Shoop (song)

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Single by Salt-N-Pepa
from the album Very Necessary
Released September 21, 1993
Recorded 1993
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:07
Label Next Plateau
Salt-N-Pepa chronology
"Start Me Up"
"Whatta Man"

"Shoop" is the lead single released from Salt-N-Pepa's fourth studio album, Very Necessary. It was produced by Mark Sparks and group member Salt. The song features an uncredited verse by rapper Big Twan.

Released late in 1993, the song became one of the group's most successful singles, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Hot Rap Singles chart at number one (their second single to do so). Two months after its release, "Shoop" was certified gold by the RIAA; it went on to sell 800,000 copies.[1][2] The success of both this single and the follow-up single, "Whatta Man" propelled Very Necessary to sell over five million copies in the US, becoming the group's best-selling album.

This song uses a sample of the Ike Turner-penned "I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)" by The Ikettes.

According to the liner notes for It's De Lovely - The Authentic Cole Porter Collection, the line "the voodoo that you do so well" was quoted from Cole Porter's 1929 song "You Do Something to Me".[3]

The song was used in the 2016 superhero film Deadpool, as well as in the film's trailer. It was also heard on Lip Sync Battle where Alison Brie sung this.

Music video[edit]

The music video of the song was filmed at Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC. Cameo appearances by R. Kelly, Jodeci, Johnny Gill, A Tribe Called Quest, Blackstreet and Keith Sweat are included.

Track listings and formats[edit]

Maxi single
  1. Shoop - (LP version)
  2. Shoop - (Guru's version)
  3. Shoop - (Danny D's R & B mix)
  4. Let's Talk About AIDS
  5. Shoop - (TRUE instrumental)
  6. Shoop - (a cappella)
  7. Emphatically No
  8. I've Got AIDS - (public service announcement)


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Australia 2[4]
Canada Dance/Urban (RPM)[5] 5
Billboard Hot 100 4[6]
Billboard Hot R&B Singles 3[7]
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1[citation needed]
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 15[citation needed]
UK Top 40 Singles 13[8]

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (1994) Position
Australia[9] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 29


  1. ^ "American certifications – Salt 'N Pepa – Shoop". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  2. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ Friedwald, Will (2004). Bluebird Presents: It's De Lovely - The Authentic Cole Porter Collection (liner notes). New York: BMG Music. p. 6. "We don't even need the additional evidence of rock and country artists doing albums of standards that include Porter songs, or the recent rap hit "Shoop" which quotes the phrase "the voodoo that you do so well" from Porter's 1929 'You Do Something To Me.'"
  4. ^ " - Australian charts portal". Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  5. ^ Canada Dance Peak
  6. ^ Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 510. 
  8. ^ SALT 'N' PEPA | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1994". Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Retrieved 2011-12-22.