1st of tha Month

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"1st of tha Month"
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Single by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
from the album E. 1999 Eternal
B-side"Die, Die, Die"
ReleasedJune 15, 1995
LabelRuthless Records
Songwriter(s)Bryon McCane, DJ U-Neek, Michael Powell, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone
Producer(s)DJ U-Neek
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony singles chronology
"Foe tha Love of $"
"1st of tha Month"
"East 1999"
Music video
"1st of tha Month" on YouTube

"1st of tha Month" is the first single by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony from their album E. 1999 Eternal.

It was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies. It peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their first top twenty single, and later was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1996.


The title is a reference to when welfare checks are paid out. There are several remixes of the song, including one by DJ Premier.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "1st of tha Month" (radio edit)
  2. "1st of tha Month" (radio edit)
  3. "1st of tha Month" (album version)
  4. "1st of tha Month" (instrumental)
  5. "1st of tha Month" (a cappella)
  6. "Die Die Die" (album version)

Official versions[edit]

  • "1st of tha Month" (album version; original version)
  • "1st of tha Month" (a cappella)
  • "1st of tha Month" (instrumental)
  • "1st of tha Month" (The Kruder and Dorfmeister remix) - 6:15
  • "1st of tha Month" (radio edit)
  • "1st of tha Month" (radio edit with Tré)


The song contains a sample from the Chapter 8 and Anita Baker song "I Just Want to Be Your Girl" and an interpolation of the "wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up, get up, get up, get up, get up" chant from Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing".[1][2]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

In popular culture[edit]

  • Chris Rock references the song in his 1997 album Roll With the New on his "Niggas vs. Black People" routine, calling the song a "welfare carol".
  • The track is also featured at the beginning of Girl Talk's "Steady Shock" on his mashup-style album "All Day."
  • American rapper the Game sampled the song for his song "Celebration".
  • The song is featured in the re-release version of the video game Grand Theft Auto V as part of the West Coast Classics radio station.
  • American rapper Playboi Carti interpolated the song on his track, "Sky", from his sophomore album Whole Lotta Red.[13] Specifically on these lines, "Wake up (Wake up, wake up, woah); It's the first of the month (Slatt, slatt, slatt, slatt)".[14]


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  9. ^ "End of Year Charts 1995". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on August 15, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  11. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 1995". Billboard. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  12. ^ "American single certifications – Bone Thugs 'N Harmony – 1st of tha Month". Recording Industry Association of America.
  13. ^ "Playboi Carti's 'Sky' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  14. ^ Playboi Carti – Sky, retrieved March 11, 2021