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)
3:58 (7" single version)
6:22 (12" single version)
7:00 (instrumental)
Label Motown
Songwriter(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.)"

"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.

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 5
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 2
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
US Cash Box Top 100[4] 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Rank
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 24
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[6] 79

CDB version[edit]

"Let It Whip"
Let it Whip by CDB.jpg
Single by CDB
from the album Lifted
B-side "remixes"
Released April 1998
Format CD single
Recorded Sydney, Australia
Genre Pop, funk
Length 4:59
Label Sony Music Australia
Songwriter(s) Reggie Andrews, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler
Producer(s) The Rockmelons
CDB singles chronology
"Back Then"
"Let It Whip"
"After the Love Has Gone"

"Back Then"
""Let It Whip"
"After the Love Has Gone"

Australian R&B and pop band CDB released a version in April 1998 as the third single from their second studio album, Lifted (1997). The song peaked at number 51 on the ARIA Charts.

Track listing[edit]

CD single (665254 2)

  1. "Let It Whip"
  2. "Back Then" (Dance Remix)
  3. "Good Times" (MI:II Remix)
  4. "Let It Whip" (Instrumental)


Chart (1998) Position
Australian ARIA Charts 51

Other covers/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, and George Lam (titled as the Cantonese song "愛到發燒"). 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!".[7]


  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. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending JULY 10, 1982". Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-28. . Cash Box magazine.
  5. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1982/Top 100 Songs of 1982". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  7. ^ "INTERVIEW : LunchMoney Lewis". auspOp. November 2, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 

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