Superthug

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"Superthug"
Single by Noreaga
from the album N.O.R.E.
Released September 21, 1998
Genre East coast hip hop, Latin hip hop
Length 5:00
Label Tommy Boy Records
Writer(s) Noreaga
Producer(s) The Neptunes
Noreaga singles chronology
"You Came Up"
(1998)
"Superthug"
(1998)
"Banned from T.V."
(1998)

"Superthug" is a hip-hop single by Puerto Rican American rapper Noreaga with background vocals from Tammy Lucas[1] during the song's hook. It was the second single from his debut solo album, N.O.R.E.. At the time it became Noreaga's highest charting and most successful single, peaking at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching #1 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart.[2] However it was later surpassed by his 2002 single "Nothin'" which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Along with Mase's "Lookin' at Me", the single was one of the first high profile productions done by Virginia production team The Neptunes. It made the Neptunes well known and sought after producers in the music industry,[3] and in the first decade of the 21st century they would become one of the most successful production teams in music history, being named the Billboard magazine Producer of the Decade for the 2000s [4]

"Superthug" would later be sampled on Janet Jackson's "Ruff (I Like It)". "Ruff" was recorded for Janet's "Damita Jo" album and was produced by The Neptunes but failed to make the cut, although a snippet leaked to the internet in 2010. Janet also considered including the song on her "Discipline" album.[5]

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Billboard Hot 100 36
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 15
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1

Year-End charts[edit]

End of year chart (1998) Position
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[6] 88

Compilation appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Noreaga – Superthug | Discogs
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p294575
  3. ^ http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608003889/The-Neptunes.html
  4. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?p=65919
  5. ^ Janet Jackson's Ruff (I Like It) sample of Noreaga's Superthug | WhoSampled
  6. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks - 1998. Retrieved 2011-09-11.