Let It Whip

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"Let It Whip"
Dazz Band Let It Whip US vinyl 7-inch Side A 1982.jpg
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"
Recorded July 1981
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.

In popular culture/sampling[edit]

"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.

Christian 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 2015, the song was sampled by LunchMoney Lewis in his song "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