What You Know

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"What You Know"
Single by T.I.
from the album King
Released January 28, 2006 (2006-01-28)
Recorded 2005
Length 4:34 (album version)
4:08 (radio version)
Producer(s) DJ Toomp
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA) [1]
T.I. singles chronology
"Front Back"
"What You Know"
"Why You Wanna"

"What You Know" is a Grammy Award-winning hip hop song by Southern hip hop recording artist T.I., released as the lead single from his fourth studio album King (2006). The song peaked at number three in the US and was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA following shipment in excess of 2,000,000 copies.


The song is produced by T.I.'s frequent collaborator DJ Toomp, from Zone Boy Productions, with additional keys by Wonder Arillo. It utilizes an interpolation of Roberta Flack's version of The Impressions's "Gone Away" and of the song "Hey Joe", written by Billy Roberts but popularized by Jimi Hendrix.


The song is in E minor. The melody line is G, B, E, B-D-B-A-G-E-A-G-E-D-D-E-B-D-A-B-G-A, E.


American rappers Juelz Santana and J.R Writer, of Dipset, recorded a remix of this song entitled "What You Know (About That Crack)". American rapper Papoose recorded a freestyle over the song entitled "What You Know (About Pap)". American rapper Lil Wayne also recorded a remix of "What You Know", which can be found on his mixtape Dedication 2.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song was used in promotion of the film ATL, in which T.I. stars.
  • Japanese professional wrestler KENTA used an instrumental of the song as his entrance theme.
  • The song is played at Target Field whenever All-Star Joe Mauer comes to bat. Mauer has won three batting titles and an 2009 MVP Award while having "What You Know" as his music. The year he changed the song, 2007, he failed to win a batting title and switched back in 2008 to "What You Know" and has won back-to-back titles since.
  • The song was used as the entrance song for Kendall Grove at UFC 101.
  • The song was used at Turner Field whenever Edgar Rentería came up to bat during the 2006 season.
  • The song is used at the beginning of Rich Turpin's "Whatcha Know?" segment on BT Sports Radio.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[5] 10


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[6] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

Awards and accolades[edit]


  1. ^ RIAA T.I. gold & platinum dataRIAA. Accessed October 11.
  2. ^ "T.I. – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for T.I.. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "T.I. – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for T.I.. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "T.I. – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for T.I.. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "T.I. – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for T.I.. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – T.I. – What You Know". Recording Industry Association of America. December 12, 2006. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  7. ^ MuchMusic.com | Holiday Wrap 2006
  8. ^ The Top 100 Tracks of 2006 | Pitchfork
  9. ^ What You Know | Pitchfork
  10. ^ Acclaimed Music

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Preceded by
"Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
April 22, 2006 - May 27, 2006
Succeeded by
"It's Goin' Down" by Yung Joc featuring Nitti