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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, Rovi
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I got to represent thiz dude God I remember 1st meeting diz dude...he through a club party dem was da dayz
Channell Benjamin
HELLO
Damn I remember when I first heard this guy I was in middle school and I just smoked a blunt with my boys and girlfriend and maybe that was why we didn't do to well in school well at least that year even though I would go on to a private high school and in which i actually had to apply for acceptance but then I was kinda kicked out because I wasn't of a ethnic group which is a pretty pathetic excuse to get rid of a student because I would've thought that seeing as I am white i would have been ac
I like him

He is very cool

I want to be a singer

Possibly a rapper

Goodbye
I like him
bernitawashi n g t o n
Petey Pablo gotta come back!! This is sweet music!!!!
Now I gotta give a shout out to Seagram's Gin, cuz I'm drinkin and they payin me for it! Freak a leek!
This freaked me out. This is not fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a dead little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes, someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
Pet eye Badol
Can. You. Follower me
afvitola
Lolerman300 u are lieing and how would you know that would happen!


Aiden
This freaked me out. This is not fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a dead little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes, someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
Hot jam ..especially in club and strip joint hit. Lol oh yeah ...freak a leak...all those grls names are strippers lmao
HOT.... HOT..... HOT.....
In love
Memories<4
This was the s**t in the club when it came out.
Hi
blueninja062 5
You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you do not post this in at least 2 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you're reading this, don't stop. This is so scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes, and when you're done press F6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary, it actually works.
I freakin love this song :):):):)
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I haven't heard this song in a long time wow I am speechless right now
mychihuahuas t e w i e
Follow I Follow back :)
Who here a freak a leek
Freek-A-Leek !
Love it!!!!!!!!!
2girls44
I love this song I listened to it every day
Follow for Follow(:
Follow 4 a follow
Red nose and gas pedal is my song
Good times ask for more info on my page :) and follow;)
bemarinez8
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bemarinez8
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Love Petey Pablo
wat up n**ger
johnsonkrist i n 4 2
how u like it daddy
I love petey ! Follow my instagram @TriniStayTr i p p y . I follow back but unfollow ghostss .
biz marqueez
This movie was so EPIC
I love it ��
juliaeddie
This song is a classic
This is my freaking song!!! Love love!
Kik me:pokemon_p l a y e r _ 4 l i f e follow and ill b your bff
feeling so crunk
W Boom Boom B Baby!
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