Shoulder Lean

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"Shoulder Lean"
Single by Young Dro featuring T.I.
from the album Best Thang Smokin'
Released July 4, 2006 (2006-07-04)
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:20
Label Grand Hustle
Writer(s) Clifford Harris, D'Juan Hart, Cordale Quinn
Producer(s) Lil' C
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)[1]
Young Dro chronology
"Shoulder Lean"
"Rubberband Banks"
T.I. chronology
"Why You Wanna"
"Shoulder Lean"
"My Love"

"Shoulder Lean" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Young Dro, released July 4, 2006 as his debut single and the lead single from his debut studio album Best Thang Smokin'. The song features fellow American rapper and his Grand Hustle label boss T.I. on the hook. The production was handled by Grand Hustle in-house producer Cordale "Lil' C" Quinn. The song was a massive hit in the United States, reaching the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. This was Young Dro's first and only Top 10 single and T.I.'s fourth Top 10 single. The song received heavy airplay and was certified 2x Platinum by RIAA.

A freestyle over the song's production, entitled "Live from the 504" by Lil Wayne, is featured on his mixtape Da Drought 3 (2007).

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Shoulder Lean" makes references to the respective video of the Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg song "Nuthin But A "G" Thang". The video includes cameo appearances from DJ Drama, DJ Khaled, Slim Thug, Big Gipp of Goodie Mob and Parlae of Dem Franchize Boyz.


Chart (2006) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 10
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[4] 33
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[5] 1


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[6] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States May 2, 2006 Rhythmic contemporary radio[7] Grand Hustle Records, Atlantic Records
May 9, 2006 Urban contemporary radio[8]
June 29, 2006 Digital download[9]
September 5, 2006 Contemporary hit radio[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Young Dro gold&platinum dataRIAA. Accessed October 24, 2008.
  2. ^ "Young Dro Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Young Dro. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  3. ^ "Young Dro Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Young Dro. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  4. ^ "Young Dro > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Young Dro Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Young Dro. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – Young Dro – Shoulder Lean". Recording Industry Association of America. October 24, 2008. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  7. ^ "FMQB: Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Inc. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "R&R: Going For Adds: Urban (Week Of: May 9, 2006)". Radio & Records. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Shoulder Lean – Single by Young Dro". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "R&R: Going For Adds: CHR/Top 40 (Week Of: September 5, 2006)". Radio & Records. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
Preceded by
"Me & U" by Cassie
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
August 12, 2006 - August 26, 2006
Succeeded by
"Déjà Vu" by Beyoncé Knowles featuring Jay-Z