death is in the Air" as Shawn's ringtone, heard 3 times throughout the whole episode.
  • The song was featured in a scene from the TV series Lost in the Season 3 episode, "Exposé".
  • The song's chorus was used, although with somewhat different lyrics, in the 2008 M.I.A. single "Paper Planes".[2] M.I.A. also incorporates a variation of the chorus "All I wanna do is zoom-zoom-zoom-zoom and boom-boom-boom" in another 2007 song "Hit That".
  • Darnell and Joy sing the song in an episode of the television series My Name Is Earl
  • "All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom and a boom-boom" was rumored to be used as a pick-up line of the early 90s.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Rump Shaker" (Radio Remix)- 4:34
  2. "Rump Shaker" (Bonus Beat)- 5:55
  3. "Rump Shaker" (Percapella)- 3:19


  1. "Rump Shaker" (Radio Mix)- 3:56
  2. "Rump Shaker" (Teddy 2)- 6:00
  3. "Rump Shaker" (Dub)- 6:00



  1. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - "Rump Shaker". Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  2. ^ Eric Grandy (2007-11-14). "Life in Exile". The Stranger. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  4. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 

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