Turn My Swag On

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"Turn My Swag On"
Single by Soulja Boy Tell'em
from the album iSouljaBoyTellem
Released January 26, 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:31
Label Stacks on Deck Entertainment/Collipark/HHH/Interscope
Writer(s) DeAndre Way
Producer(s) Natural Disaster and Antonio TopcaT Randolph
Soulja Boy Tell'em singles chronology
"Kiss Me Thru the Phone"
(2008)
"Turn My Swag On"
(2009)
"LOL :-)"
(2009)

"Turn My Swag On" is a song written and recorded by American rapper Soulja Boy. It was released in January 2009 as the third single from his 2008 album iSouljaBoyTellem. It was performed at the 2009 BET Awards. The song topped the US Rap Charts and peaked at number 19 on the Hot 100. it has so far sold over 1,000,000 digital downloads in the US. It became Soulja Boy's third song to sell 1 million or more downloads, after "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" and "Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)".[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Matt Alonzo and shot at roger flouton house in Beverly Hills. The music video peaked at number 1 on the Top 10 countdown of BET's 106 & Park. The video follows the theme of the song, with Soulja Boy Tellem appearing in the house while singing the song. It was leaked to YouTube before its official release date. The video ranked at number 5 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.

Remixes and in popular culture[edit]

The official remix has a new verse by Soulja Boy and features Lil' Wayne using the Auto-Tune effect. The song was leaked onto the internet and YouTube on February 12, 2009.[2] This remix charted at number 65 on the US Hot 100 Airplay Chart.

R. Kelly, Yung L.A., Jim Jones, Jadakiss, Rochelle Perts, Maino, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Chingo Bling, Gucci Mane, Busta Rhymes, Keri Hilson, Teairra Mari, Tyga and Chamillionaire have made their own freestyles to the song. New R&B group Richgirl have made their own cover to the song.[3] In December 2010 teen rapper Izzy Moss released a song onto the internet titled "Touchdown" in response to Soulja Boy's "Turn My Swag On", in which he mimick's the use of Soulja Boy's phrase "Turn my swag on" in the chorus of his song. Willow Smith also followed the trend and used the phrase "Turn my swag on" in her hit single "Whip My Hair" in mid-2010. Lil' Kim & Teyana Taylor added on to Keri Hilson's dime diva remix, eliminating Keri's verses and replacing them with a verse each of their own. Keri is kept on the chit.

Atlanta Hip-hop producer Greg Street created a remix of the song on 2009, combining Keri Hilson & Yung L.A.'s freestyles with the Soulja Boy original, which reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart in September 2010. It can be found on his 2009 mixtape album Sertified Worldwide. It received interest after the Keri Hilson version was covered by Cher Lloyd on the seventh series of The X Factor and the only version available to download with Keri Hilson was the Greg Street version.

In the late summer of 2010, released Austria rapper Money Boy a cover version titled "Dreh den Swag auf" with German lyrics.[4] The music video of it has been watched 18 million times on YouTube[5] and that created a big media hype for Money Boy.[6]

A portion of the song is featured in the American Dad! episode "Less money, mo' problems".

Track listing[edit]

CD single

  1. "Turn My Swag On" (album version) - 3:31
  2. "Turn My Swag On" (instrumental) - 3:31
  3. "Turn My Swag On" (Remix of album version) - 3:40
  4. "Turn My Swag On" (Remix of instrumental) - 3:40

Digital download

  1. "Turn My Swag On"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 48
United Kingdom R&B (The Official Charts Company) 12
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 19
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 39

End of year charts[edit]

Charts (2009) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 79[7]

Use as a bat song in MLB[edit]

A number of professional baseball players have used or are currently using the song as their at bat song, including: Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, Manny Burriss of the San Francisco Giants, Hanley Ramírez of the Florida Marlins,[8] Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds, Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies, Marcus Thames of the Detroit Tigers, Andruw Jones of the Texas Rangers, Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ryan Garko of the San Francisco Giants, Nick Swisher of the New York Yankees, Ian Stewart of the Colorado Rockies, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, Jack Cust of the Oakland Athletics, Coco Crisp of the Oakland Athletics,[9] Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies,[10] and Nick Green of the Boston Red Sox.

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