No Diggity

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"No Diggity"
Single by Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen
from the album Another Level
ReleasedSeptember 30, 1996[1]
Format12-inch single, CD
Recorded1996; 2010 (re-recorded)
GenreR&B
Length5:03
LabelInterscope
069495003-2
Writer(s)Andre Young, Chauncey Hannibal, Teddy Riley, William Stewart, Lynise Walters, Richard Vick, Bill Withers
ProducerTeddy Riley, William "Skylz" Stewart
CertificationPlatinum (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)
 
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"No Diggity"
Single by Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen
from the album Another Level
ReleasedSeptember 30, 1996[1]
Format12-inch single, CD
Recorded1996; 2010 (re-recorded)
GenreR&B
Length5:03
LabelInterscope
069495003-2
Writer(s)Andre Young, Chauncey Hannibal, Teddy Riley, William Stewart, Lynise Walters, Richard Vick, Bill Withers
ProducerTeddy Riley, William "Skylz" Stewart
CertificationPlatinum (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.

Between Blackstreet's sung verses are rap verses performed by Dre, Teddy Riley and Queen Pen. Despite the fact that some of Dr. Dre & Queen Pen's lyrics are censored, there are no "dirty" versions of the song. Also, there is a radio version that excludes both rappers and features Blackstreet only, tailor made for airplay on Top 40 Pop and 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.

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.

Music video[edit]

The video is directed by Hype Williams[2] 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. 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.

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]

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[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart [1996]Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1001
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales1
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 401
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream10
Australia Top 10017
Canadian RPM Dance Chart[3]1
Eurochart Hot 10018
Germany Top 10014
New Zealand Top 501
UK Singles Chart9
Chart [2013]Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)38
Ireland (IRMA)21

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996)Position
Canada Dance (RPM)[4]22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5]42
Chart (1997)Position
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[6]65
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7]23

Decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999)Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8]36

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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