Watch Out Now

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"Watch Out Now"
Single by The Beatnuts
from the album A Musical Massacre
B-side "Turn It Out"
Released May 4, 1999
Format 12-inch single, Vinyl, CD
Recorded 1998
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 2:54
Label Relativity Records
Writer(s) Lester Fernandez, Jerry Tineo, Fernando Arbex
Producer(s) The Beatnuts
The Beatnuts singles chronology
"Here's a Drink"
"Watch Out Now"
"Se Acabo"

"Watch Out Now" is the first single from A Musical Massacre, a 1999 album by East Coast hip hop group The Beatnuts. It was released by Relativity Records in 1999 in both 12 inch and CD format. The song is produced by The Beatnuts and features materialistic raps by Juju and Psycho Les, as well as a chorus performed by Yellaklaw. The track's fast-paced Latin beat samples "Hi-Jack" by Enoch Light.

"Watch Out Now" is the most commercially successful Beatnuts single; it reached #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it the second Beatnuts single to appear on the pop chart. It additionally appeared on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart and Canadian Singles Chart. Its popularity landed it on two Beatnuts hits compilations: Beatnuts Forever and Classic Nuts, Vol. 1. It can additionally be found on hip hop compilations including 1999's The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 3, 2000's Louder Than Ever, Vol. 1 and 2004's Hip Hop Forever, Vol. 2. A "Watch Out Now" remix produced by Trouble Men was released as a single in France, but did not receive music video treatment as the original version did. Diane Martel directed the "Watch Out Now" music video.

Beat controversy[edit]

In 2002, Jennifer Lopez released "Jenny from the Block", a single that sampled "Hi-Jack" by Enoch Light (a song originally written by Spanish musician Fernando Arbex and was recorded by the group Barrabás for their 1974 album ¡Soltad a Barrabás!) and had a beat similar to "Watch Out Now". The Beatnuts were angry that Lopez and her song's producers, The Trackmasters and Cory Rooney, were able to top The Beatnuts' commercial success with a purportedly unoriginal song. The Beatnuts expressed their displeasure with Lopez and her producers on the 2004 song "Confused Rappers" as well as through various interviews.[1] After receiving royalties, Ju-Ju made amends and ended the feud, but Psycho Les still harbors anger for The Trackmasters.

Single track list[edit]

CD single[edit]

  1. "Watch Out Now (Clean)" (2:54)
  2. "Watch Out Now (Real)" (2:54)
  3. "Watch Out Now (Instrumental)" (2:54)
  4. "Turn It Out (Clean)" (4:34)
  5. "Turn It Out (Real)" (4:36)
  6. "Turn It Out (Instrumental)" (4:32)

US 12" vinyl[edit]


  1. "Watch Out Now (Clean)" (2:54)
  2. "Watch Out Now (Real)" (2:54)
  3. "Watch Out Now (Instrumental)" (2:54)


  1. "Turn It Out (Clean)" (4:31)
  2. "Turn It Out (Real)" (4:31)
  3. "Turn It Out (Instrumental)" (4:31)

Netherlands 12" vinyl[edit]


  1. "Watch Out Now (Real)" (2:54)


  1. "Watch Out Now (Instrumental)" (2:54)

France 12" vinyl[edit]


  1. "Watch Out Now (Trouble Men Rip-Off Remix)" (5:45)


  1. "Watch Out Now" (2:53)
  2. "Watch Out Now (Trouble Men Rip-Off Edit)" (3:40)


  1. ^ "Milk Me Review". 2004-09-01. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 

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