Album: Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry
Label: Jive

Petey Pablo's debut single "Raise Up" was a weird one because Timbaland's beat didn't really make you want to take your shirt off and spin it like a helicopter like Petey's chorus demanded. Tim's mournful strings might've sat more comfortably underneath contemplative bars from socially conscious spitters like Outkast, but Petey turned it into a brawler by sheer force of personality. When the song picked up traction on the charts, he realized he was speaking to more than just his home state of North Carolina and shouted out other parts of the country on the "All Cities Remix", which went down like the time Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz dropped so many versions of "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" that whatever part of the country you heard it in got mentioned on the chorus.