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
Recorded 1996; 2010 (re-recorded)
Genre R&B
Length 5:03
Label Interscope
069495003-2
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
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. 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.

Background[edit]

Co-producer Teddy 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]

Content[edit]

Between Blackstreet's sung verses are rap verses performed by Dre, Teddy Riley and Queen Pen. There is a radio version that excludes both rappers and features Blackstreet only, tailor made for airplay on Adult R&B stations.

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

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 and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ hampton, dream (February 2000). Hard Rock: Nas, Eve and Sisqo Take it to the New Millennium. Vibe Magazine. 
  3. ^ http://soulculture.com/videos/teddy-riley-on-new-blackstreet-lp-mj-cover-no-diggity-backstory-failed-guy-reform-sctv/
  4. ^ "Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre & Queen Pen - No Diggity". music video. mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre – No Diggity". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre – No Diggity" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
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  9. ^ RPM: issue date November 18, 1996
  10. ^ Denmark peak
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  18. ^ Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1996
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  22. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  24. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Blackstreet – No Diggity". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  25. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  26. ^ "British single certifications – Blackstreet – No Diggity". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter No Diggity in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  27. ^ "American single certifications – Blackstreet – No Diggity". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  28. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1996". Billboard (BPI Communications Inc.) 109 (3): 61. January 18, 1997. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  29. ^ "What I Got on AVP's MySpace page". Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
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  31. ^ Washington uses dog doogity music video to encourage pet waste cleanup - Local - MyNorthwest.com
  32. ^ "JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound cover Blackstreet". Retrieved 4 June 2013. 

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