"Breaker 1/9" is a song by Common, released in 1993 as the second single from his debut album Can I Borrow a Dollar?. Produced by Immenslope and The Twilite Tone, it samples both "Between the Sheets" by The Isley Brothers and also contains a lyric from the theme to Three’s Company. Its beat also contains "booming" drums sampled from "Get Out of My Life, Woman" by Lee Dorsey and made for the "jeep beat collective."[1] Its lyrics recount romantic adventures humorously. It holds the worst chart position of any single from that album, yet still reached #10 on the Hot Rap Singles chart.

"Breaker 1/9"
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Single by Common Sense
from the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?
ReleasedJanuary 12, 1993
GenreHip hop
LabelRelativity Records
Songwriter(s)Lonnie Lynn, Dion Wilson, Anthony Craig
Producer(s)Immenslope, The Twilite Tone
Common singles chronology
"Take It EZ"
"Breaker 1/9"
"Soul by the Pound"

"Breaker 1/9" is originally a Citizens' Band radio slang term telling other CB users that you'd like to start a transmission on channel 19, and is the phrase that starts C. W. McCall's 1975 novelty hit "Convoy".

Track listingEdit


  1. "Breaker 1/9 (LP Radio Edit)" (4:02)
  2. "Breaker 1/9 (Slope Remix)" (4:18)
  3. "Breaker 1/9 (LP Instrumental)" (4:02)


  1. "Breaker 1/9 (Beat Nuts Remix)" (4:32)
  2. "Breaker 1/9 (Beat Nuts Instrumental)" (4:32)
  3. "Breaker 1/9 (Slope Instrumental)" (4:18)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jost, Matt. "Can I Borrow a Dollar? Review at RapReviews.com". Retrieved March 24, 2007.

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1993) Peak
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 10