Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)

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"Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"
Hit em up style.jpg
Single by Blu Cantrell
from the album So Blu
ReleasedApril 23, 2001 (2001-04-23)
StudioD.A.R.P. (Atlanta, Georgia)
Length4:10
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)Dallas Austin
Producer(s)Dallas Austin
Blu Cantrell singles chronology
"Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"
(2001)
"I'll Find a Way"
(2001)

"Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" is the debut single of American R&B singer Blu Cantrell, written and produced by Dallas Austin and featured on Cantrell's debut album, So Blu (2001). The song was released in the United States on April 23, 2001, and was issued in other regions later that year. It is Cantrell's most successful single in the US and her only single to enter the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two (where it spent two consecutive weeks) on the issue date of July 21, 2001. It enjoyed similar success in Europe and Oceania.

The song appears in video games Donkey Konga 2, Singstar as DLC and Just Dance 4. It also appears on MTV Classic's House of Pop. In 2010, the Carolina Chocolate Drops included a cover of the song on their Grammy-winning album Genuine Negro Jig. On July 13, 2019, Postmodern Jukebox covered the song, featuring Olivia Kuper Harris.

Composition[edit]

The lyrics propose that women should take revenge on cheating men by draining them of their available assets, both monetary assets and property. Cantrell has said that she did not particularly care for the song artistically, but the bitter feelings she was experiencing at the time led her to include it on the album anyway.[1]

"Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" takes a small snippet sample from Frank Sinatra’s "Boys' Night Out". The song is written in the key of F minor and is written in half time with a tempo of 90 beats per minute. The song features the chords Fm and Bm6, and Cantrell's vocals span from B3 to A5.[2][3]

Track listings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the US CD single liner notes.[4]

Studios

Personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[44] Gold 35,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref(s).
United States April 23, 2001 Radio Arista [45]
Europe September 1, 2001 CD [46]
Australia September 17, 2001 [47]
United Kingdom November 12, 2001
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
[46][48]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) (European CD single liner notes). Blu Cantrell. Arista Records. 2001. 74321 891632.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. ^ Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) (European 12-inch single sleeve). Blu Cantrell. Arista Records. 2001. 074321-891631.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) (UK cassette single sleeve). Blu Cantrell. Arista Records. 2001. 74321 90786 4.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) (Australian maxi-CD single liner notes). Blu Cantrell. Arista Records. 2001. 74321888122.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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