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The goal in writing “Whoomp! (There It Is)” was not to make the most amazing song in the world. DC and Steve simply wanted to make a good bass record that would fit the geographic area in which they lived. To achieve this goal, Steve created the beat using the sample from “I’m Ready” by Kano and DC got to work on the rhymes. He settled on lyrics he’d been working on based on a party chant that was popular in the clubs at the time. Painting a vivid picture of DC’s reality in the club was the genesis paramount to the narrative of the song: The scene is Friday night, Magic City summer of ’92. Players playing and ballers balling and all the girls making money shouting “Whoomp! There it is!”
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As inspiration struck, DC quickly wrote three eight-measure verses and Steve wrote two. They knew the song was coming together, but DC wanted to add some personal touches. As the head DJ at Magic City at the time, he wanted to pay homage to the girls and the club where he hustled and made money, so he wrote the last verse as a dedication to his beloved co-workers at the world-famous Magic City Adult Entertainment Club.
The foundation of the song was set, but as Tag Team started laying track, they realized they needed to up the excitement level. They decided to add two eight-measure bridges to inject some call and response enthusiasm into the song. The result? The now classic “Shaka locka” and “Can you dig it” bridges. But the intro needed something a little extra and DC conceived the perfect solution…and with a thunderous roar, he bellowed what become two of the most infamous words in early hip-hop b-boy electronica music: “Party People!” With that and a few energetic ad libs and background crowd enhancements, the song was complete and down on a cassette as a rough mix.
Scoop, Boom, Whoops, Oop, Oh, Whoop, Hoop, Swoop, Whomp-There It Is
The Spring of 1993
WHOOMP THERE IT IS RELEASE DATE
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DC was working at Magic City that evening and he knew it was the perfect testing ground for the just-completed track. As soon as he lugged his records through the back door of the club and got set up, he popped the cassette in. And at 8:08 on a Thursday evening in August, 1992 “Whoomp! (There It Is)” was born. As soon as the beat dropped, everyone in the club could feel that something different was happening. Something extraordinary.
Heads started bobbing a little harder. Booties began shaking with a little more jiggle. And as DC watched the club-goers react to the song, he knew he had something special. By the end of the song, people were mobbing his booth and asking, “What the hell was that?!” DC knew they had a hit. In the era before cell phones, he had to wait until the next day to call Steve and tell him the news. When Steve heard, he had a sigh of relief because Tag Team’s transition into this new musical genre was validated and complete.
STEVE ROLLN AKA STEPHEN GIBSON
DC THE BRAIN SUPREME AKA DC GLENN
WHO SINGS WHOOMP THERE IT IS?
POP CULTURE TRIVIA
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When “Whoomp!” came on, it was like the track was brand new again. Everyone went wild. And what DC didn’t know at the time was that a Columbia Records rep named Alan Cole was in the club when the song was unveiled for a second time. Alan was so excited about the song that he requested a copy to send to New York. However, it was difficult for southern bass artists to be taken seriously by major record labels in those days and, as time went by and there was no response from New York, Tag Team got frustrated enough to finally put the record out themselves.
On February 5, 1993, Tag Team initiated copyrighting and obtaining sample clearances for “Whoomp!”. The group pressed up 500 cassingles and put them in one store in the West End mall. As (bad) luck would have it, that weekend was the blizzard of 1993 that shut down the city of Atlanta for a week. But to Tag Team’s surprise, they had sold out all of the copies in four days even with the storm. Even though this was a success, DC was still at his wit’s end trying to secure a deal with one of the major record labels and getting nothing but the runaround.
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Then a good friend of his Lisa McCall, who worked at Mercury Records suggested he might want to connect with legendary Staxxx records mogul Al Bell. In 1992, Al had signed Deuce, the artist behind the hit “Daisy Dukes”. Al knew how to break bass records nationally. So DC called and left a message, hoping to get a call back. A week later, Al Bell called DC Glenn and a historic conversation began.
DC explained to Mr. Bell he was a top DJ in Atlanta and he had a hit record that had been tested for success. He implored Al to take the record seriously because, as a DJ, he knew these types of records didn’t come around often. After DC finished his pitch, Al Bell said, “Okay, let’s do it. Let’s agree to agree.” DC replied, “But you haven’t heard the record.” Bell replied with the words DC remembers to this day: “I don’t have to hear the record, DC. I hear it in your spirit brutha.”
Two weeks later, DC and Steve were signed to Bellmark records. DC gave his two weeks notice at Magic. Two months later, “Whoomp! There It Is” was platinum…and the rest is hip hop history.
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