“Shake Ya Tailfeather” by Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee

You probably don’t need us to tell you that in this case, “tailfeather” is a slang term for a woman’s derriere. And as such, “Shake Ya Tailfeather” is yet another dance song centered on encouraging the women whom the vocalists deem sexy to shake their booties. And since the lyrics are being relayed by male vocalists, accordingly there is a romantic/sexual element to what’s being put forth also. 

But overall, this reads as sorta of a stripper anthem or a tune in which the vocalist(s) relishes watching the intended addressees, i.e. sexy women in clubs, dance in a gyrating manner.

“Shake Ya Tailfeather” Lyrics

“Shake Ya Tailfeather” Facts

“Shake Ya Tailfeather” is a song performed by three American rappers, namely:

  • Nelly
  • P. Diddy
  • Murphy Lee

The song was released on the 29th of June 2003 as a single from Murphy’s 2003 album, “Murphy’s Law”. It also appears on the “Bad Boys II” soundtrack project of 2003. It was actually one of the four official singles released from the aforementioned project. It also went on to achieve the status of the project’s most successful song.

It was composed through the collaborative efforts of two of its performers, Nelly and Murphy with support from Basement Beats and Varick Smith.

Nelly joined hands with Jayson “Koko” Bridges to produce the song.

Bad Boy Records and Universal Music were the record labels responsible for the release of the song.

“Shake Ya Tailfeather” peaked atop the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and ranked top-10 in the following countries:

  • UK – 10
  • New Zealand – 3
  • Denmark – 9
  • Australia – 3

The song became Murphy’s first chart-topping song in the US. It was however the third and fourth for Nelly and Diddy respectively.

In 2004, the song won the award, “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group” at the annual Grammy Awards.

The music video to this song stars American actress Esther Baxter. Famous Japanese glamour model Hiromi Oshima also appears in this video.

Shake Ya Tailfeather

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