Laffy Taffy (song)

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"Laffy Taffy"
Laffy Taffy.jpg
Single by D4L
from the album Down for Life
ReleasedOctober 18, 2005 (2005-10-18)
FormatCD single
Recorded2005; PatchWerk Recording Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
GenreDirty rap, snap
Length3:44
LabelWEA
Songwriter(s)Lafabian Williams, Adrian Parks, Dennis Butler, Cory Way, Broderick Thompson Smith, Michael Johnson
Producer(s)K-Rab
D4L singles chronology
"Laffy Taffy"
(2005)
"Betcha Can't Do It Like Me"
(2006)

"Laffy Taffy" is a 2005 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. The music video version of the song samples and interpolates elements of "Candy Girl" by New Edition, whereas the CD single version of the song excludes the sampling. The song was produced by Born Immaculate, Broderick Thompson Smith and "K-Rab", and the music video was directed by Thomas Forbes.

Criticism[edit]

During "The Champ" from 2006's Fishscale, Ghostface Killah asks "My arts is crafty darts/ while y'all stuck on Laffy Taffy/Wondering, 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]

HipHop365.com rated the song as the worst hip hop song of all time.[3] In 2013, Bennett the Sage of Channel Awesome rated it the worst song to chart No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, criticizing the beat, flow and confusing title metaphor.[4] Additionally, in a D4L career retrospective, Todd Nathanson called it "the worst song he could remember".

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005–06) Peak
Position
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[5] 39
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 61
Ireland (IRMA) 48
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 25
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 29
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 15
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[11] 6
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 14

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
United States 3× Platinum[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived December 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "D4L - Biography". ViTV. 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-02-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "The 25 Worst Songs of All Time". Hiphop365.com. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  4. ^ "The Top 20 Worst Number One Songs". Channelawesome.com. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2014-06-27.
  5. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Musicline.de – D4L Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – D4L – Laffy Taffy". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "D4L: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "D4L Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "D4L Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "D4L Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "D4L Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – January 10, 2011: "Laffy Taffy" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)