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Petey Pablo

Rather than taking the underground route like most Southern rappers, Petey Pablo took the direct route into the rap game: he went straight to the top. Though few knew much about him, Pablo suddenly broke in late 2001, and not just in the South but from coast to coast -- MTV rotated his video and urban radio championed his debut single. That single, "Raise Up," took the U.S. by storm, breaking into Billboard's Top 30 pop singles and Top Ten R&B singles, not to mention the endless weeks of airplay. Before his debut album even streeted, he was a household name. Pablo's widespread success and commercial acceptance is perhaps most fascinating because the North Carolina native is anything but glamorous. Often shirtless and unadorned with jewelry and representing either the ghetto or the country, Pablo represented an earthier and more realistic embodiment of the stereotypical Southern black man.

Pablo may have catapulted to stardom overnight, but he labored for years before getting his big break. Born in Greenville, NC, he eventually moved to New York when he became serious about breaking into the rap game. There, he managed to befriend such luminary figures as Busta Rhymes, Mystikal, and Black Rob. His recorded debut came on a remix of the latter's "Whoa!," which caught the attention of many, including Timbaland. Then, while at a club in New York, Jive's head of A&R happened to hear Pablo dropping some rhymes with Black Rob, and subsequently signed him to a contract. Jive then gave Pablo a chance to shine on Mystikal's Let's Get Ready album, while, around this same time, Missy Elliott introduced Pablo to Timbaland, who had been curious about the rapper ever since hearing him on the "Whoa!" remix. Jive made the collaboration happen, and the label found itself with a sure-fire debut single, "Raise Up."

"Raise Up" first began getting airplay in late summer 2001, beginning in the South and spreading like a virus from there. It wasn't long before the video was all over MTV and the song was creeping up the Billboard charts. Eventually peaking at number 25 pop and number nine R&B, "Raise Up" remained on the charts for months and set the stage for Diary of a Sinner, Pablo's debut album. The album featured three Timbaland tracks as well as productions by Prophecy, Chucky Madness, Abnormal, and Pablo himself. Not surprisingly, it sold many, many copies, making Pablo another of the overnight superstars produced by the early-2000s Dirty South boom.

But then not much came of Pablo. Diary of a Sinner failed to spawn a follow-up single of much magnitude, and Pablo made very few guest appearances. Jive scheduled his sophomore album for late 2002 but then pushed it back indefinitely. It wouldn't be until mid-2004 that Jive finally released Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry, by which point a great many rap listeners had forgotten about Pablo. The album's lead single, "Freek-a-Leek," did its job well, however. Produced by the then red-hot Lil Jon, the sexually explicit song was successful in many ways: it returned Pablo to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts; garnered endless play on urban radio and music television; crossed over well to the female audience; became a club favorite overnight; and perked interest for the long-delayed Still Writing in My Diary. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Track List: Still Writing In My Diary: 2nd Entry (Explicit)

1. Part 2

2. Did You Miss Me (feat. Baby & TQ)

3. Jam Y'All

4. Freek-A-Leek

5. O It's On (feat. Young Buck)

6. Let's Roc

7. Stick 'Em Up

8. Get On Dis Motorcycle (feat. Bubba Sparxxx)

9. Break Me Off (feat. Missy Elliott)

10. Boys Bathroom

11. U Don't Want Dat (feat. Lil' Jon)

12. What You Know About It

13. I Swear

14. Roll Off

15. Be Country

16. He Spoke To Me

17. Vibrate

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Track List: Diary Of A Sinner: 1st Entry

1. Intro

2. Petey Pablo

3. Raise Up

4. I

5. I Told Y'All

6. Didn't I

7. La Di Da Da Da

8. Funroom

9. Y'All Ain't Ready (Come On)

10. Do Dat

11. Live Debaco

12. 919

13. Fool For Love

14. Test Of My Faith

15. Truth About Me

16. Diary Of A Sinner

17. My Testimony

18. Raise Up (All Cities Remix)

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Still love the song and the album's
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I don't like song no more
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Love it
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This song always gets the party started lol
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Petey Pablo 4 ever so underrated he can sing & rap & doesn't get the respect he deserves & ppl hated Raise Up but compared to the crap nowadays it was a classic & i liked diary of a sinner albums
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Her mgmt company of a
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:-(
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I love him, I love this song. Me and my dad use to jam to this
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Pete Pablo worked with Ciara princess Harris
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hi
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All of these haters should really stop
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Awsome ♡ amazing misic i love this song
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Letts Fuctoin
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Thugg life lets go
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All eyes on me
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Good song I from South Carolina
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REAL GD DUDE....WE FRM THA SAME SET...MY WESTSIDE N**GA....
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not a good song
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Do you can get the new TT and I am so
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Where the f**k is Need for speed from Need for Speed underground 1??
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������������ cool kep it up that sing
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Good singer like it
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Freek a leek song sucks balls
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Freek a leek
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I miss Petey Pablo I thought it was tight North Carolina and South Carolina stand up
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Petey Pablo where u at baby,we miss you."Snowhil l " bound all day.#greenec o u n t y
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freek- a-leak it is my jam of all time by petey pablo
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this how my cold a** Monday is going ... beets and cooking ...
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What's up petty pio
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I love this song but, it's better in Step Up
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Keep up the great work Petey pablo
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Hi :-)
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Party ovr here...omg yesss!
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He still fine
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I was 4 when stand up came out for the longest time I ran around with my shirt off yelling take your shirt off make it spin like a helicopter
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Peace to You Pete! Remember them days of wildn out on n**gas @ POLK YOUTH CENTER....
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PETEY PABIO
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Ulgy
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He suck!!!!!!
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neejiah
Hey! Petey Pablo love you for putting North Carolina on da Map baby! Washington county stand up P-Town always much love to all my people's in Raleigh Durham the whole damn state man!!
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)($$&9605154 you got the worst song I'm just kidding you get the best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best
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Yes! Love this old school rap song! Makes me wanna jump! Ha
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My shiiiiiiiiii i i i t i still shake my azzzzz to this one freek a leek
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