Still Tippin'

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"Still Tippin'"
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Single by Mike Jones featuring Slim Thug & Paul Wall
from the album Who Is Mike Jones?
Released November 12, 2004
Format CD single, 12"
Recorded 2004
Genre Trap, southern hip hop
Length 4:37 (Explicit version)
Label Asylum, Swishahouse, Warner Bros
Writer(s) Michael Allen Jones, Paul Wall, Stayve Thomas, Salih Williams
Producer(s) Salih Williams
Mike Jones singles chronology
"Still Tippin'"
(2004)
"Back Then"
(2005)
Slim Thug singles chronology
"Like a Boss"
(2004)
"Still Tippin'"
(2004)
"3 Kings"
(2005)
Paul Wall singles chronology
"Still Tippin'"
(2004)
"Sittin' Sidewayz"
(2005)

"Still Tippin" is the first official single taken from the Mike Jones' album Who Is Mike Jones?. Prior to this, it was also used in 2004 as a single to promote Swisha House's compilation album, The Day Hell Broke Loose 2

The beat was produced by Salih Williams, featuring a hypnotic refrain from a Swishahouse song of Slim Thug from years past. In an interview with MTV, Jones stated that the "tippin'" of the title is a synonym for "cruising" (i.e. driving). He also added that the following lines refer to "the spokes that you see sticking out" wrapped in vogue tires, which he states "were made in 1984 by Cadillac and those were the most popular ones at the time": "Still tippin' on four 4's[rims], wrapped in four vogues [tires]".[1] The verse "Still tippin' on four 4's" is also the slang for the Acres Homes area of Houston, TX where the 'fo-fo' comes from the METRO bus route #44 which goes through the community.

The song's music video was directed by John "Dr. Teeth" Tucker, earning him a Video Music Award nomination.[2] The last verse was given to rapper Paul Wall after a feud between Jones and fellow artist Chamillionaire, resulting in Chamillionaire's departure from Swishahouse.[citation needed]

Song versions[edit]

Original version[edit]

The version of "Still Tippin'" released on Mike Jones's album is actually a remix of the original version featuring Slim Thug, Chamillionaire and Mike Jones. When Chamillionaire and Mike Jones started their rivalry, Jones took the track, placed it on a different beat and cut Chamillionaire off it. He then got Paul Wall to record a verse and used it as a substitute for the cut verse. The original version of the song can be heard on the Rap-a-Lot Records compilation, The Day After Hell Broke Loose.

Other versions[edit]

According to CD Now, the song was released in 2003 on Swishahouse's The Day Hell Broke Loose 2 AKA Major Without A Major Deal album, but due to word of mouth, and the infamous X-rated version seen on BET: Uncut released in spring of the following year, by late 2004 the song received major radio rotations, and an edited version of the video was released. A remix of the song, called "Bitch What U Know About", features 50 Cent, Young Buck and Spider Loc. A freestyle by Ludacris is included on the mixtape The Preview called "Still Spittin'". The official remix "Still Tippin (It's a Man's World Remix)", features singer Nicole Wray, and can be found on the soundtrack of the movie, Hustle & Flow. The beat for the song "Still Tippin", was also used on Lupe Fiasco's mixtape in a song called "Switch". It is one of Lupe's most popular mixtape songs, garnering millions of views on YouTube. Underground rap group $elfMadeAllianceCashKlan freestyled over the beat to the song and titled it "Still". It has been released on their Soundcloud.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "So Who Is Mike Jones?". MTVNews. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  2. ^ Clarke, Michael D. (August 25, 2005). "Dr. Teeth chomps into Houston's rap scene". Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mike Jones – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Mike Jones. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  4. ^ "Mike Jones – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Mike Jones. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  5. ^ "Mike Jones – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Mike Jones. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - 2005". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "American single certifications – Mike Jones – Still Tippin'". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 21, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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