Laffy Taffy (song)

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"Laffy Taffy"
Single by D4L
from the album Down for Life
Released October 18, 2005
Format CD single
Recorded 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Southern hip hop, snap, dirty rap
Length 3:44
Label WEA
Writer(s) Lafabian Williams p/k/a Fabo, Adrian Parks p/k/a "Stuntman", Dennis Butler p/k/a "Mook-B", Cory Way p/k/a Born Immaculate, Broderick Thompson Smith, Michael Johnson
D4L singles chronology
- "Laffy Taffy"
(2005)
"Betcha Can't Do It Like Me"
(2006)

"Laffy Taffy" is a song by Atlanta-based hip-hop group D4L which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2006. The song's success on the charts was largely due to its enormous online sales. Produced by Cory Way p/k/a "Born Immaculate", Broderick Thompson Smith and Richard Sims p/k/a "K-Rab". The song samples and interpolates elements of "Candy Girl" by New Edition.

Remix[edit]

The official remix features rapper Busta Rhymes and new verses by group members Stoney and Shawty Lo with Mook B's verse and Fabo's verse and chorus from the original. There is another version of the remix that has an additional verse by rapper Twista.

Criticism[edit]

During "The Champ" from 2006's Fishscale, Ghostface Killah asks "Y'all stuck on Laffy Taffy/Wonderin' how'd y'all niggas get past me?" Ghostface had mocked the "snap dance" during his 2005 tour.[1] There has also been controversy on who wrote "Laffy Taffy". Rapper Liam "Smack Eyes" Thomas claims that the group had stolen the lyrics from his rhyme book.[2]

In 2010, Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the song at No. 44 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, stating that the song was "[s]o bad that even [Alvin and] the Chipmunks can't make it sound any worse."[3] HipHop365.com rated the song as the worst hip hop song of all time.[4] In 2013, Bennett the Sage of That Guy with the Glasses rated it the worst song to chart No. 1 on Billboard, criticizing the beat, flow and confusing title metaphor.[5]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005-06) Peak
Position
Germany (Media Control Charts)[6] 61
Ireland (IRMA) 48
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 25
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 29
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 15
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Ringtones 5
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 3

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