Chart Performance: Pop (#11) & R&B (#7); 1993
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
“Whoot” or “Whoomp?” Confusion among two similarly-titled songs from Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is) – and 95 South – Whoot, There It Is – is understandable. Both were based on an expression that was taking the South by storm. Starting out as a chant designed to spur on the hometown basketball team, Whoomp was quickly adopted by club deejays. Enter Nathaniel “C.C. Lemonhead” Orange and Johnny “Jay Ski” McGowan. Already passionate producers of speaker-rattling Miami Bass, the two crafted Whoot, There It Is around the popular phrase and a sample from 1983’s Looking For The Perfect Beat by Afrika Bambaataa. Whoot hit the streets first, beating Whoomp onto the R&B chart by five weeks. Throughout the late summer Whoot and Whoomp danced around the R&B and Pop charts together, with Whoot topping out at #7 R&B and #11 Pop, and selling over a million copies.
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- The Bass Mechanics
Lyrics Written by:
- C.C. Lemonhead
- Jay Ski