German Whip

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"German Whip"
Meridian Dan German Whip.jpg
Single by Meridian Dan featuring Big H and JME
from the album I Am London
Released 13 April 2014 (2014-04-13)
Format Digital download
Genre Grime
Length 3:17
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) The HeavyTrackerz
Meridian Dan singles chronology
"German Whip"
(2014)
"One Two Drinks"
(2014)
"German Whip"
(2014)
"One Two Drinks"
(2014)
Big H singles chronology
"OMG (H is Back)"
(2013) OMG (H is Back)2013
"German Whip"
(2014) German Whip2014
JME singles chronology
"Taking Over? (It Ain't Working)"
(2014) Taking Over? (It Ain't Working)2014
"German Whip"
(2014) German Whip2014
"That's Not Me"
(2014) That's Not Me2014

"German Whip" is the debut single by grime artist Meridian Dan, released as the lead single from his forthcoming debut album, I Am London.[1] The song features vocals from rappers Big H and JME, and was produced by The HeavyTrackerz, who have been credited with production for many other chart-successful songs.[2] The song entered the UK Singles Chart on 20 May 2014 at number 13, which remains its highest charting position.[3]

Background and release[edit]

The song was released on 13 April 2014,[4] having achieved nationwide recognition beforehand.[5] The song has been added to BBC Radio 1Xtra's A-list and has received support from BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM and Capital Radio.[6]

The song is a panegyric on the subject of driving high-quality precision engineered motor cars with blacked out windows whilst leaning back.[7] The phrase "whip" was used after various rappers noticed that the Mercedes-Benz logo resembled a steering wheel, which used to be called a whip.[8]

Music video[edit]

The song has two music videos. The first was released in 2013, directed by Jay Parpworth and produced by SB.TV, gaining 10.4 million views and was shown nationwide via all major TV channels such as MTV and The Box. The second was released six months later and was produced by Vevo,[9] and features an array of German cars.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reception has been positive to mixed. Swarve Men Magazine called the song "awesomely catchy".[10] Robert Foster of Bankholidaycomes.com said the song was a "little nugget of grime fun".[11] In addition, Stagedoor.fm said that heaven would be "hot weather, coupled with the windows down, plus [the Skepta, Professor Green, Bossman Birdie & Rizzle Kicks] remix".[12] However, Robin Murray of Clashmusic.com commended Meridian Dan's "untamed vocal", but dismissed the beat as "ridiculous".[13]

Legacy[edit]

The song has been credited with steering grime's unexpected comeback.[7] In addition, T-shirt Party created a T-shirt in homage to the song, which contains Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen logos.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download – single
No. Title Length
1. "German Whip" (featuring Big H and JME) 3:16
Digital download – EP
No. Title Length
1. "German Whip" (Remix) (featuring Skepta, Professor Green, Bossman Birdie and Rizzle Kicks) 3:58
2. "German Whip" (Two Inch Punch Remix) (featuring Big H and JME) 3:29
3. "German Whip" (True Tiger Remix) (featuring Big H and JME) 3:32
4. "German Whip" (Wideboys Remix) (featuring Big H and JME) 6:18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meridian Dan |". Ega-music.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  2. ^ "The HeavyTrackerz: Top 5 Favourite Tracks Right Now | Topman Generation". Magazine.topman.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  3. ^ "Meridian Dan Featuring Big H & Jme | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Meridian Dan shares second video for 'German Whip' //". Crack Magazine. 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  5. ^ Artist Biography by Aneet Nijjar. "Meridian Dan | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  6. ^ Hart, Tina. "German Whip artist Meridian Dan signs to PMR". Music Week. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  7. ^ a b Hall, Josh (2014-02-18). "How "German Whip" is Steering Grime's Unexpected Comeback | NOISEY". Noisey.vice.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  8. ^ "German Whip by Meridian Dan Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  9. ^ "Meridian Dan shares second video for 'German Whip' //". Crack Magazine. 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  10. ^ a b Men, Swarve (2014-03-13). "Meridian Dan Releases a New Video For "German Whip" Ft. JME and Big H". Swarve Men. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  11. ^ Foster, Robert (2014-04-14). "TSP108: German Whip - Bank Holiday". Bankholidaycomes.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  12. ^ "Listen: Meridian Dan - 'German Whip' remix ft Skepta, Rizzle Kicks, Professor Green | Your source of regular of new music, movies, TV & entertainment". Stagedoor.fm. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  13. ^ "Listen: Meridian Dan - German Whip (Two Inch Punch Remix) | News | Clash Magazine". Clashmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  14. ^ Suffocake (2014-04-14). "T-Shirt Party TSP108 'German Whip'The Daily Street". Thedailystreet.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-25.