Ooh Wee (Mark Ronson song)

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"Ooh Wee"
Mark Ronson Ooh Wee UK European artwork.jpg
Single by Mark Ronson featuring Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife and Saigon
from the album Here Comes the Fuzz
B-side"NYC Rules"
Released20 October 2003 (2003-10-20)
Format
Recorded2002–03
Genre
Length3:29
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson singles chronology
"Ooh Wee"
(2003)
"Just"
(2006)
Ghostface Killah singles chronology
"Guerrilla Hood"
(2003)
"Ooh Wee"
(2003)
"Tush"
(2004)
Nate Dogg singles chronology
"Gangsta Nation"
(2003)
"Ooh Wee"
(2003)
"The Set Up"
(2004)
Trife singles chronology
"Guerrilla Hood"
(2003)
"Ooh Wee"
(2003)
"Milk Em'"
(2005)
Saigon singles chronology
"Do You Know"
(2002)
"Ooh Wee"
(2003)
"Favorite Thing"
(2004)

"Ooh Wee" is a song by Mark Ronson featuring Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife and Saigon. It was released as the lead single from Ronson's debut studio album, Here Comes the Fuzz, on 20 October 2003. It charted at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart, and caused Ronson to return to the UK after many years of living in the United States.

Background[edit]

"Ooh Wee" was released as Ronson's debut single, from his album Here Comes the Fuzz. It features Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife and Saigon. The record was produced in New York, where Ronson was living at the time. The song samples "Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey and "Sunny" by Boney M;[1] in an interview with Rolling Stone, Ronson stated that he decided to sample the song after hearing it in the film Boogie Nights, and listening to the end of the film to the credits after discovering that the record wasn't on the film's soundtrack.[2]

The record was made only thinking of giving it to Ghostface Killah. Ronson's manager contacted Killah, who had previously been acquainted with each other. However, once Killah had added his part, he thought having an extra voice would complement the record, so he contacted the head of his label to see if he could get Nate Dogg on the record. After sending Dogg the record, it took him less than 24 hours to return it with his part recorded.[3]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was created. It features all four rappers and Ronson miming to the original track. For it, Ronson had the back of his shaved in such a manner that the words "Here Comes the Fuzz" appear on his head; a shot of this begins the video. During his 4Music #Hangout, he explained that the barber who cut his hair that day only spoke English and could not read or write it, and so to him he was in fact carving a picture in to the back of Ronson's head.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The Guardian described it as "fizzy disco-rap ... informed by the freewheeling, celebratory spirit of late 80s hip-hop".[5]

In popular culture[edit]

It was featured in the 2003 movie Honey and its soundtrack. The song was later used in the movies Hitch and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.[6]

As of 2019, the song was featured in various Domino’s Pizza adverts in the UK.

It was featured in the official trailer for the 2019 movie Spies in Disguise.

Charts[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

"Ooh Wee" had a positive chart performance. The song charted at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart; this, coupled with Elektra Records' decision to drop Ronson, culminated in Ronson returning to London.[4] The song also charted at number 82 on the MegaCharts, number 83 on the Australian Singles Chart number 95 on the German Singles Chart and in America number 32 on the Rhythmic Top 40 and number 80 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 83
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[8] 6
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[9] 16
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 95
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 82
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[12] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 15
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 80
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[15] 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ Here Comes the Fuzz (Media notes). Elektra Records. 2003.
  2. ^ "Mark Ronson feat. Ghostface Killah & Nate Dogg, "Ooh Wee" (2003) - Mark Ronson: My Life in 10 Songs". Rolling Stone.
  3. ^ "Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg Help DJ Mark Ronson Say 'Ooh Wee'". MTV.
  4. ^ a b "Mark Ronson's #Hangout". #Hangouts. 3 January 2015. 4Music.
  5. ^ Dorian Lynskey. "CD: Mark Ronson, Here Comes The Fuzz". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Swanson, David (24 July 2003) "Mark Ronson". Rolling Stone. (927):27
  7. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 19 January 2004" (PDF) (725). Pandora Archive. 7 February 2004. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mark Ronson feat. Ghostface Killah & Nate Dogg – Ooh Wee" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mark Ronson feat. Ghostface Killah & Nate Dogg – Ooh Wee" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Mark Ronson". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mark Ronson feat. Ghostface Killah & Nate Dogg – Ooh Wee" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Here Comes the Fuzz". AllMusic.
  15. ^ "Mark Ronson Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.