Tell Me When to Go

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"Tell Me When to Go"
Tell Me When To Go - E-40.jpg
Single by E-40 featuring Keak da Sneak
from the album My Ghetto Report Card
Released February 1, 2006
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2005
Genre West Coast hip hop
Length 3:57
Label BME, Asylum
Writer(s) Earl Stevens, Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels
Producer(s) Lil Jon
E-40 singles chronology
"Snap Yo Fingers"
"Tell Me When to Go"
"U and Dat"
Keak da Sneak singles chronology
- "Tell Me When to Go"
"Fast (Like a Nascar)"

"Tell Me When to Go" is the first single from E-40's BME/Warner Bros. debut, My Ghetto Report Card. Keak da Sneak is also featured on the track. It was produced by Lil Jon, and one of the first singles to kick off the hyphy movement on a national level and popularized the phrase "ghost ride the whip".[1] The song reached #35 in the U.S. and eventually was certified Gold by the RIAA.

The song samples "Dumb Girl" by Run-DMC.

Music video[edit]

The music video features cameo appearances from D-Shot, Dem Hoodstarz, Haji Springer, Too Short, Lil' Jon, Rick Rock, The Federation, Battle Loco, Lil' Scrappy, J. Valentine, Mistah F.A.B., Big Rich, Turf Talk, The Crest Creepaz and Frank D.

Live performances[edit]

"Tell Me When to Go" was performed live, the day before the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in a club in New York City. This performance featured E-40 and Lil Jon rapping, while a rock instrumental was played by Metal Skool. The event was held at Snitch, a rock-themed club.


Chart (2006) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 35
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[3] 50
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[4] 37
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[5] 8


The official remix features a new verse from E-40 and features Kanye West, Ice Cube, and The Game.

The "Super Hyphy Remix" includes the features the entire Hyphy roster. It features Too Short, B-Legit, Clyde Carson, Turf Talk, Richie Rich, San Quinn, The Federation, Hoodstarz, Messy Marv, Mistah F.A.B., Yukmouth, Big Rich, PSD, J-Diggs and Balance. At the start of the song, E-40 proclaims "RIP Mac Dre, Dre you supposed to be on this one baby", referring to rapper Mac Dre, who is considered the originator of the Hyphy Movement.

Another remix was done by Chingo Bling entitled "Tell Me When to Go (Remix)" from the album "They All Want Him, But who Can Afford Him"


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000double-dagger

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


  1. ^ Ghost-riding: Another bad idea from California. Paul Farhi, Washington Post. January 8, 2007. Last accessed January 10, 2007.
  2. ^ "E-40 – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for E-40. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "My Ghetto Report Card - E-40". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ "E-40 – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for E-40. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "E-40 – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for E-40. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – E-40 – Tell Me When To Go". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 31, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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