Remember the early to mid 2000’s in hip-hop? About ten years ago, before the rap world was Drake/Future influenced, we were consumed by white tall tees, big rims, dance songs and big bootys. Which showed true in rap videos at that time. My favorite reminder of this is Rich Boy’s “Throw Some D’s.”
Ya’ll remember that? The song started smooth with, “..I used to think about immature things…” and then shortly after the beat dropped, and if you were in the club – your booty (or your partner’s) dropped too. This was the anthem for 2006 – when Rich Boy popped up on the rap scene with the biggest one hit wonder of the decade.
And let’s not forget, it was also Keri Hilson’s debut appearance as a video girl.
Released on Interscope Records and Zone 4 ENT in late summer 2006, “Throw Some D’s” was the first hit single from his debut, self titled album, “Rich Boy.” Featuring Polow da Don, the hit went platinum with every body and their mama making remixes and jokes to the song. Like Soulja Boy, on his track, “Report Card” where he wanted to “Throw Some D’s” on it since he flunked. Or what about the “Throe Sum Cheez,” mix from that one Rob & Big episode? (I know I’m not the only one who watched that show.)
In 2007, the song hit #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 – but peaked higher on strictly hip hop charts. After all the song’s success, it also went platinum, certified by the RIAA. Not only that, but you know they had to come back with the remix.
Starting off the sample with Lil Jon’s “WAIT A MINUTE MUTHAFUCKAS,” marks the sign of the remix. The line-up starts with Andre 3K, who has the hardest bars of the whole song. Till this day, I’ll play only Andre’s part. (I could care less about Jim Jones and Murphy Lee – who also have parts on the track.)
IN CASE YOU DIDN’T GET ENOUGH:
“Throw Some D’s” became the song of the mid-2000’s because of it’s focus: rims. At this time, dance tracks were in like “Walk it Out” by DJ UNK, and Wipe Me Down by Boosie, Foxx and Webbie. But Rich Boy wasn’t dancing, but riding in his fly car with the huge rims. We lived for that shit in 2006.
But let’s dive deeper into this throwback jam. The best part of this song, for me, is the sample. The beginning voice on Rich Boy’s track comes from the r&b group, Switch – an underrated soul group. Their track, “I Call Your Name,” is the source of those beloved vocals.
The song details a man’s love for his lover, and how calling their name makes life easier, and they wouldn’t trade them for anything. These incredibly falsetto voices dropped this love song in 1979 on their sophomore album, “Switch II.” Produced by Jermaine Jackson and Bobby DeBarge, this was a sure hit for skating rinks, booty grabbin’ slow dances and anything in between. Switch was known for these types of tracks, and “I Call Your Name,” stands as a largely sampled track, and one of Switch’s biggest hits (besides “There’ll Never Be.”)
For me, Rich Boy faded to black after that single, but according to the internet, he released an album in 2013. But, nothing will compare to the magnitude that “Throw Some D’s” did for mid-2000’s hip-hop. I still bump this track like it just dropped yesterday.
Take a listen, if it’s been a while, you won’t regret it.