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Whoot There It Is – 95 South

How does this happen? Two songs in one year both hit the top 40 with the exact same chorus: Whoot There It Is (or Whoomp There It Is).

Popular music is a strange, strange thing. Whoot There It Is (or variants of the phrase) was so popular in 1993 that two bands could essentially write the same song and both make short-lived careers out of it.

Were American listeners so desperately wondering where it was that they needed two bands to tell us it was there?

The #11 chart position for 95 South and “Whoot There It Is” is the proof. And indeed, here it is for your ears to hear and compare with Tag Team’s “Whoomp There It Is.”

The big differences between the two songs?

  • 95 South was a duo. And Tag Team was…a…duo.
  • 95 South was from Miami. And Tag Team was from Atlanta.
  • “Whoop There It Is” by Tag Team landed at #1 on the Billboard Top 40 while “Whoot There It Is” never even reached the top 10 (#11 was its peak position).

Listen to “Whoot There It Is” by 95 South

95-south-Whoot-There-It-Is.mp3

Song Confusion Leads to Top 40 Success

How did two versions of the same idea hit the charts at the same time without anyone noticing the difference?

One word: confusion.

We’re confident at least 50 percent of the people who went to their local CD store to purchase “Whoot There It Is” ended up going home with “Whoomp There It Is.” And that 50 percent either didn’t recognize they actually had purchased a different song than they had intended or they were simply was too embarrassed to admit they actually had purchased a different song than they wanted.

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But did it really matter? Not a bit. Because the moment you dropped the beat on the dance floor for either version, the crowd started jumping and screaming “Whoop There It Is” (or “Whoot” perhaps if you attended an Ivy League school).

Personally, if I was in 95 South, I would send Tag Team a holiday greeting card every year. Because without their version of “Whoomp There It Is” I think there is little chance we would be talking about 95 South today.

Or vice versa. We can’t decide.

Whoot There It Is lyrics by 95 South

Excuse me, Sonny.
You know where I can find some booty?

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)

On the floor with the girl in the blue (yeah)
I got a pocket full of chance so what you gonna doTurn around and let me peek
And let’s play a little game of hide-and-seek
Show me now how to get into this
A twenty dollar bill that’s nice and crisp
What you gotta do: work
Shake it down and watch me go berserk
You know just what I’m talkin’ about
Pop that thing move it in and out (like that)Get on the stage and work that chap
And yo fellas where the booty at?
Whoot, there it is
(One more gain, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(All my friends, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(All the fellas, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(Everybody, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is
(One more gain, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(All my friends, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(All the fellas, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(Everybody, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is
Like a hitter, like a hitter, like a hitter, uh
Boy like a hitter
Like a hitter, like a hitter, like a hitter, uh
Boy like a hitter
Like a hitter, like a hitter, like a hitter, uh
Boy like a hitter
Excuse me, Sonny. You know where I canFind some booty?
(Whoot, there it is)
Find some booty?
(Whoot, there it is)
Find some booty?
(Whoot, there it is)
Find some booty?
(Whoot, there it is)

Ooh-e ooo e, look at that booty
Ooh-e ooo e, Excuse me Sonny
Ooh-e ooo e, look at that booty
Ooh-e ooo e, Excuse me Sonny

Ooh-e, uh, look at that booty
Ooh-e, uh, look at that booty
Ooh-e, uh, look at that booty (come on, come on)
Ooh-e, uh, look at that booty (yeah baby baby)

Whoot, whoot,
Work that thing like a real dealer, come on
Whoot, whoot,
Work that thing like a real dealer, come on
Whoot, whoot,
Work that thing like a real dealer, come on
Whoot, whoot,
Work that thing like a real dealer, come on

Whoot, there it is (come on, come on, come on)
Whoot, there it is (let me hear you say it)
Whoot, there it is (yeah everybody)
Whoot, there it is (yeah I like that)
Whoot, there it is (I see you like that)
Whoot, there it is (come on, everybody)
Whoot, there it is (I like that)
Whoot, there it is (come on, come on, come on)

Like a hitter, like a hitter, like a hitter, uh
Boy like a hitter
Like a hitter, like a hitter, like a hitter, uh
Boy like a hitter
Like a hitter, like a hitter, like a hitter, uh
Boy like a hitter

Come on, say you get on the floor
Work that thing till it works no more
Shake it just like a salt shaker
You gotta work that big mutha-faker
If you wanna get paid
You gotta sing that big old thing on the stage
Make em fellas go wild
Work that thing like it’s going out of style
Girl you look so cute
With your long boots and your G-string suit
Got on the stage and work that chap
And yo fellas where the booty at
Whoot, there it is
Whoot, there it is
Whoot, there
Whoot, there
Whoot, whoot, whoot, whoot, whoot there it is

(All the fellas, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(Let me know where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(All the ladies, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(Let me know where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(All the fellas, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(Let me know where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(All the ladies, where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is(Let me know where the booty at)
Whoot, there it is
Whoot, there it isWhoot, whoot, whoot there it is
Whoot, there it isWhoot, whoot, whoot there it is
Whoot, there it isWhoot, whoot, whoot there it is
Whoot, whoot there it isWhoot, whoot, whoot there it is

Whoot, there it isWhoot, whoot, whoot there it is
Whoot, there it isWhoot, whoot, whoot there it is
Whoot, there it isWhoot, whoot, whoot there it is
Whoot, there it isWhoot, whoot, whoot there it is

Ooh-e, uh, look at that booty
Ooh-e, uh, look at that booty
Ooh-e, uh, look at that booty (come on, come on)
Ooh-e, uh, look at that booty (yeah baby baby)

Work that thing – work that chap… Whoot!
Hey, hey you damn kids… get off my lawn!!

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2 Responses to "Whoot There It Is – 95 South"

  1. Michael Waterman says:

    Great interview, Diggie. Thanks for sending the link. I’ll add to the Whoot There It Is article.
    Michael

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