Blow the Whistle (song)

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"Blow the Whistle"
Single by Too $hort
from the album Blow the Whistle
ReleasedMarch 7, 2006
GenreHip hop
LabelUp All Night/Jive
Songwriter(s)Todd Shaw
Producer(s)Lil Jon
Too $hort singles chronology
"The Ghetto"
"Blow the Whistle"

"Blow the Whistle" is the first single from Oakland rapper Too $hort's 16th album Blow the Whistle. It was produced by Lil Jon. The song features a refrain of the words "blow the whistle," followed by a series of whistle blasts. Despite not charting on the Billboard Hot 100, it is considered his signature song[1] and is his most popular song as a solo artist as of 2017.

Sampling[edit | edit source]

Canadian rapper Drake sampled the beat and paid homage to the intro lyrics on DJ Khaled's hit single "For Free".[2]
American rapper and fellow Bay Area native Saweetie sampled the beat on her 2020 single "Tap In". Too Short gave her his blessing to use the sample.[3]

Usage in media[edit | edit source]

During the 2008 NBA Playoff series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards, Jay-Z made a freestyle to this called "Playoff",[4] responding to negative comments by DeShawn Stevenson on behalf of LeBron James. It was also featured on the soundtrack of NBA 2K13.[5] The song is considered a staple for American strip clubs.

The song was also featured in an episode of the HBO show, Euphoria, starring Zendaya.

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2006) Peak
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 70
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[7] 21

References[edit | edit source]

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