What You Know

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"What You Know"
T.I. - What You Know.jpg
Single by T.I.
from the album King
Released January 28, 2006; 11 years ago (2006-01-28)
Format
Recorded 2005; 12 years ago (2005)
Genre
Length 4:34 (album version)
4:08 (radio version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) DJ Toomp
T.I. singles chronology
"Front Back"
(2005)
"What You Know"
(2006)
"Why You Wanna"
(2006)
"Front Back"
(2005)
"What You Know"
(2006)
"Why You Wanna"
(2006)

"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 U.S. and was certified double platinum by the RIAA following shipment in excess of 2 million copies.

Background[edit]

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.

Composition[edit]

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.

Remixes[edit]

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.

Accolades[edit]

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 the at-bat music for MLB player Joe Mauer.
  • The song was used as the entrance song for Kendall Grove at UFC 101.
  • The song was used at Turner Field whenever Édgar 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 performance[edit]

"What You Know" peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also peaked at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. It spent a total of 20 weeks on the Hot 100 chart. The song was eventually certified double platinum for sales of over two million copies in the United States.

Charts[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 1
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[7] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[8] 10
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

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[9] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

References[edit]

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

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