I Got 5 on It

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"I Got 5 on It"
I Got 5 on It.jpg
Single by Luniz featuring Michael Marshall
from the album Operation Stackola
ReleasedMay 23, 1995
GenreWest Coast hip hop, R&B
Length4:13
LabelNoo Trybe
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Tone Capone
Luniz featuring Michael Marshall singles chronology
"I Got 5 on It"
(1995)
"Playa Hata"
(1995)
Music video
"I Got 5 On It" on YouTube

"I Got 5 on It" is an old-school hip hop single by the American rap duo Luniz. It was released in May 1995 as the lead single from their debut album, Operation Stackola. It features R&B singer Michael Marshall. The track reached number 2 in Germany, number 3 in the United Kingdom and number 8 in the United States. The track is a drug anthem about the consumption of marijuana;[1] its title and chorus refer to the practice of splitting the cost of a marijuana purchase and claiming five dollars worth of it. The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA on October 31, 1995 and sold one million copies domestically.[2][3][4]

Content[edit]

The title relates to the following lyrics:

“Kinda broke this evening, y'all, so all I got's five, I got five”
“Unless you pull out the fat, crispy five dollar bill on the real before it's history”
“I got 5 on it, let's go half on a sack”

The track is performed by Yukmouth and Numskull, who duet about splitting the cost of a $10 bag of weed before going to a convenience store to buy Tanqueray Gin, Carlo Rossi wine, Arizona brand soft drinks, and a Swisher Sweets cigar to break down and convert into a blunt. The reprised version of the track suggests that the original ‘five on it’ came from a man who had prepaid Numskull for yet-undelivered cocaine.[5]

The track samples Club Nouveau's "Why You Treat Me So Bad" (1987), Kool and the Gang's "Jungle Boogie" (1973) and Audio Two's "Top Billin'" (1987).[6]

A remix was released that featured Dru Down, E-40, Humpty Hump, Richie Rich, Shock G, and Spice 1. Warren G makes a cameo in the remix's music video.

Track listings[edit]

12" single

A-side:

  1. "I Got 5 on It" (clean version) — 4:13
  2. "I Got 5 on It" (instrumental) — 4:14

B-side:

  1. "So Much Drama" (LP version) (street) featuring Nik Nack — 5:14
  2. "So Much Drama" (instrumental) — 5:14
CD single (U.S. version)
  1. "I Got 5 on It" (clean short mix) — 3:59
  2. "I Got 5 on It" (clean bay ballas vocal remix) featuring Dru Down, E-40, Humpty Hump (Shock G), Richie Rich, Shock G, Spice 1 — 4:12
  3. "I Got 5 on It" (gumbo funk remix) remixed by N.O. Joe (4:50)
  4. "I Got 5 on It" (clean weedless mix) — 4:12
Cassette single

A-side:

  1. "I Got 5 on It" (clean short mix)
  2. "I Got 5 on It" (clean bay ballas vocal remix) featuring Dru Down, E-40, Humpty Hump, Richie Rich, Shock G, Spice 1
  3. "I Got 5 on It" (drop zone rub 1)
  4. "I Got 5 on It" (drop zone rub 2)

B-side:

  1. "I Got 5 on It" (clean short mix)
  2. "I Got 5 on It" (clean bay ballas vocal remix) featuring Dru Down, E-40, Humpty Hump, Richie Rich (2), Shock G, Spice 1
  3. "I Got 5 on It" (drop zone rub 1)
  4. "I Got 5 on It" (drop zone rub 2)

Charts and certifications[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V, on the radio station "West Coast Classics". The original song and a suspenseful orchestrated remix version play a crucial role in Jordan Peele's 2019 horror film Us. The track's main melody is used as a leitmotif during the film's climax. The remix is listed on the Us official soundtrack as the "Tethered Mix." It is also featured in the films Havoc and The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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