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; PatchWerk Recording Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre Dirty Rap, snap, southern hip hop
Length 3:44
Label WEA
Writer(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 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 Born Immaculate, Broderick Thompson Smith and "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.

On February 4, 2008 "The Boondocks" TV Series, which were produced by Aaron McGruder, aired the episode "The Story of Gangstalicious Part 2". In that episode, the song "Laffy Taffy" has been remixed and renamed to "Homies Over Hoes/Do The Homie", by the fictional gay rapper "Gangstalicious".

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]

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]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005-06) Peak
Position
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 61
Ireland (IRMA) 48
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 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

Certifications[edit]

  • US: 3× Platinum[7]

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 2016-06-09. 
  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. ^ "Musicline.de – D4L Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – D4L – Laffy Taffy". Top 40 Singles.
  7. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – January 10, 2011: "Laffy Taffy" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 10, 2011.