Woo! Yeah!

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The loop as heard on the original single, "Think (About It)" with the follow-up lyric.

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Woo! Yeah! is a drum break which includes James Brown's ("Woo!") and Bobby Byrd's ("Yeah!") voices which has been repeatedly used in popular music, often in the form of a loop. The drum break was performed by John "Jabo" Starks. It originates from the 1972 Lyn Collins recording "Think (About It)", a song written and produced by Brown, and is one of 5 breaks contained in the recording.[citation needed]

Background and impact[edit]

"Woo! Yeah!" was probably first used as a loop by Cookie Crew (in "Females") but got major airplay and attention used as the backing loop for the 1988 platinum-selling hit "It Takes Two" by MC Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, which is almost entirely composed of sampled parts from "Think (About It)".

The number of artists who have used "Woo! Yeah!" in songs numbers in the hundreds – it became almost ubiquitous in dance and hip hop records during the late 1980s and early 1990s. It has also found its way into the title screen of Action 52 on the NES, the "Jungle Chase" level of Super Adventure Island on the SNES, and "Jazzy NYC Underground Edit" (Alex's Theme) as well as the continue screen of Street Fighter III: New Generation. The sample was also used during many of the Chao races in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, and during some of the tracks from the AirBlade soundtrack.

Songs that use either all or part of the "Woo! Yeah!" loop[1][edit]

  • Cookie Crew – "Females" (1987)
  • Roxanne Shanté – "Go on Girl" (1988)
  • Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock – "It Takes Two" (1988)
  • Simon Harris – "Bass! How Low Can You Go?" (1988)
  • Fast Eddie – "Yo Yo Get Funky" (1988)
  • Tyree Cooper – "Turn Up the Bass" (1988)
  • Age Pee feat. Shipra - "No Hip Hop" (1989)
  • Bravo & DJ's – "Difacil Rap" (1989)
  • Beatmasters feat. MC Merlin - "Who's in the House" (1989)
  • Slick Rick – "Children's Story" (1989)
  • FPI Project - "Rich in Paradise" (1989)
  • Hi Tek 3 feat. Ya Kid K – "Spin That Wheel" (1989)
  • Mister Mixi & Skinny Scotty - "I Can Handle It" (1989)
  • Out Of The Ordinary - "Play It Again" (The Los Niños Mix) (1989)
  • Raul Orellana - "The Real Wild House" (1989)
  • Don Pablo's Animals - "Venus" (1989)



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