Put It On

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"Put It On"
Put it on cover.jpeg
12" Vinyl cover
Single by Big L featuring Kid Capri
from the album Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
Released November 13, 1994 (1994-11-13)
Format CD
Recorded 1994
Genre East coast hip hop
Length 3:42
Label Columbia, Sony
Songwriter(s) Lamont Coleman, Roy Ayers, Anthony Best
Producer(s) Buckwild
Big L singles chronology
"Put It On"
"Put It On"
Kid Capri singles chronology
"Joke's On You Jack"
(1991) Joke's On You Jack1991
"Put It On"
(1995) Put It On1995
(1998) Unify1998
Music video
"Put It On" on YouTube

"Put It On" is a song recorded by American rapper Big L, and features American rapper Kid Capri. The track was produced by Buckwild for L's debut studio album, Lifestylez ov da Poor and Dangerous (1995). The song was written by Coleman, Roy Ayers and Anthony Best. The song was released on November 13, 1994 as the first single from the album through Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment.

In an interview with HipHop DX, Lord Finesse described "Put It On":

[Columbia Records] wanted something with a hook that would be kinda catchy, and something they could get radio play with. Like, everything [L] did was dark, and it was gangsta, and it was…what was the [popular style at the time]? Horror-core. So they needed something bright, something friendly. And “Put It On” just matched everything perfect . . . “Put it on,” the slang…was like… “do your thing.” “Put it on Big L, put it on…” [meaning] you gotta do your thing, you gotta represent.[1]

It was also sampled in dubstep artist Datsik's song "Firepower".

Track listing[edit]

12" Vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Put It On" (Main Mix) 3:36
2. "Put It On" (Instrumental) 3:37
3. "Put It On" (Radio Edit) 3:38
4. "Put It On" (A capella) 3:12


Chart (1995) Peak
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales (Billboard)[2] 12
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 81


  1. ^ Arnold, Paul W. (30 July 2010). "Lord Finesse Breaks Down Big L's "Lifestyez ov da Poor and Dangerous". HipHop DX. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "allmusic ((( Big L > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Big L – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Big L. Retrieved March 19, 2011.