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Published on June 6th, 2019 | by Lydia Brooks


The History of Whispering in Hip-hop (part 3)


“Wait (The Whisper Song)”, by Ying Yang Twins

The Ying Yang Twins recorded their ultimate hip-hop whisper song in 2005. The smash hit “Wait (The Whisper Song)” of the Atlanta duo finds D-Roc and Kaine whispering sweet flexes into the ears of the women who they are trying to bed.

The factor that makes this hit so iconic is that it made serious waves in the club during loud and abrasive crunk music’s era (which the Ying Yang Twins helped shoot to popularity). It’s so impressive that a song that is as soft and quietly delivered as this one thrived during that era.

“Play”, by David Banner

In the same year when The Ying Yang Twins dropped their whisper classic, David Banner followed suit with his hit “Play,” another dirty-talk smash produced by Mr. Collipark.

The sexual track of Banner followed the formula of The Ying Yang Twins  almost to a tee, yet Banner went with a bigger bounce instead of a simple snap as the supporting instrumentation. He whispers heavily on the chorus and keeps the same energy through the verses when telling his desired women to “work them hips” because he’s like to see them “drip sweat.”

“Tokyo Snow Trip”, by Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea revived hip-hop’s ASMR experience in 2018.

The Survive The Summer album of last summer includes “Tokyo Snow Trip,” a well-executed whisper rap track. Iggy gets so quiet and talks tough, flexing her grandiose travel lifestyle for the entire two minutes.

“Don’t Come Out the House”, by Metro Boomin ft. 21 Savage

Last year, 21 Savage also brought whispering back to hip-hop’s mainstream on Not All Heroes Wear Capes album of Metro Boomin, including the track “Don’t Come Out The House” starting with 21 Savage loudly chanting until the beat switches. After that, we can hear 21 Savage whispering tough talk over Metro’s rolling hi-hats.



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