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Woo! Yeah! is a sample of James Brown's voice that has been repeatedly used in popular music, often in the form of a loop. It originates from the 1972 Lyn Collins recording "Think (About It)", a song written and produced by Brown. The original recording, which predates modern sampling techniques, used a tape loop to repeat Brown's exclamation during a break section. In the original recording the order in which Brown says the words is actually "Yeah! Woo!"; the order of the words was reversed later by sampling artists.

"Woo! Yeah!" was probably first used as a loop by Roxanne Shante but got major airplay and attention used as the backing loop for the 1988 platinum-selling hit "It Takes Two" by MC Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, which took its title and chorus from the first lyric after the "Woo! Yeah!" loop.

The number of artists who have used "Woo! Yeah!" in songs numbers in the hundreds - it became almost ubiquitous in dance and hip hop records during the late 1980s and early 1990s. It has also found its way into the title screen of Action 52 on the NES and the "Jungle Chase" level of Super Adventure Island on the SNES.

A selection of songs that use the "Woo! Yeah!" loop




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