What You Know

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"What You Know"
Single by T.I.
from the album King
ReleasedJanuary 28, 2006
FormatCD single, Digital download
Recorded2005
GenreHip hop, trap
Length4:34 (album version)
4:08 (radio version)
LabelGrand Hustle, Atlantic
Writer(s)Gabriel W. Arillo
Billy Roberts
Clifford Harris
Aldrin Davis
Curtis Mayfield
Donny Hathaway
Leroy Hutson
ProducerDJ Toomp
Certification2x Platinum (RIAA) [1]
T.I. singles chronology
"Front Back"
(2005)
"What You Know"
(2006)
"Why You Wanna"
(2006)
 
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"What You Know"
Single by T.I.
from the album King
ReleasedJanuary 28, 2006
FormatCD single, Digital download
Recorded2005
GenreHip hop, trap
Length4:34 (album version)
4:08 (radio version)
LabelGrand Hustle, Atlantic
Writer(s)Gabriel W. Arillo
Billy Roberts
Clifford Harris
Aldrin Davis
Curtis Mayfield
Donny Hathaway
Leroy Hutson
ProducerDJ Toomp
Certification2x Platinum (RIAA) [1]
T.I. singles chronology
"Front Back"
(2005)
"What You Know"
(2006)
"Why You Wanna"
(2006)

"What You Know" is a Grammy Award-winning multi platinum hip hop song by Southern hip hop recording artist T.I., released as the lead single from his fourth studio album King (2006). The song also serves as the theme song to the 2006 film ATL in which T.I. stars in. The song is also played during the end credits of the film and the music video is included as a bonus feature on the DVD. The song peaked at number three in the US and was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.

Background[edit]

The critically acclaimed song is produced by T.I.'s frequent collaborator DJ Toomp, from Zone Boy Productions, with additional keys by Wonder Arillo. It utilizes an interpolation of Roberta Flack's version of The Impressions's "Gone Away" and of the song "Hey Joe", written by Billy Roberts but popularized by Jimi Hendrix.

Music video[edit]

The video took place in California. The beginning starts where comedian Mike Epps calls T.I. on his cellphone asking T.I. to come and hang out with him. He jokes that he "got a midget pregnant". T.I. said he will be there because he has a movie premiere (for the film ATL) to attend that night. The next scene shows him in a Bentley Continental driving through the neighborhood with Young Dro in slow motion and T.I. rapping in front of a white background. After that scene is showing him walking with a Louis Vuitton backpack in slow motion.

Next scene he stops by Mike Epps' house. After that scene is showing him rapping in different clothes in front of a black and white screen. Then the video showing T.I. gambling with Mike and his crew. The video showing a bunch of women in rollerskates with spinning rims. After that scene it shows him playing chess with his friend. After that scene, he chooses a suit to wear to the premiere with the assistance of three women.

Finally a bunch of black Cadillac Escalades pull up for the premiere. T.I. and his co-star Lauren London, along with the rest of the cast, Jason Weaver, Evan Ross, and Jackie Long walking on the red carpet along with a cameo by Travis Barker. Next scene is where they show scenes to the movie. The party scene, T.I. shakes the champagne and squirts it out everywhere. T.I.'s group P$C, Lauren London and co-stars makes a cameo appearance at the party. At the end, T.I. cleans his glasses and shows him dancing at the party.

Remixes[edit]

American rappers Juelz Santana and J.R Writer, of Dipset, recorded a remix of this song entitled "What You Know (About That Crack)". American rapper Papoose recorded a freestyle over the song entitled "What You Know (About Pap)". American rapper Lil Wayne also recorded a remix of "What You Know", which can be found on his mixtape Dedication 2.

In popular culture[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006)Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2]3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3]1
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[4]1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[5]10

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[6]2× Platinum2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Awards and accolades[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RIAA T.I. gold & platinum dataRIAA. Accessed October 11.
  2. ^ "T.I. Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for T.I.. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "T.I. Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for T.I.. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  4. ^ "T.I. Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for T.I.. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  5. ^ "T.I. Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for T.I.. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – T.I. – What You Know". Recording Industry Association of America. December 12, 2006. Retrieved June 12, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  7. ^ MuchMusic.com | Holiday Wrap 2006
  8. ^ The Top 100 Tracks of 2006 | Pitchfork
  9. ^ What You Know | Pitchfork
  10. ^ Acclaimed Music

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
April 22, 2006 - May 27, 2006
Succeeded by
"It's Goin' Down" by Yung Joc featuring Nitti