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Whoomp! (There It Is) – Tag Team


For the whole history of how two songs with the same idea and chorus become top 20 Billboard hits in the same year, please read our academic analysis of the vicissitudes of life that made “Whoomp There It Is” or the slightly different “Whoot There It Is” the catchphrase of 1993.

But to keep it short and simple, we’re absolutely convinced that at least half the people who bought “Whoomp There It Is” by Tag Team thought they were buying “Whoot There It Is” by 95 South.

And can you really blame them?

Here is the chorus from 95 South’s “Whoot There It Is”:
Whoot, there it is (let me hear you say it)
Whoot, there it is (yeah, I like that)
Whoot, there it is (a little louder)
Whoot, there it is (yeah)
Whoot, there it is (come on, come on yeah)
Whoot, there it is (I like that, come on)
Whoot, there it is (yeah)
Whoot, there it is (baby baby)


Now here is Tag Team’s version:

Whoomp there it is
Hit me
Whoomp there it is
Hit me
Whoomp there it is
Hit me
Whoomp there it is
Hit me

Listen to “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by Tag Team

tag-team-Whoomp-There-It-Is).mp3

What really mattered is that people loved the song and started dancing and bellowing “Whoomp there It Is” whenever the song was played. People loved it so much, “Whoomp there It Is” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. And it still moves people today.

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Try this at home: wait until everyone is settled in at your latest dinner party. Drop on “Whoomp There It Is” and I’m certain heads will start bobbing, butts will start bouncing and the party will be on. At least until your self-ascribed music critic friend who is wearing stylish eyeglasses, black jeans and a post-modern-I’m-so-ironic 1970s t-shirt starts criticizing the song as a silly, popular trifle that isn’t worthy of anything more that his pseudo-intellectual scorn. We say let your pretentious buddy preach. We know deep down he loves it.

So do we for all its simplicity and stealth in becoming a hip-hop one-hit wonder that everyone knows. Yet no one is quite sure who actually sings the song. And we’re still not sure who should get credit for the phrase “Whoomp There It Is.”

Whoomp There It Is lyrics by Tag Team

Party people
Yeah Tag Team music
In Full Effect
That’s me DC the Brain Supreme
And my man Steve Roll’n
We’re kicking the flow we’re kickin’ the flow
And it goes a little somethin’ like this
Tag Team back again
check and direct and let’s begin
Party on party people let me hear some noise
DC’s in the house jump jump rejoice
There’s a party over here
a party over there
Wave your hands in the air
Shake your deriere
These three words when you’re gettin’ busy
Whoomp there it is
Hit me

Upside down and inside out
I’m about to show all you folks
What’s it’s all about
Now it’s time for a brother to get on the mic
And make this mother party hype
I’m takeing it back to the old school
‘Cause I’m an old fool who’s so cool
If you want to get down
I’m gonna show you the way whoomp there it is
Let me hear you say

Whoomp chak a laka chack a laka chak a laka chak a (repeat 4 times)

Point blank gin and juice I drank
Gettin’ bent and bent and as I puff on a dankt
Rock a mic
uh oh I crave skin
Rip shit
find a honey to to dip it in
Slam dunk it stick it flip it and ride
That B O double T Y oh my
Ooh thats it come on come on
Whoomp there it is
I’m done

Some say I’m crazy
Cause I’m pushin’ up daises
The underground sound that you have found
Amazing outstanding demanding
Commanding you people dancin’
Shit that’s a breath taker
I produce AKA the undertaker
You want to come down to the underground
Old school – here’s a shovel can you dig it fool
Can you dig it
we can dig it
Can y’ll dig it
we can dig it

W H double O M P as I flow
To the fly shit from the school of old
Hardcore keep the folk lore wreck
Three to the two and one mic-check
Mad skill flow ill on the mesh of steel
That’s the grill of the microphone I just killed
Party people it’s your party Tag Team is through
Whoomp there it is I thought you knew

Yeah Tag Team music comin’ straight atcha
That’s me DC the brain supreme
And my man Steve Roll’n
Bring it back ya’ll bring it back ya’ll bring it back
Here we go

Whoomp there it is

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