Let It Whip
|"Let It Whip"|
Side A of U.S. 7-inch vinyl
|Single by Dazz Band|
|from the album Keep It Live|
|Released||February 12, 1982|
|Length||4:42 (album version)
4:06 (7" single version)
6:22 (12" single version)
|Writer(s)||Reggie Andrews, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler|
|Dazz Band singles chronology|
"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. The single also reached number two on the Dance chart and number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 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.
In popular culture/sampling
"Let It Whip" is featured in the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Scarface: The World Is Yours, in commercials for Tampax and Reese's Whipps candy, in the skateboard film DVS Skate More and in the films Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Adventures of Power (2008) and Almost Christmas (2016).
It has been covered by Boyz II Men, SR-71 on the soundtrack to The New Guy, George Lam (titled as the Cantonese song "愛到發燒"), and by CDB on their 1997 album Lifted. The song was also covered by fictional a cappella group The Treblemakers in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect and is featured on the film's soundtrack.
Hip hop group The Treacherous Three sampled the song in their version called "Whip It", also released in 1982.
The song is also sampled in the song "Let It Whip" by Purple Disco Machine (2012).
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 149.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 72.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
- "INTERVIEW : LunchMoney Lewis". auspOp. November 2, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
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