Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)

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"Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)"
Cantaloop single.jpg
Single by Us3
from the album Hand on the Torch
Released September 1993
Format 12" single, CD single, cassette single
Recorded 1993
Genre Jazz rap, acid jazz
Length 4:41
Label Blue Note Records
Songwriter(s) Herbie Hancock, Rahsaan Kelly, Geoff Wilkinson, Mel Simpson
Producer(s) Geoff Wilkinson, Mel Simpson
Music video
"Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" on YouTube

"Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" is a song by jazz-rap group Us3 from their 1993 album Hand on the Torch.

The song was recorded as a demo a year before the group's first release and features a sample of Herbie Hancock's song "Cantaloupe Island", it did not chart in their native UK. In the US, "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's only top 40 single. It was re-released in UK where it peaked at No. 23.[1]

"Cantaloop" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 25, 1994 for sales of over 500,000 copies.

Song information[edit]

The original song, "Cantaloupe Island", is a 16 bar repeated chart consisting of F minor for 4 measures, D7 for 4 measures, D minor for 4 measures, then F minor again. "Cantaloop" excludes the D minor section, uses the F minor section during the verses, and goes between the F minor and D7 during the horn riffs and trumpet solo. The featured soloist is Gerard Presencer.

The song makes notable mention of the Birdland jazz club in New York City in its opening line – "Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, we have something special down here at Birdland this evening: a recording for Blue Note Records." The line, spoken by Pee Wee Marquette, is taken from Art Blakey's first Birdland album, A Night at Birdland Vol. 1.

There are recurring samples, particularly in the beginning, of two men saying "yeah!" and "what's that?". Both of these were taken from the intro to Lou Donaldson's song, "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (From Now On)".

The song is played in the films Renaissance Man, Super Mario Bros., It Takes Two, Sisters, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone as well as the TV shows New York Undercover and Hindsight.


Chart (1994) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles[3] 21
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[4] 29

Appearances in media[edit]

"Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" song was played in movie Sisters,[5] the 1994 movie, "Renaissance Man", and also the 1995 film, It Takes Two.[6]

It is also featured in the 2017 PlayStation 4 video game, KNACK II, during the end credits showing Knack in his various sizes dancing to the song. [7]


  1. ^ "Official Charts Company: Us3". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Us3 - Chart history | Billboard Hot 100". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Us3 - Chart history | Billboard Hot R&B Hip Hop Songs". Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Us3 - Chart history | Billboard Alternative". 
  5. ^ "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) [Goldfish Remix] Goldfish & Us3 in Sisters Movie". InSoundtrack. 
  6. ^ "It Takes Two (1995)". imdb. 
  7. ^ "Knack 2". Playstation. Retrieved 2017-09-10. 

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