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"No Diggity"
Single by BLACKstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen
from the album Another Level
Released October 1, 1996/1997
Format 12-inch single, CD5
Recorded 1996
Genre R&B
Length 5:03
Label Interscope
069495003-2
Writer(s) Andre Young/Chauncey Hannibal/Teddy Riley/William Stewart/Lynise Walters/Richard Vick/Bill Withers
Producer Teddy Riley and Skylz
Certification Platinum
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. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 in the UK. It ranked at #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 Best R&B Song. It ranked at #32 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s.

Between BLACKstreet's sung verses are rap verses performed by Dre, Teddy Riley and Queen Pen, in that order, as well as backing vocals from Shaquana Elam. Despite the fact that some of Dr. Dre & Queen Pen's lyrics are censored, there are no "dirty" versions of the song.

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

The official remix of the song is a cover to the pop artist Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean", it's later became a tribute.

Contents

The music video

The video is directed by Hype Williams and features said artists in front of a beachhouse standing in the sand, dancers in a wet road surrounded by black limousines, and a marionette resembling former Nike spokesman Lil' Penny 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. Video production and casting was handled in house by Future Recording Studios manager Tony Brown who also worked closely with puppeteers to develop marionettes of Teddy Riley and Chauncey Black.

On November 9, 1996, "No Diggity" overtook "Macarena" for the Billboard 100 Single's number one spot. Also, the term "I'll go Blackstreet on your ass", which is credited to Chauncey "Black as the street" Black began to appear in American slang as an expression of one's desire to "throw down" or initiate a confrontation.

Versions

  • 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

Personnel

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. (BMI); performed by Bill Withers, used courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment

"Billie Jean" written by Michael Jackson.

Charts

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. US R&B / Hip-Hop 1
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
Rhythmic Top 40 1
Top 40 Mainstream 10
Australia Top 100 17
New Zealand Top 50 1
Germany Top 100 14
Eurochart Hot 100 18
UK Top 75 Singles 9

Cover versions

See also

Preceded by
"Macarena" by Los Del Rio
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
November 9, 1996- November 30, 1996
Succeeded by
"Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton
Preceded by
"What's Love Got to Do with It" by Warren G featuring Adina Howard
RIANZ (New Zealand) number one single
22 November 1996
Succeeded by
"No Woman, No Cry" by Fugees
Preceded by
"Last Night" by Az Yet
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks number one single
October 19, 1996
Succeeded by
"Pony" by Ginuwine







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