“Yah Yah” by Eminem (ft. Denaun, Q-Tip, Black Thought and Royce da 5’9”)
Eminem’s “Yah Yah” is a posse cut alright. And as such Royce da 5’9”, Black Thought and Eminem use their respective verses to basically big-up themselves. However, this isn’t the freestyle sort of cypher. As illustrated for instance by the chorus, where Q-Tip comes into to play, this song is intended to serve as an ode to the rap legends of yesteryear, particularly it would seem those who were slappin’ in the 1990s.
Indeed the titular yah yah itself is derived from a sample of a song Busta Rhymes dropped back in 1996. But again, even though Eminem gives an extensive shoutout to old-school rap acts, some which even predate the 1990s, once again this track can perhaps best be classified as an act of braggadocio.
However, at the end of the day the listener will also walk away with something like an education on the rap acts that were on top of the game right before the new millennium.
Facts about “Yah Yah”
The particular Busta Rhymes song which is cited above is 1996’s “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check”.
Accordingly Bus-a-Bus is also credited as a co-writer of the song along with the other individuals he penned “Woo Hah!!” with, Galt MacDermot and Rashad Smith.
The legendary James Brown, along with Fred Wesley and Charles Bobbitt, are also recognized as a co-writers of this song. This is because an instrumental they released in 1973 called “Blind Man Can See It” is also sampled intothe song.
And the other writers of are as follows:
- Royce da 5’9”
- Krazy Drayz
- Black Thought
- Denaun (who is also the track’s producer)
The song has a release date of 17 January 2020. This is when it came out – via three labels (including Shady Records) – as part of Eminem’s album “Music to be Murdered By”.