Get Low (Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz song)

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"Get Low"
Get Low (Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz single - cover art).jpg
Single by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz featuring Ying Yang Twins
from the album Kings of Crunk
B-side"Lovers and Friends"
ReleasedFebruary 19, 2003 (2003-02-19)
Recorded2002 (2002)
Genre
Length5:34 (album version)
LabelTVT
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Lil Jon
Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz singles chronology
"Get Low"
(2003)
"Damn!"
(2003)
Ying Yang Twins singles chronology
"Naggin'"
(2003)
"Get Low"
(2003)
"Salt Shaker"
(2004)

"Get Low" is a song by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz, featuring Ying Yang Twins, released in 2003. It is featured on the 2002 album Kings of Crunk. The song reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 behind "Baby Boy" by Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul and number 20 on the US Hot Digital Songs. It was number five on the top Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs of 2003. It is also known as a breakthrough single for the crunk genre, as the song's success helped it become mainstream. It is #99 on Vh1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop.[1]

History[edit]

Three different radio edits of "Get Low" have been released. One had amended lyrics (i.e. "take that thang to the floor, you skank, you skank"), while the other two bleeped out certain profanities. Of the two bleep censored versions, one version left the word "goddamn" intact while the other censored the word.

The song is referenced by Vampire Weekend in their song "Oxford Comma" from their 2008 self-titled album, proclaiming "First the window, then it's to the wall/ Lil' Jon, he always tells the truth." Chris Rock also referenced the song in a sketch about rap music in his special Never Scared, stating that it was currently his favorite, but due to the song's lyrics, "We all should be ashamed of ourselves for liking this freaking song!"

The Ying Yang Twins used their lines from the song later in their song "Hanh!" from the album Me & My Brother, and in the remix of Pitbull's song "Bojangles". In addition, the line "bend over to the front and touch your toes" was reused in Usher's 2004 song "Yeah!", on which Lil Jon and Ludacris provided the rap vocals.

A version of the song, edited due to its subject matter and use of profanity, was featured on the Need For Speed Underground soundtrack. The same edited version was featured 9 years later on the Kinect game Dance Central 3. This song was also a playable track in the video game Def Jam Rapstar. The uncensored version appears in the Xbox 360 video game "Def Jam: Icon". Lil Jon (without the East Side Boyz) appears in the video game as a playable character providing his own voice and likeness.

This song was also featured in the movies White Chicks, Coach Carter and The Proposal, where Sandra Bullock's character raps it. An abbreviated version of the song appeared in “The Mattress”, a season 3 episode of the scripted comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Remixes[edit]

Two official remixes were released in the EP Part II by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003–04)[2][3] Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 23
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 21
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 28
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 44
US Billboard Hot 100 2
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 2
US Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1
US Mainstream Top 40 10
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[9] 2

End-of-decade chart[edit]

Chart (2000–2009) Rank
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 70

All-time charts[edit]

Chart (1958–2018) Rank
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 526

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crunk Basement". RapBasement.com. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
  2. ^ "Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2007-06-11.
  3. ^ "Lil Jon featuring The East Side Boyz, Busta Rhymes, Elephant Man and Ying Yang Twins - Get Low". aCharts.us. Retrieved 2007-06-11.
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Busta Rhymes, Elephant Man & Ying Yang Twins – Get Low". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Busta Rhymes, Elephant Man & Ying Yang Twins – Get Low" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ "Musicline.de – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Busta Rhymes, Elephant Man & Ying Yang Twins Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Busta Rhymes, Elephant Man & Ying Yang Twins – Get Low". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Busta Rhymes, Elephant Man & Ying Yang Twins – Get Low". Swiss Singles Chart.
  9. ^ "Lil Jon Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  10. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 Singles & Tracks - Decade Year End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  11. ^ "Hot 100 turns 60". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2018.

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