Ante Up (song)

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"Ante Up (Robbin-Hoodz Theory)"
Ante Up remix.jpg
Single by M.O.P.
from the album Warriorz
Released September 9, 2000 (2000-09-09)
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 3:52
Label Loud/Relativity
1778 (U.S.)
EK 91445 (Canada)
498277 (international)
Songwriter(s) E. Murray, J. Grinnage, D. Pittman
Producer(s) DR Period
M.O.P. singles chronology
"G Building"
"Ante Up (Robbin-Hoodz Theory)"
"Cold as Ice"
"G Building"
"Ante Up"
"Cold as Ice"

"Ante Up (Robbin-Hoodz Theory)" is a song by American hip hop duo M.O.P. from their fourth studio album Warriorz (2000). Seen as their breakthrough single, it was released in 2000 and reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. A remix of the song features Busta Rhymes, Remy Martin and Teflon.[1]

In 2003, the song was sampled by Javine Hylton for her debut single "Real Things".[2]


In an interview with Zilla Rocca at Passion of Weiss, "It's a saying that we got from my mother, every time someone comes through the door she’s like, 'Where it's at? Ante up.' Just the fact that we took it from the street corner—there was two meaning to the record. It was ante up, we've been in this game too long you guys see how we demolish the stage, how we make short work of the main major artists when we get on their records and you still won't give us the props and the recognition that we deserve."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song features M.O.P. performing the song on stage. It features cameo appearances by Gang Starr, and Buckshot of Black Moon.

Usage in media[edit]

"Ante Up" was featured in several films within years of its release, such as The Last Castle, Brown Sugar, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, the dance film You Got Served, and 30 Minutes or Less. The song was also featured in an episode of the short lived television series Robbery Homicide Division,[4] as well as an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine ("The Chopper") and an episode of The Mindy Project ("In the Club"). In 2008, M.O.P. dropped legal proceedings for the alleged unlawful sampling of the song in "The Time Is Now".

In 2014, it was used for an advert for O2 Bundles in the UK.[5]

The song is commonly used in British TV show Soccer AM in a segment entitled "that's obscene, that it".


Chart (2001) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 30
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[7] 2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 26
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 33
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[11] 1
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[12] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 7
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 74
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[15] 19