Let It Whip

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"Let It Whip"
Side A of U.S. 7-inch vinyl
Single by Dazz Band
from the album Keep It Live
B-side "Everyday Love"
Released February 12, 1982
Format 12"
Genre Post-disco, funk
Length 4:42 (album version)
4:06 (7" single version)
6:22 (12" single version)
7:00 (instrumental)
Label Motown
Writer(s) Reggie Andrews, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler
Producer(s) Reggie Andrews
Dazz Band singles chronology
"Knock Knock"
"Let It Whip"
"Keep It Live (On the K.I.L.)"

"Let It Whip" is a 1982 hit single by the Dazz Band and their biggest hit, peaking at number one on the R&B chart for five non-consecutive weeks.[1] The single also reached number two on the Dance chart[2] and number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3] The song won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1983.


Co-written by producers Reggie Andrews and Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, performed by the Dazz Band, "Let It Whip" features a percolating drum machine rhythm underneath live drums, and a Minimoog bassline, underneath an electric bass guitar.

This song has been featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, in the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours, in commercials for Tampax and Reese's Whipps candy, and the skateboard film DVS skate more; and it has been covered by Boyz II Men and by pop rock band SR-71 on the soundtrack to The New Guy. This is also covered by George Lam, a singer from Hong Kong, as the Cantonese song titled "愛到發燒". CDB also covered it on their 1997 album Lifted. The song was also covered by fictional a cappella group The Treblemakers in the 2012 movie Pitch Perfect and is featured on the movie's soundtrack.

The Treacherous Three, a pioneering hip-hop group, sampled the song in their version, called "Whip It", also released in 1982.

Hip-hop artist Lecrae sampled the song in his song "Let It Whip" (featuring Paul Wall) on his 2013 mix tape Church Clothes 2.

Justin Timberlake sampled the song in a remix version of his 2003 hit Cry Me A River.

The song is also sampled in the song "Let It Whip" by Purple Disco Machine (2012).

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in Ari Gold's 2008 film Adventures of Power.

In 2015, the song was sampled in LunchMoney Lewis's "Whip It!".[4]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 149. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 72. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ "INTERVIEW : LunchMoney Lewis". auspOp. November 2, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 

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Preceded by
"It's Gonna Take A Miracle" by Deniece Williams
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
May 29 - June 19, 1982: July 3, 1982
Succeeded by
"Early in the Morning" by The Gap Band