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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 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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He suck!!!!!!
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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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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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REAL TALK. JUST ONE ! ON THA LATE NITE HELLO
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I miss him
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Wat happen to petey Pablo?
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YAAAASSSSSSS
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I love this f..... song !!!
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Some dope production on this album.
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NC represent
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love you.Abs
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Need a freak-a-leek
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I love you
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Love watching them follow instructions . FUN! Raise up like a helicopter 
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I love the songs
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luv this song
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My childhood song!!
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Freek- A -Leek :)
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Lil john makes anything a gift. ying yang twins.?? Where they ..I loved all them...
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Jerking it let me help send limo to Rita jail
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this song is the s**t!(:
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do you want over here or over there.. Or in your p**sy or in your a** hole
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I need a girl I can freek wit, and ain't scared of a big dick!! ; P ;D
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How you like it daddy!!! I bet chu's love it : P
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