Like Whaaat

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"Like Whaaat"
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Single by Problem featuring Bad Lucc
from the album Understand Me
ReleasedFebruary 12, 2013
FormatDigital download
Recorded2012
GenreHip hop
Length3:31
LabelDiamond Lane Music Group
Songwriter(s)Jason Martin
Producer(s)League Of Starz[1] Mixed By Trak D
Problem singles chronology
"T.O."
(2012)
"Like Whaaat"
(2013)
"Twerk"
(2013)
Bad Lucc singles chronology
"Like Whaaat"
(2013)

"Like Whaaat" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Problem, released on February 12, 2013 as a single, which was included on various mixtapes such as The Separation and later on his debut retail EP Understand Me. The song, produced by League of Starz, features a guest appearance from frequent collaborator Bad Lucc of Dubb Union. The song has since peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.

Background[edit]

The song's production is backed by minimal synth riffs and midtempo percussion, which was created by upcoming producers League of Starz.[1] It also features distinct samples from Young Bleed's "How You Do That There", which was also sampled on King L's "Full of Dat Weed".[2] Complex credited Problem for reviving the song and turning it into a hit, calling it "a contemporary, thumping re-imagining of the familiar track."[2]

Upon release, "Like Whaaat" was featured in heavy rotation on Los Angeles' Power 106 and many stations in rural Texas, Georgia and North Carolina.[3] On June 6, 2013, hip hop mogul Diddy released a video a promotional video for Revolt TV, featuring him dancing on his private jet to the song. Problem would reference this in the song's remix.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Like Whaaat" was directed by Topself Junior and released on March 19, 2013 via SkeeTV.[5][6] It featured cameo appearances from west coast hip hop rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Warren G, E-40, Ab-Soul, Dom Kennedy, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, and Glasses Malone, among others such as DJ Drama, Tank and Big Boy.[1][7][8]

Critical reception[edit]

"Like Whaaat" was named number 47 on the "Best Songs of 2013 (So Far)" list made by Complex, published on June 24, 2013.[2]

Remix[edit]

The official remix to "Like Whaaat" was released on June 21, 2013 on "Big Boy's Neighborhood" on Power 106.[9] The remix features guest appearances from Master P, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga and Chris Brown replacing Bad Lucc's verse on the song, along with a new verse from Problem.[10][11] On July 9, 2013, the remix was released as a single to iTunes.[12]

On May 23, 2013, DJ Skee released the official "Skeemix" for the song featuring a verse from rapper Riff Raff.[13] Rappers Jermaine Dupri and Chill Moody have also released freestyles or remixes to the song.[14][15]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[16] 20
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[17] 47
US Heatseekers Songs (Billboard) 19

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States February 12, 2013[18] Digital download[19] Diamond Lane Music Group

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Problem ft. Bad Lucc - Like Whaaat Music Video | Listen". Djbooth.net. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  2. ^ a b c "47. Problem f/ Bad Lucc "Like Whaaat" — The Best Songs of 2013 (So Far)". Complex. 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  3. ^ "Video: Problem f. Bad Lucc, "Like Whaaat" « The FADER". Thefader.com. 2013-03-20. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  4. ^ "Diddy Shows Us His #DiddyJetDance to Problem's "Like Whaaat"". TheSource. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  5. ^ 5/16/13 (2013-05-16). "Like Whaaat featuring Bad Lucc | Problem | Music Video". MTV. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  6. ^ "Video: Problem & Bad Lucc "Like Whaaat"". Sways Universe. 2013-03-18. Archived from the original on 2013-08-26. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  7. ^ "Problem Embraces Compton Roots in 'Like Whaaat' Video Featuring Bad Lucc". Thedrop.fm. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  8. ^ Sawyer, Jonathan (2013-03-21). "Problem featuring Bad Lucc – Like Whaaat". Hypetrak. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  9. ^ AJ (2013-06-21). "Problem Ft. Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Tyga & Master P - "Like Whaaat (Remix)" | The Smoking Section". Smokingsection.uproxx.com. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  10. ^ "New Music: Problem Feat. Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Tyga & Master P "Like Whaaat (Remix)"". MissInfo.tv. 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  11. ^ "New Music: Problem f/ Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Tyga, & Master P – 'Like Whaaat (Remix)'". Rap-Up.com. 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Like Whaaat (Remix) [feat. Wiz Khalifa, Tyga, Chris Brown & Master P] - Single by Problem". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-07-09. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  13. ^ "Riff Raff Remixes Problem's "Like Whaaat" Featuring Bad Lucc - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  14. ^ "New Music: Jermaine Dupri - 'Like Whaaat (Remix)'". Vibe. 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  15. ^ Scottie 2 Twitter. "Chill Moody - Like Whaaat (Freestyle) [AUDIO]". Hot97.com. Archived from the original on 2013-08-26. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  16. ^ "Problem Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Problem Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - Like Whaaat (feat. Bad Lucc) - Single by Problem". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - Collard Greens (feat. Kendrick Lamar) - Single by Schoolboy Q". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11.