Lean Back

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"Lean Back"
Single by Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe and Remy
from the album True Story
Released June 8, 2004
Recorded 2003
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:07
Label Universal Records
Producer(s) Scott Storch
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe and Remy singles chronology
"Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"
"Lean Back"
"Take Me Home"

"Lean Back" is a 2004 American hip hop single from the American hip hop group, Terror Squad. The single is off of Terror Squad's album True Story. An uptempo hip hop song built for the club environment, it features Fat Joe with Remy Ma handling the second verse. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from August 21 and topped the R&B charts for more than a month.

Nomination and awards[edit]

  • The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
  • Won Single of the Year, Group at The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2004
  • Won Best Female Rap Collaboration at The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2004

Critical reception[edit]

Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic called the song "a perfect club-ready duet between Joe and Remy Ma that boasts a trademark Scott Storch beat and a memorable singalong hook and dance-along step".[1] VIBE magazine called the song a "summer classic."[2] In 2008, VH1 ranked "Lean Back" #55 in its "100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs" list.[3]

Music video[edit]

Jessy Terrero and Raul Conde directed the music video and filmed it at a mansion at Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles.[4] Fat Joe described the dance in the video as throwing back the right shoulder to the beat of the song.[5] The video features cameos from DJ Khaled, N.O.R.E., Kevin Hart, and Lil Jon, as well as production-duo Cool & Dre.


The official remixed version of the song featuring Lil Jon, Eminem, and Mase is available on Fat Joe's 2005 album All or Nothing and Lil Jon's Crunk Juice remix disc. The official remix is more uptempo and contains a new beat with a crunk- like feel to it. However, there are two different versions of the remix. The All or Nothing version, the main remix, features an additional verse by Remy Ma and was released in July 2004.[6] The Crunk Juice version features Lil Jon's vocals throughout the song, omitting Remy Ma's verse. On both versions, Mase's verse is in line with his then-clean style of rapping (as heard on Welcome Back).

Other remixes of the song are performed by Chamillionaire, in The Mixtape Messiah titled "Body Rock", Lil Wayne, Max B, Jadakiss, USDA, and G-Unit. Also, mashup artist Girl Talk layered "Lean Back" over Spacehog's "In The Meantime" in his album All Day. Houston rapper Lil Flip did a freestyle over the song as a diss towards Atlanta rapper, T.I..[7]

Charts and certifications[edit]