Shimmy Shimmy Ya

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"Shimmy Shimmy Ya"
Single by Ol' Dirty Bastard
from the album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
B-side"Baby C'mon"
ReleasedMay 2, 1995
FormatCassette, EP
GenreHardcore hip hop, comedy hip hop
Songwriter(s)Robert Diggs, Russell Jones
Ol' Dirty Bastard singles chronology
"Brooklyn Zoo"
"Shimmy Shimmy Ya"

"Shimmy Shimmy Ya" is the second single by Ol' Dirty Bastard, from the album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (1995). It was produced by fellow Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. The song was ranked number 59 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

A music video was created for the song, directed by Hype Williams.[citation needed] The video shows a depiction of the 1970s, in which large afros and platform shoes were considered fashionable.

A remix by Bay Area producer Studio Ton, featuring West Coast rappers MC Eiht and E-40, was released as a one-song promotional single. A video was made for the remix with special effects involving fire.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" (Extended Version) – 3:48
  2. "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" – 2:41
  3. "Baby C'mon" – 3:38
  4. "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" (Extended Instrumental) – 3:38
  5. "Baby C'mon" (Instrumental) – 3:40
  6. "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" (Extended Acappella) – 3:27

Remix single

  1. "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" (Studio Ton Mix) – 4:10

In media[edit]

The song was used in many movies and television shows, including Breaking Bad and the opening scene of the movie Knocked Up. An excerpt of the song was used in the third episode of Fresh Off the Boat. The song was also used for the Luke Cage trailer. It is also included on the Skate 3 video game soundtrack.

Songs sampled in "Shimmy Shimmy Ya"[edit]

Covers and samples[edit]

The song was covered by dancehall musician Prince Fatty; a similar version of this song was used in the TV show Breaking Bad. It was also covered by El Michels Affair in 2009.[1]

"Shimmy Shimmy Ya" has been sampled or interpolated in at least 80 other songs.[2]

Some of those songs include:


Chart (1995) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 62
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 47
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[8] 9


  1. ^ "Ol' Dirty Bastard Cover Songs". WhoSampled.
  2. ^ "Samples of Shimmy Shimmy Ya by Ol' Dirty Bastard on WhoSampled". WhoSampled.
  3. ^ "Every Sample On Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.'". YouTube. Genius. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Jason Derulo interpolates an Ol' Dirty Bastard classic on his new single Swalla". Genius. February 24, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Deleterio (Ft. Attila (Italia) & Marracash) – Gran Rap".
  6. ^ "Ol Dirty Bastard Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ol Dirty Bastard Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ol Dirty Bastard Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2018.

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