1992 Hit Song ‘Rump Shaker’ Gets Epic Remix and New Video from Wreckx-n-Effect

The legendary hip-hop duo reunited to put a modern twist on the song with Rumple Minze, polar bears and a Yeti

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“All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom ... just shake ya rump.” That unforgettable chorus from Wreckx-n-Effect’s ’90s party hit “Rump Shaker” is back for a new wave of party people. Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps has teamed up with the veteran hip-hop duo—Aqil Davidson and Markell Riley—to remake the classic song, which in 1992 memorably climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 behind only Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

ONE37pm caught up with Davidson after he and Riley shot this new “Rump Shaker” music video and discussed the song’s new lyrics, the Rumple Minze collaboration and the new artists who are impressing him today. 

How does it feel to bring your 1992 classic, and that unforgettable sax sample, back for a new generation of music lovers? 

Aqil Davidson: It feels good to bring back “Rump Shaker” for a new generation of music lovers. It never ceases to amaze us how infectious that song remains through the ages.

How did you approach rewriting the lyrics and what’s your favorite bar or lyric from this remake? 

Davidson: The approach to rewriting the lyrics to “Rump Shaker” was all about keeping true to the feel of the original. It was important to give the listeners the same experience that made the song feel so good. So it’s like hearing the original with remixed lyrics in their original cadence. My favorite bar is “Aqil holding the bread like the town baker, so let me see you shake it up, make a Rump Shaker.” My other favorite part is the “Where the fresh is Yeti?” section. I found the entire song so fun to rewrite because the second time around you’re working with the full experience gained from creating the first record but in celebration of that victory. 

Yeti dove onto the pool table partying with the people in the bar. Ha! So unexpected. He rocked out hard for his section of the song.

- Aqil Davidson

What memorable moments came from recording the video with Yeti? 

Davidson: Yeti was a true party animal. I remember turning around at one point while filming a performance scene and noticing that Yeti dove onto the pool table partying with the people in the bar. Ha! So unexpected. He rocked out hard for his section of the song. However, the thing most memorable to me was the level of excellence and professionalism the entire Vayner staff operated with [editor’s note: Rumple Minze is a VaynerMedia client]. From the beginning it felt like everyone wanted the best for the project, so they gave it, and us, their all every step of the way. I found that most impressive.

Do you still keep in touch with the other “Rump Shaker” writers, like Pharrell? 

Davidson: We keep in moderate touch. David Wynn, the producer who brought us the first “Rump Shaker” concept song, and Darren Curry, who penned that now infamous hook (“all I wanna do…”), are a few I speak to most often.

What else are y’all working on at the moment? Any other projects? 

Davidson: Between live performances, writing and recording new material is where my attention has been. You can expect to hear and see something new very soon.

What do you think of today’s rappers and singers? Do you have any favorites?

Davidson: There are quite a few artists whose music usually gets my attention: J. Cole, Kendrick, Anderson .Paak, Ross, Drake, Meek Mill, Travis Scott, Post Malone, A Boogie, Chance the Rapper and Cardi B. On the radar? As for R&B, Avery Wilson’s last two EPs are in the Maybach on heavy rotation. 

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