Whip Appeal

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"Whip Appeal"
Single by Babyface
from the album Tender Lover
Released February 6, 1990
Format CD single, promo single, airplay, cassette single
Recorded 1989
Genre Quiet storm[1]
Length 4:31 (radio edit)
5:49 (album version)
Label SOLAR, Epic
Songwriter(s) Babyface, Perri "Pebbles" Reid
Producer(s) Babyface, L.A. Reid
Babyface singles chronology
"Tender Lover"
(1989) Tender Lover1989
"Whip Appeal"
(1990) Whip Appeal1990
"My Kinda Girl"
(1990) My Kinda Girl1990

"Whip Appeal" is a song by American musician Babyface. It served as the third single from his second album, Tender Lover. Written by Babyface and Perri "Pebbles" Reid, "Whip Appeal" was released on February 6, 1990 by SOLAR Records and Epic Records.


"Whip Appeal" peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in April 1990.[2] It also reached number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number 39 in Canada.[3][4] The song received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male category and a Soul Train Music Award nomination in the Best R&B/Soul Single, Male category.[5][6] In a 1990 Newsday article, journalist John Leland described the song as "suggestive but not rude" and called it "the risque love ballad that has eluded Prince the last few years."[7] This version finished at #83 on Billboard's year-end chart for 1990.


Babyface met Tracey Edmonds, his wife from 1992 to 2005, when she auditioned for a role in the "Whip Appeal" music video. "She made it but couldn't be in it because she got the chicken pox. I didn't see her again for a couple months," Babyface said. During casting for his next video, "My Kinda Girl", he recalled asking, "'Do you remember the girl who caught the chicken pox? She was real pretty.' The very next day, Tracey, her mom and brother happened to be driving down the street that I was on. It was like a 'meant to be' kind of thing."[8] The video features actress Holly Robinson Peete (she introduced herself as 'Holly Robinson'), as the sultry radio host at the beginning of the video. The music video was directed by Jim Yukich, who previously directed many videos for Phil Collins as well as his band Genesis.

Other versions[edit]

Jazz musician Charles Earland recorded a cover version of "Whip Appeal" which served as the title track from his 1990 album.[9] R&B group The Whispers performed the song on their 1997 album, Songbook, Vol. 1: The Songs of Babyface.[10] Vesta Williams covered it on her 2007 album Distant Lover.[11]


Chart (1990) Peak
Canada (RPM)[4] 39
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 6
US Adult Contemporary 36
US Hot Black Singles (Billboard)[3] 2


  1. ^ Turner, David (December 22, 2015). "Babyface: Return of the Tender Lover". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "'Whip Appeal' – Babyface". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  3. ^ a b "'Whip Appeal' (12" version) – Babyface". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  4. ^ a b "RPM 100 Singles". RPM. RPM Music Publications Ltd. 1990-05-12. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  5. ^ Cromelin, Richard; Hunt, Dennis (1991-01-11). "Grammys: Phil Collins' 8 nominations lead the pack and Quincy Jones sets a record with his 74th nod". Los Angeles Times. p. F-1. 
  6. ^ Miller, Ron (1991-03-10). "M.C. Hammer Hit with More Honors". San Jose Mercury News. p. TV-8. 
  7. ^ Leland, John (1990-03-11). "Singles Show the True Legacy of Disco". Newsday. p. 19. 
  8. ^ "Covery Story: Babyface". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. 85 (19): 61. 1994-03-14. ISSN 0021-5996. 
  9. ^ "'Whip Appeal' – Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  10. ^ "'Songbook, Vol. 1: The Songs of Babyface' – Overview". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  11. ^ Henderson, Shirley (March 2007). "Sounding Off". Ebony. Johnson Publishing Company. 62 (5): 61. ISSN 0012-9011. 

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