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Juvenile’s 1998 hit single “Back That Thang Up” is sure to get people on the dance floor and everyone at the BBQ twerking, aunties included. However, Mannie Fresh, who produced the song, thinks it’s a love song.

Juvenile - Back That Ass Up

Back that ass up (1999)

“Turn to someone you like…or love,” he said. “And tell ‘em, this is the greatest love song ever wrote,” Mannie Fresh recently told a crowd in New Orleans’ Preservation Hall in the city’s popular French Quarter, according to Mic.com writer Rajul Punjabi.

“The old French Quarter floorboards pulsated under my feet as rivulets of sweat formed along my collarbone. About 20 feet in front of me, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was cutting up, and despite the lack of air conditioning in the venue — or maybe catalyzed by it — people were catching the spirit. In front of the band stood Mannie Fresh, ad-libbing over the infamous opening seconds of ‘Back That Azz Up,‘ a melodic call-to-action for nostalgic twerkers,” Punjabi wrote.

The writer said that he doesn’t think he can disagree with Mannie Fresh and him referring to “Back That Thang Up” as “the greatest love song ever wrote.”  “I can’t exactly disagree,” Punjabi wrote. Do you?

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.