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Rump Shaker – Wreckx n’ Effect

As we observed in our erudite analysis of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 classic “Baby Got Back,” 1992 was the International Year of The Booty. It was an election year, and the beginning of President Bill Clinton’s White House reign – an era fondly recalled for its economic prosperity and booty calls. At least someone must have believed the booty call’s time had come because how else can you explain not one, but two Billboard Top 40 hits that rhapsodize the backside in the same year?

And these aren’t just top 40 hits. These are genuine hip hop one-hit wonders that reached #1 and #2 on the Billboard Top 40 respectively.

While “Baby Got Back” today gets most of the love and attention, for a pure groove and lyrical depth, we favor “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx n’ Effect. Really, how can you argue with a chorus like this:
All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom
and a poom-poom – JUST SHAKE YA RUMP (rump shaker)

These are life-changing words. The kind of prose Hemingway or T.S. Elliott or Robert Frost labored to write.

Okay, we’re kidding. But I defy you to not bounce your head along with the beat when “Rump Shaker” kicks in. It’s humanly impossible unless you are completely devoid of rhythm or soul.

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Let’s talk about Wreckx n’ Effect

Wreckx n’ Effect unleashed their second album Hard or Smooth on an unsuspecting public in 1992. It not only produced the multi-platinum-selling, #2 Billboard hit single “Rump Shaker,” but sold nearly 2 million copies and landed at #9 on the Billboard Top 200. As you might expect, Wreckx n’ Effect was blasted by critics for their sexist lyrics and exploitative video for “Rump Shaker.” But the boys didn’t care. They rode that single all the way to the bank.

Two years later, Wreckx n’ Effect was finished. But multi-platinum seller Pharrell penned a verse in this early new jack/hip hop hit while his future production partner Chad Hugo manned the board and built the sounds of “Rump Shaker.” Pharrell and Hugo went on to become The Neptunes and made millions penning tracks and producing Grammy-award-winning songs for Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Nelly (among a few of the big names).

Quite a pedigree for what some would characterize as a silly little booty song.

Listen to “Rump Shaker” by Wreckx n’ Effect

Rump Shaker lyrics

Yeah..
All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom
and a poom-poom – JUST SHAKE YA RUMP

[repeat 4X]
All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom
and a poom-poom – JUST SHAKE YA RUMP (rump shaker)

Check baby check baby one two three four
Check baby check baby one two three
Check baby check baby one two
Check baby check baby one

[Verse One: A Plus]
It’s called the rump shaker, the beats is like sweeter than candy
I’m feelin manly and your shaker’s comin in handy
Slide em across(??) from New York down by your Virginia
Ticklin you around Delware before I enter
Turn to seduction from face hips to feet
A wiggle and a jiggle can make the night complete
Now since you got the body of the year, come and get the award
Here’s a hint – it’s like a long sharp sword
Flip tail, so let me see you shake it up like dice
The way you shake your rump is turnin mighty men to mice
But A Plus got a surprise that’s a back breaker
Now let me see you shake your rump like a rump shaker

[repeat 4X]
All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom
and a poom-poom – JUST SHAKE YA RUMP (rump shaker)

Check baby check baby one two three four
Check baby check baby one two three
Check baby check baby one two
Check baby check baby one

[Verse Two: Teddy Riley]
Yup yup it’s Teddy, ready with the one-two checker
Wreckx-N-Effect is in effects but I’m the wrecker
of the track ’bout the honey shakin rumps and they backs in
Booties of the cuties steady shakin but relaxin
The action, is packed in a jam like a closet
Beats bound to get you up, cold flowin like a faucet
Not mean to make you sit, not mean to make you jump
but yep make the hotties in the party shake your rump
I like the way you comb your hair (UH!)
I like the stylish clothes you wear (UH!)
It’s just the little things you do (UH!)
that makes me wanna get with you (UH!)

[repeat 4X]
All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom
and a poom-poom – JUST SHAKE YA RUMP (rump shaker)

[Verse Three: Markell Riley]
Shake it, shake it, shake it now SHAKE IT
She can spend every birthday butt NAKED
Body is soft, makin me wanna SQUISH HER
More just than a game, a rumper like a sub-WOOFER
Shake it to the left (SHAKE IT) shake it to the RIGHT
I don’t mind stickin it to her every single NIGHT
Come on, pass the poom poom, send it to POPPA
Shake it baby shake it baby shake it don’t STOPPA
Let me see you do the booty hop (HOP)
and now make the booty STOP
Now drop and do the booty wop (ooooooh)
The way you shakin your reals, will(?) appeal(?)
is makin (??), OF A WHOLE LOT OF BILLS
But I ain’t into trickin, just to treatin
and I ain’t into treatin every trick that I’m meetin
(Nah nah nah na nah nah nah)
Yeah, SHAKE IT BABY, SHAKE IT NOW SHAKE IT LIKE THAT

[repeat 4X]
All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom
and a poom-poom – JUST SHAKE YA RUMP (rump shaker)

Check baby check baby one two three four
Check baby check baby one two three
Check baby check baby one two
Check baby check baby one, one
Check baby check baby one two three four
Check baby check baby one two three
Check baby check baby one two
Check baby check baby one, one

[repeat 4X]
All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom
and a poom-poom – JUST SHAKE YA RUMP (rump shaker)

Check baby check baby one two three four
Check baby check baby one two three
Check baby check baby one two
Check baby check baby one, one
Check baby check baby one two three four
Check baby check baby one two three
Check baby check baby one two
Check baby check baby one, one

[repeat 2X]
All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom
and a poom-poom – JUST SHAKE YA RUMP (rump shaker)

All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom
All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom – JUST SHAKE YA RUMP
All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom
and a poom-poom – JUST SHAKE YA RUMP (rump shaker)
Break it down..
Uhh, yeah.. – JUST SHAKE YA RUMP
W-N-E
Uhh, yeah..
is in effect
Uhh, yeah..
Peace
Peace..
And we out..

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