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"Let Me Clear My Throat" is a song by American hip-hop artist DJ Kool. It was released in April 1996 as the third and final single from his album of the same name Let Me Clear My Throat. It was recorded live at the Bahama Bay club in Philadelphia.[2]

"Let Me Clear My Throat"
DJ Kool - Let Me Clear My Throat.jpg
Single by DJ Kool
from the album Let Me Clear My Throat
ReleasedApril 1, 1996
FormatCD single, Cassette single, 12" Single
GenreHip hop, go-go
LabelAmerican Recordings/Warner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s)DJ Kool[1]
Producer(s)DJ Kool, s/x, Fred Derby, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Mark the 45 King
DJ Kool singles chronology
"Let Me Clear My Throat"


Song descriptionEdit

The most popular version of the song is the one recorded live at Bahama Bay. This version incorporates audience cheers, shouts, and participation.

The musical content of the song consists entirely of two samples: the introductory fanfare of "Hollywood Swinging" (1974) by Kool & The Gang, used in both the intro and pre-chorus, and a chopped half of "The 900 Number" (1987) by The 45 King (which itself includes a two-bar loop of the saxophone riff that was lifted from "Unwind Yourself" (1968) by Marva Whitney), used in the verses and chorus.

Aside from a 16-line verse in the first half of the song, the lyrical content consists largely of audience-pleasing antics, energetic shouts, call-and-response, and shout-outs. Kool makes lyrical nods to a grittier house party history of hip-hop, dropping references from early hip-hop and soul artists such as Run DMC, James Brown, and Whistle. Likewise, the title and common line of the song, "let me clear my throat," is itself taken from the Beastie Boys' "The New Style" from 1986's Licensed To Ill.

Other usesEdit

As of the 2015-16 season, the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and the Elite Ice Hockey League's Fife Flyers use this song as their official goal song. The song was chosen as the Buffalo Sabres official goal song as part of an online fan vote on the team's official website.

The song is used to pump up the crowd at Nebraska Cornhuskers football games.

The song is also used as the theme song for BBC Radio Scotland football show Off The Ball.

The song is featured in the 2nd trailer to Office Christmas Party.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Old-School Reunion Edit) - 4:25
  2. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Klassic Kool Original Version) - 4:51
  3. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Old-School Reunion Remix) - 4:53
  4. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (45 King Bass 'N' Funk Remix) - 4:32
  5. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Funkmaster Flex Remix) - 3:48
  6. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (No 'Damn' Old-School Reunion Remix) - 4:54
  7. "Let Me Clear My Throat" (Tupac Tribute Edit) - 1:22

Charts and certificationsEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ The 100 Best Hip-Hop One Hit Wonders Complex Mag
  3. ^ " – DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ Canadian peak RPM Magazine
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – DJ Kool" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  6. ^ " – DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat". Top 40 Singles.
  7. ^ " – DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat". Singles Top 100.
  8. ^ "DJ Kool: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "DJ Kool Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "DJ Kool Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "DJ Kool Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Archived from the original on 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  13. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1997". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 110 (5): 76. January 31, 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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