Blow the Whistle (song)

"Blow the Whistle" is the first single from Oakland rapper Too $hort's 16th album Blow the Whistle. It is produced by Lil Jon. The song features a refrain of the words "blow the whistle," followed by a series of whistle blasts. Despite not charting on the Billboard Hot 100, it is considered his signature song[1] and is his most popular song as a solo artist as of 2017.

"Blow the Whistle"
Single by Too $hort
from the album Blow the Whistle
ReleasedMarch 7, 2006
FormatCD single
GenreHip hop
LabelUp All Night/Jive
Songwriter(s)Todd Shaw
Producer(s)Lil Jon
Too $hort singles chronology
"The Ghetto"
"Blow the Whistle"


Canadian rapper Drake samples the beat and pays homage to the intro lyrics in DJ Khaled's hit single For Free.[2]

Usage in mediaEdit

During the 2008 NBA Playoff series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards, Jay-Z made a freestyle to this called "Playoff",[3] responding to negative comments by DeShawn Stevenson on behalf of LeBron James. It was also featured on the soundtrack of NBA 2K13.[4] The song is considered a staple for American strip clubs.


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  3. ^ Jay-Z Playoff Freestyle — exclusive Archived April 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Jackson, Scoop (May 1, 2008), "LeBron versus DeShawn: More than words", ESPN.


Chart (2006) Peak
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[1] 70
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[2] 21