November 10, 2000
Who Really Let The Dogs Out?
It' s hard to watch a sporting event these
days without hearing the crowd scream Who Let The Dogs Out followed by a
frenzied series of barking noises. Several professional baseball and
football teams argue vehemently over who was the first to use the popular
phrase.20/20 Downtown, the Seattle Mariners were credited with being the
first team to use it when they played the song Who Let the Dogs Out
by the Baha Men this past summer.
But if this is true, then how is it
possible that fans of the Mississippi State Bull Dawgs could be heard on
ESPN shouting the same phrase over a year before the Baha Men ever
released their song? This can be answered by Danville, Virginia based
rapper Chuck Smooth.
It is a little known fact that the song
released by the Baha Men under the name Who Let The Dogs Out is actually a
remake of a Caribbean song titled Doggie, co-written by soca artist Anslem
Douglas and composer/producer Ossie Gurley.
Chuck Smooth heard Doggie while vacationing
in Antigua in the spring of 1998 and knew instantly that the catchy chant
in this song that asked the now famous question would make a great idea
for a rap song. After returning home, he licensed a sample of this phrase
and wrote a new rap song that he called Who Let The Dogs Out.
Who Let The Dogs Out by Chuck Smooth
debuted at #20 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart on
November 28, 1998. The song moved quickly throughout the south and topped
record pool charts in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and
Mississippi (where it was soon adopted by the Mississippi State Bull Dawgs
as their fight song). In May of this year, before the Baha Men ever even
released their single, the Chuck Smooth song was named the #12 Rap Single
of the Year by Billboard (May 6, 2000 issue page 88). In August of
this year, it was #1 for the state of Mississippi on Amazon.com and is
currently still on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart!
The label's success caught the attention of
Artemis Records who contacted Wingspan in the spring of this year and
began negotiations for a distribution deal which included the release of
Who Let The Dogs Out? by Chuck Smooth to Top 40/Pop radio. The
negotiations continued into early summer until Wingspan learned that
S-Curve/Artemis had just released a remake of Doggie by the Baha Men. They
had changed the name of the song to Who Let The Dogs Out, rearranged it to
make the chant more prominent and even added a rap to the end. When
Wingspan inquired with Artemis about the situation, Artemis withdrew their
Wingspan Records then enlisted marketing
consultant Paul Porter along with WYZ GIRL Entertainment Consulting. WYZ
GIRL also negotiated a production deal with Doggie co-writer Ossie
Gurley who will be releasing songs on Wingspan Records in the near future.