No Diggity

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"No Diggity"
Single by Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen
from the album Another Level
Released September 30, 1996[1]
Format 12-inch single, CD
Recorded 1996; 2010 (re-recorded)
Genre R&B
Length 5:03
Label Interscope
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Writer(s) Andre Young, Chauncey Hannibal, Teddy Riley, William Stewart, Lynise Walters, Richard Vick, Bill Withers
Producer(s) Teddy Riley, William "Skylz" Stewart
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Blackstreet singles chronology
"Tonight's the Night"
(1995)
"No Diggity"
(1996)
"(Money Can't) Buy Me Love"
(1997)
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"California Love"
(1996)
"No Diggity"
(1996)
"East Coast West Coast Killas"
(1996)

"No Diggity" is a song by American R&B group Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and in New Zealand, and number nine in the United Kingdom. "No Diggity" ended "Macarena"'s 14-week reign atop the US Billboard Charts. It ranked at number 91 on Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs. It sold 1.6 million copies in 1996, and won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and was nominated for Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. It ranked at #32 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s.

Between Blackstreet's sung verses are rap verses performed by Dre, Teddy Riley and Queen Pen. Despite the fact that some of Dr. Dre & Queen Pen's lyrics are censored, there are no "dirty" versions of the song. Also, there is a radio version that excludes both rappers and features Blackstreet only, tailor made for airplay on Adult R&B stations.

Riley originally offered the song to Guy as part of their short-lived reunion in 1996. After failing to record any material, he then suggested the song to Guy's lead singer Aaron Hall, who refused to take part in recording the song.[2] He then offered the song to his other group Blackstreet. In a 2010 interview, Riley revealed the song was initially a hard sell among group members. He stated:

“None of the guys liked ‘No Diggity’. None of them. They would even say it. That’s why I’m singing the first verse.. You know how they say they pushed the little one out there to see if it tastes good and see if he would get egged? Well they pushed me out there – and it became a hit. And now they wish they were singing the first verse, so that they can have the notoriety like me. So they trust what I’m saying…”[3]

The song's musical backing track is an altered sample from the beginning of "Grandma's Hands" by R&B hitmaker Bill Withers.

In the United Kingdom, the song climbed back into the top forty of the UK Singles Chart in March 2013, peaking at number thirty-eight 16 years after its original release there.

Music video[edit]

The video is directed by Hype Williams[4] and features Blackstreet members in front of a beachhouse standing in the sand, dancers in a wet road surrounded by black limousines, and a marionette playing the piano sample in a club. It was nominated for Best R&B Video and Best Rap Video on 1997's MTV Video Music Awards.

Australian CD single[edit]

  1. "No Diggity" (LP version)
  2. "No Diggity" (clean version)
  3. "No Diggity" (Billie Jean Remix)
  4. "No Diggity" (All Star Remix)
  5. "No Diggity" *(Instrumental)

Versions[edit]

  • A1 "Billie Jean" (Remix) – 5:38
    • Producer: Blackstreet, Teddy Riley
  • A2 "Billie Jean" (Instrumental) – 5:38
    • Producer: Blackstreet, Teddy Riley
  • A3 "No Diggity" ("Will" Remix) – 4:26
    • Producer: Teddy Riley, William "Skylz" Stewart
  • B1 "No Diggity" ("All-Star" Remix) – 4:44)
    • Producer: Allstar
  • B2 "No Diggity" ("All-Star" Remix Instrumental) – 4:44
    • Producer: Allstar
  • B3 "No Diggity" (a cappella) – 4:42
    • Producer: Teddy Riley, William "Skylz" Stewart
  • Rx1 "No Diggity" (Bondax Remix) – 3:36
    • Producers: George Townsend & Adam Kaye

Personnel[edit]

Published by Donrill Music/Zomba Enterprises, Inc. (ASCAP/Chauncey Black Music for Smokin' Sounds [ASCAP]/Queenpen Music (ASCAP)/Sidi Music (BMI)/Sony Songs Inc./Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But Fuckin' (ASCAP)

Track recorded by George Mayers, John Hanes, Serban Genea and Sean Poland for Future Recording Studios, Virginia Beach, VA. Track mastered by Herb Powers at Hit Factory, New York, NY.

Queen Pen appears courtesy of Funky Mama Productions/Interscope Records. Dr. Dre appears courtesy of Aftermath Entertainment.

Track contains portions of "Grandma's Hands" written by Bill Withers and published by Interior Music Corp./Avant Garde Music Publishing, Inc. performed by Bill Withers, used courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment.

All-Star Remix contains a sample of "As Long As I've Got You", written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter & performed by The Charmels. Will Remix contains a mimic of "Cell Therapy", written by Barnett, Burton, Gipp and Knighton & performed by Goodie Mob.

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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