Salt-N-Pepa - Push It (1987)
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“Push It” is a song by the hip hop group Salt-N-Pepa. It was released as the B-side of the “Tramp” ...
“Push It” is a song by the hip hop group Salt-N-Pepa. It was released as the B-side of the “Tramp” single in 1987, and as its own single in 1988. It peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1988 and, after initially peaking at number 41 in the UK, it re-entered the charts after the group performed the track at Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday concert, eventually peaking at number two that summer. The song has also been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song is ranked number 446 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was ranked number nine on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
The song quotes a line from “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks, with the word “girl” replaced with “boy”: “Boy, you really got me goin’/You got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’.” It also quotes “Pick up on this” from “I’m a Greedy Man” and “There it is” from “There It Is”, both by James Brown. The whispered “Push it” is sampled from a 1977 recording called “Keep on Pushin'” by the band Coal Kitchen.
The music video for “Push It” features a concert performance of the song, along with DJ Spinderella and Hurby “Luv Bug” Azor on keyboards and backing vocals.