Raise Up

Petey Pablo

About Raise Up

"Raise Up" is a song recorded by American rapper Petey Pablo. It was released in August 2001 as the lead single from his debut album Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry. The song peaked at number 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in October 2001. The song was certified Gold in 2002. The music video was directed by Jessy Terrero.


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This is David Nevermind
And today's controversy is coming from yet another member
(Aiyyo tell 'em that we not gon' be playin')
Or should I say members of the hip-hop community,
(I'll blaze 'em niggas) A new artist signed under Jive
(Aiyyo go get my homeboys) and has teamed up with Timbaland, outta VA
(We gonna blow this up) In a quest to redeem his title
And bring, North Carolina, and Virginia, to the front of the line
(Yeah, we gon' do it) We're gonna stand by

[Chorus: x2]
This one's for North Carolina! c'mon and raise up
Take your shirt off, twist it 'round yo' hand
Spin it like a helicopter
North Carolina! c'mon and raise up
This one's for you, uh-huh, this one's for who?
Us, us, us; yes sir!

Who am I? Petey Pab' motherfucker!
First to put it down for North Carolina
But guess what (what?), it's been worth it
I'ma superstar, bought me a big ol' car
Four point six (see the car!)
Black wit the bars from the front to back
And got a button in the middle, make the trunk go "eh-eh"
But it ain't 'bout that
It's about gettin' whatchu gettin' and drivin' all back here
Big fellas (six fellas)
Half of me and Carolina niggas done time together
Polk, Bladen, Marshall, Hoke, Greene County, Tillery, damn
Transfer, Sandy Ridge, Browns over here (greens over here)
Pasqoutank, down on the, Odom East (lemme think)
Johnson County, Franklin, Burgaw, Newport, Warren, Shelby, Kenansville
(Man Currituck) Tarboro, Triangle, Goldsboro, Halifax, Statesville
And all my niggas doin' life behind the wall
This right here, right here, right here's for


Uh, uh-huh, uh-huh, beat it, beat it
You remember them days y'all, we used to play y'all
The radio and put our own lil' part in the song y'all
We used to (Rep our city, rep our city!)
Runnin' through the school halls
Just before our basketball pep-rally jumped off
(hah!) My house, my home, my hood (hah!)
My brother, my sister, my cous' (hah!)
My niggas that was there from the beginin
Been wit me even 'fore they knew what bein with me was
Y'all niggas just glanced at it, now I gotcha starin at it
But it's been the same ol' North Carolina it's been bein
Y'all niggas just gettin' it, oh it's a shame isn't it?
Oh you thought we said we were comin' wit a whole lotta somethin'
We were bullsh! (ah!)


Man I had to do it
Just incase you were one of the ones who wanted to come and ask somethin' stupid
(What you think you doin'?) What it look like?
Puttin' it down for my niggas in the south side
North Carolina, South Carolina
And all my little bity overlooked hick towns
We gonna hit y'all asses, ain't nothin' but a TT blast
That we got comin' atcha, (beat) slammin, (first) classic
(Gold for this) What's after platinum?
(Baby you don't want the bomb) And I don't meant to scare ya
But I'm about to bring it home
Blow these valleys, these hills, these streams and NC outta the water
How's it feel to look a motherfucker dead in the grill
And tell 'em "I told ya!"


Uh, af-after seeing this
I-I have no other questions, I, I mean I
Hey look, this is David Nevermind
I'm signing off, but before I'm outta here, remember
If I'm ever caught with anything I'm not supposed to have it's Nevermind
North Carolina and VA are definitely at the front of the line
You have my vote of support, over and out

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Petey Pablo

Moses Mortimer Barrett III (born July 22, 1973), known by the stage name Petey Pablo, is an American rapper from Greenville, North Carolina. more »

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Written by: Moses Barrett Iii, Timothy Z. Mosley

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10 facts about this song

Song Composition
"Raise Up" is a song by American rapper Petey Pablo released in 2001. It was his debut single and led to his breakthrough in the music industry.
Chart Performance
"Raise Up" was successful on the charts. It reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart in the United States.
Song Inspiration
The track was greatly inspired by Petey Pablo's home, North Carolina. This is exemplified in the hit song's chorus where he repeatedly chants, "North Carolina! Come on and raise up".
Music Video
The music video of the song "Raise Up" directed by Jessy Terrero, shows people in various parts of North Carolina, including Raleigh and Greensboro, performing the "Helicopter" move with their shirts off, spinning it around their heads like a helicopter, as instructed in the song.
Production & Lyrics
The song was produced by Timbaland, a renowned musician, and producer. It is noted for its energetic beats and equally high-charged lyrics.
Special Versions
There are several versions of "Raise Up", one of which includes all USA radio edit version that changes the phrase "North Carolina! Come on and raise up" to "[Insert city/state]! Come on and raise up".
Album Contributions
"Raise Up" is included in Petey Pablo's debut studio album, "Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry", which was also released in 2001.
Grammy Nomination
Petey Pablo's debut album, which also houses "Raise Up", received a Grammy Award nomination in 2003 for Best Rap Album. While it didn't win, the album's recognition was greatly due to the success of the single "Raise Up".
Song Meaning
"Raise Up" was a nod to Pablo's home community and their ongoing struggles. He described it as a call to action, a signal to rise above their circumstances.
Cultural Impact
The song "Raise Up" became a popular cultural reference, particularly in North Carolina. It is often played at sporting events and has been used in several TV series and films.

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