Man's Not Hot

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"Man's Not Hot"
Man's Not Hot Artwork.png
Single by Big Shaq
Released 22 September 2017 (2017-09-22)
Format
Genre
Length 3:06
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Michael Dapaah
Producer(s)
  • GottiOnEm
  • Mazza
Michael Dapaah singles chronology
"The Ting Go Challenge"
(2017)
"Man's Not Hot"
(2017)
"Man Don't Dance"
(2018)
"The Ting Go Challenge"
(2017)
"Man's Not Hot"
(2017)
"Man Don't Dance"
(2018)
Music video
"Man's Not Hot" on YouTube

"Man's Not Hot" is a novelty song by English comedian Michael Dapaah, released under the name Big Shaq. It samples an instrumental by GottiOnEm and Mazza, which was first used on 86's "Lurk"[7] and later on "Let's Lurk" by 67 featuring Giggs. The song saw commercial success, peaking at number three in the United Kingdom.[8] The song has been certified platinum in the UK by the BPI, indicating 600,000 combined sales and streams.[9] The music video has also gained over 280 million views on YouTube.[10]

Background and release

On 10 May 2017, Michael Dapaah uploaded a sketch to his Instagram featuring his character Roadman Shaq "freestyling" to the instrumental of 67 and Giggs's 2016 track "Let's Lurk".[11]

On 19 July 2017, Dapaah's freestyle, slightly extended, appeared on episode 6 of the first series of his mockumentary SWIL, when he performed it in front of 67 and Giggs as Roadman Shaq.[12]

On 29 August 2017, Michael Dapaah went on BBC Radio 1Xtra as both his characters MC Quakez and Roadman Shaq for the Charlie Sloth-hosted "Fire in the Booth" segment.[13] He performed the freestyle, again slightly extended, and it went viral on the internet, gaining millions of views on YouTube and resulting in the creation of many internet memes. In response to the unprecedented popularity, Michael Dapaah changed his character's name to "Big Shaq" and converted his freestyle into a commercial single called "Man's Not Hot", released on Island Records.[14] The song was released on 22 September 2017.

The song was covered by American hip hop band The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, when retired American basketball player Shaquille O'Neal appeared as a guest on 10 October 2017.[15] On 16 October 2017, O'Neal released a diss track criticising Dapaah for calling himself "Big Shaq".[16]

On 15 December 2017, Man's Not Hot (The Remixes), an album comprising remixes of the song by various artists, was released;[17] alongside a "Christmas edition" of the song.[18] Two weeks later, an "MC Mix" of the song, featuring British rappers Lethal Bizzle, Chip, Krept & Konan and JME, was released on 29 December 2017.[19]

Remixes

There have been multiple remixes and covers released by many artists because of the song's popularity, most notably, Busta Rhymes.[20] Another remix was also released by Rock City.[21] American rapper Futuristic released his remix of the song on 13 January 2018.[22]

Music video

Dapaah released the music video for "Man's Not Hot" on 26 October 2017.[23][24] It begins with a phone call from someone called Asznee, who is later revealed to be entertainer Chunkz.[25] The video features cameos from American rappers Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Yachty, Jim Jones, Dutch rap group Broederliefde and American producer DJ Khaled, who calls Dapaah's character a "legend".[26]

Track listing

Digital download[27]
No. Title Length
1. "Man's Not Hot" 3:06

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[50] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[51] Gold 15,000*
France (SNEP)[52] Gold 75,000*
Germany (BVMI)[53] Gold 200,000^
Italy (FIMI)[54] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[55] Gold 15,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[56] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[57] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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