La Di Da Di

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This article is about the Doug E. Fresh Song. For the 2015 album by Battles, see La Di Da Di (album).
"La Di Da Di"
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Single by Doug E. Fresh and MC Ricky D
A-side "The Show"
Released August 13, 1985
Format Maxi single
Recorded 1984
Genre New school hip hop, beatboxing
Length 4:31
Label Reality Records
Writer(s) Douglas Davis
Richard Walters[1]
Producer(s) Dennis Bell & Ollie Cotton for City Slicker Productions

"La Di Da Di" is a song performed by Doug E. Fresh, who provides the beatboxed instrumental, and MC Ricky D (later known as Slick Rick), who performs the vocals. 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, and has been sampled or referenced in numerous other hip hop songs since its release.

Different edits[edit]

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

Cover versions[edit]

"Lodi Dodi"
Song by Snoop Doggy Dogg featuring Nanci Fletcher from the album Doggystyle
Released 1993
Genre West coast hip hop, G-funk, Gangsta Rap
Length 4:24
Label Death Row Records, Interscope Records
Writer(s) Calvin Broadus, Douglas Davis, Hachidai Nakamura, Ei Rokusuke, Ricky Walters
Producer(s) Dr. Dre

Snoop Dogg covered "La Di Da Di" as "Lodi Dodi". Mindless Self Indulgence also covered the song, with some changes in lyrics. The song has been covered live by Chuck Brown and also by Korn.

Snoop Doggy Dogg version charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
US Hot 100 Airplay (Billboard)[2] 63
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[3] 34

Samples and references by later artists[edit]

"La Di Da Di" has gained a reputation for consistently being sampled and referenced by many artists. The following is a list of other songs that referenced "La Di Da Di":