Booti Call – BLACKstreet | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (34) & R&B (#14); 1994

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Between 1987 and 1993 a hot combination of R&B and hip-hop called “new jack swing,” ruled urban radio playlists. Its architect was Teddy Riley, who produced Keith Sweat’s breakthrough album and debut single. I Want Her held down the #1 R&B slot for three weeks and crossed over to the pop Top 5, sparking a run of 11 straight Top 10 R&B hits for Keith. In 1988 Riley’s funk-influenced group, Guy, became new jack swing’s main proponent, placing seven singles in the R&B Top 5. Along the way the ever-creative Riley also worked on records by artists such as Bobby Brown, Heavy D & The Boyz, and Michael Jackson. By 1993, Guy was already history, and Riley was itching to get back into performing. Toward that end he formed BLACKstreet and reached #17 with Baby Be Mine. Booti Call, the follow-up single, built on classic 1983 funk riffs from George Clinton (Atomic Dog) and Zapp (Heartbreaker), and rode them to #14.

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Produced by:

  • Markell Riley
  • Teddy Riley
  • Erick Sermon

Lyrics Written by:

  • George Clinton
  • Antwone Dickey
  • Leon F. Sylvers III
  • Markell Riley
  • Teddy Riley
  • Erick Sermon
  • Garry Shider
  • David Spradley
  • Larry Troutman
  • Roger Troutman