Petey Pablo

Freek-A-Leek

Song Review by

To say that Petey Pablo's "Freek-A-Leek" was hot when it hit the streets is an understatement. All the "swears" went unedited on the numerous street-level mixtapes it showed up on but radio listeners and BET watchers had to settle for a massively edited version with so many missing words it sounded like the rapper was hiccupping. A slowly strolling riff from hot Southern producer Lil Jon proved irresistible and Pablo's simple chorus listing all his booty-call options ("Shameka, Keisha, Tara.") is more contagious than pinkeye. Bookending the song with a fake radio show with Pablo as host is a great touch from Lil Jon who also deserves credit for adapting his usually loud and crunk style to this slow burner. Pablo rattles off the names of different drugs and sexual positions as if he was checking off his grocery list but the straight-up hood production of the song meant it was under the radar the usual decency watchdogs. Parents will and should freak-out if they catch junior with a copy. For everybody else, "Freek-A-Leek" is a slow and sexy party tune with that down low Southern edge.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry 2004 Jive 3:55
Groove Station, Vol. 10 2004
Various Artists
BMG International 3:47
Now That's What I Call Music! 16 2004
Various Artists
UTV 3:53
Freek-A-Leek [Germany] 2004 BMG International
Hip-Hop Hits, Vol. 9 2004
Various Artists
Image Entertainment 3:43
Street Beatz [Bonus Track] 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:52
R&B Anthems 2007
Various Artists
BMG 3:48
Essential: The R&B Selection 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:57
Pure... Hip-Hop 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:57
Back in the Day: Hip Hop Classics
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution
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