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.
The accompanying video received substantial criticism for its alleged exploitation of women in bikinis, despite its setting of a fun day at the beach, with the New York Daily News referring to Wreckx-N-Effect as "Horny Little Rap Kids". "Rump Shaker" is also notable for featuring a verse (performed by Teddy Riley) written by a young Pharrell. It was rumored that Pharrell, along with fellow future-NeptuneChad Hugo, contributed additional production work as Teddy Riley's then-protégés. However, New York producer Ty Fyffe later cleared the rumors saying that he and Teddy Riley produced the song and clarifying that Pharrell only wrote Teddy's raps.1
In addition to Riley contributing the second verse of the song, his other notable contribution to the song is the repetitive chorus of "All I wanna do is zooma-zoom-zoom-zoom in a boom-boom." The other notable feature of the song is a saxophone riff in the background from "Darkest Light" by Lafayette Afro Rock Band. It also samples "Midnight Theme" by Manzel, "Scratchin'" by the Magic Disco Machine and "Blind Alley" by The Emotions. Riley alludes to the song "I Like It" by DeBarge in his verse when he raps, "I like the way you comb you hair, I like the stylish clothes you wear, it's just the little things you do...".
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". 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