Woo! Yeah! is a drum break that includes Bobby Byrd's ("Yeah!") and James Brown's ("Woo!") voices which has been widely sampled in popular music, often in the form of a loop. The drum break was performed by John "Jabo" Starks. It originates from the 1972 Lyn Collins recording "Think (About It)", a song written and produced by Brown, and is just one of a few other frequently used breaks contained in the recording, often collectively known as the Think Break.[1]

Background and impactEdit

In 1987, "Think (About It)" was featured on the 16th volume of the drum break compilation Ultimate Breaks & Beats, a highly popular series among hip hop producers.[2][3] That year marked the first known use of the "Woo! Yeah!" break, when the Beatmasters, a UK hip hop production trio, sampled the break for Cookie Crew's song "Females (Get On Up)".[4] While "Females" was a minor hit in the UK, the break did not receive major airplay and attention until the following year, when it was used as the backing loop for the track "It Takes Two" by MC Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock. The song, which is almost entirely composed of sampled parts from "Think (About It)", became a platinum-selling hit.[1]

It became almost ubiquitous in dance and hip hop records during the late 1980s and early 1990s and continues to see use.[4]


  1. ^ a b Read, Chris. "A Brief History of 'The Think Break', the Funk Classic Sampled 2,000 Times". WhoSampled. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Ultimate Breaks and Beats - SBR 516". Innovative Music Corporation. Archived from the original on 21 October 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  3. ^ Ettelson, Robbie. "Ultimate Breaks & Beats: An Oral History". Cuepoint. Medium. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Samples of Think (About It) by Lyn Collins". WhoSampled.