La Di Da Di
|"La Di Da Di"|
|Single by Doug E. Fresh and MC Ricky D|
|from the album The Show & La Di Da Di|
|B-side||La Di Da Di|
|Released||April 15, 1985|
|Genre||New school hip hop, beatboxing|
|Label||Def Jam Records|
|Producer||Dennis Bell & Ollie Cotton for City Slicker Productions|
"La Di Da Di" is a hit rap song performed by Doug E. Fresh the beatboxer, and MC Ricky D (later known as Slick Rick) as the rapper. It was originally released in 1985 as the B-side to "The Show". The song has since gained a reputation as an early hip hop classic, having been referenced in other hip hop songs.
There are two releases of the song. The original vinyl and cassette versions contain sung lyrics from "Sukiyaki" by A Taste of Honey, but due to a lack of clearance, CD versions are missing the following refrains in the middle of the song, most likely because of copyright issues:
- It's all because of you, I'm feeling sad and blue.
- You went away, and now my life is filled with rainy days.
- I love you so, how much you'll never know,
- Cause you took your love away from me
The Story 
This song tells an eventful day in the life of Slick Rick. It begins by him waking up in the morning, around 10 o'clock, washing up and preparing to go out on a date at night by putting on cologne and dressing fancily. Once ready he leaves but shortly after leaving he realizes he that he forgot his Kangol hat. Due to this he returns to look for it and then rushes out again. While he ran through an alley he met with a friend of his, a girl he knew since a long time ago named Sally. He noticed she seemed upset and asked her what was wrong. She then proceeded to tell Rick that she still loves him after the separation. While consoling her, Rick sees Sally's mother approaching with two children. She greets Slick and begins to assault Sally causing the children to leave. Rick jumps in attempting to break the fight up and asks Sally's mom why she was beating her daughter. She replies that if she can't have him then Sally can't either, now knowing Sally and Rick had already broken up. Having learned of the reason Rick attempted to run away but was caught up by Sally's mom. She stops him and points her finger to him. She confesses her undying love for him and suggests going for a ride on the jaguar before returning to the apartment to fornicate. She also tells him that she is sometimes hypnotized by his words and ability to rap. Rick calms her down by giving her a kiss and tells her he is too young for her, having said before he considered her to be older than his mother. Sally's mom then says she is not and Rick reveals to be 19. She does not believe him and Rick offers the possibility of checking this with her mother claiming that she is too old for him and, for that reason can not be her lover. The song end with the words “To the heart tick tock you don’t stop To the heart tick tick you don’t quit, hit it!”
Other songs that reference this song 
The hook to the DJ Honda track "On The Mic" is centered on a sample of the phrase "We're just some men that's on the mic/And when we rock upon the mic we rock the mic right".
The hook of Shyne's song "SHYNE" revolves around Slick Rick's lyrics: "For all of y'all, keep y'all in health, Just to see you smile and enjoy yourself".
The song is sampled by 6 Tre G in his song "Fresh".
Jim's Big Ego's song "Feelin' Groovy" contains a rap section, much of which is slightly altered "La Di Da Di" lyrics, including the title.
The intro to the Mary J. Blige song "No One Else" samples the beginning of "La Di Da Di" by sampling the phrase "there is no competition".
Ice Cube paraphrases the song in his track Stop Snitchin', singing "Nigga nigga nigga/Can't you see/Somehow your words incarcerate me".
Ice-T's track "Radio Suckers" from the Power album contains a reference to the song in the lyrics: "They bleeped words from Doug's La-Di-Da-Di, I can't get a bleep - What's the deal? Maybe my words are just too real".
The Roots use the line "La Di Da Di/Who likes to party?/Like Slick Rick" in their song Mellow My Man.
Eminem uses the line, "to rock the mic RIGHT", in a freestyle entitled "The Conspiracy"
Beyoncé samples the song on her "Party" collaboration with André 3000 of her album "4". In 2003, she also used the song's line "You're about witness... before" as a prelude to "Hip Hop Star" during her Dangerously in Love Tour. The performance appeared on the 2004 DVD, Live at Wembley.
Redman in his song "I'll bee dat".
Jermaine Dupri in 2001's Ballin' out of control
Korean Pop K-pop artist 2NE1 referenced the song in "Can't Nobody" from their 1st album To Anyone. The lyrics in Korean: "눈빛은 찌릿찌릿, 심장을 beat it beat it, 콧노래 ladi dadi, 춤추는 body body," which translates to: "Your gaze is tingly tingly, Makes my heart beat it beat it, Humming ladi dadi, Dancing body body"
K-pop Rapper PSY famous for Gangnam Style referenced the song in a track on his "6th Best Album" called "77 101." The lyrics in Korean: "Naega tiktak hamyeon get on stop, Naega raridari hamyeon we like to party," which translates to: "But when I say tick tock, get on stop, When I say ladi dadi, we like to party"
Tech N9ne referenced the song in the first verse of his Sickology 101 track, Dysfunctional, with the lines, "La di da di/I'm at the party/ on a drunk night/..."
Die Fantastischen Vier, a german hip hop band, reference the song in a track called "Der Picknicker". The lyrics in German: "La di da di wie slick rick mag ich die Party doch ich nenn sie Picknick", which translates to: "La di da di like slick rick, I like the party but call it a picnic"
Chip, another English rapper, signed to T.I.'s record label Grand Hustle, referenced the song in a track called "Slick Rick" (a dedication to Slick Rick) where he says "La Di Da Di, We Like To Party I bet the way I talk might attract somebody, 6 foot tall you could be my shawty, I swear down we don't want to hurt nobody, Oh sh*t I think I'm Slick Rick" on his mixtape London Boy.