Blackstreet featuring Dr.Dre – No Diggity

  BLACKstreet is an American R&B group founded in 1992 by Teddy Riley, the inventor of New Jack Swing known for his work as a member of Guy. The band members are: Teddy Riley, Eric Williams, Mark Middleton, and J-Remy. Former members of BLACKstreet are Joseph Stonestreet, Levi Little, Dave Hollister, Terrell Phillips,Chauncey Hannibal, and […]

 

BLACKstreet is an American R&B group founded in 1992 by Teddy Riley, the inventor of New Jack Swing known for his work as a member of Guy. The band members are: Teddy Riley, Eric Williams, Mark Middleton, and J-Remy. Former members of BLACKstreet are Joseph Stonestreet, Levi Little, Dave Hollister, Terrell Phillips,Chauncey Hannibal, and J-Stylz. Their debut album, BLACKstreet, was a moderate success due to the singles “Booti Call” and “Before I Let You Go”, both Top 40 hits (“Before I Let You Go” hit the Top 10). The follow-up, 1996’s Another Level (see 1996 in music) was a breakthrough success due to the top single “No Diggity” (with Dr. Dre), which was a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1996, and won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, along with the Top 40 hit “Don’t Leave Me”. Another Level eventually went four times platinum in the United States and peaked at #3 on the Billboard chart. “No Diggity” is ranked at #91 on Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs.

 

No Diggity” is a song by American R&B group Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen in her first recorded appearance. 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. In 2010, the song was re-recorded with the new members with a remastered instrumental.

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 musical backing track is an altered sample from the beginning of “Grandma’s Hands” by R&B hitmaker Bill Withers. Dr. Dre originally intended the beat to be for 2Pac. However when he left Death Row Records he sold the instrumental to Blackstreet, causing 2Pac to have to change the beat for Toss It Up, but still using the same sample; he then added the second verse to the song dissing Dre.

The official remix of the song is a cover of Michael Jackson‘s 1983 song, “Billie Jean“, which later became a tribute to the singer after his death.

 

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.

 

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

Billie Jean” written by Michael Jackson.

 

“No Diggity”
(feat. Dr. Dre)

You know what
I like the playettes
No diggity, no doubt
Play on playette
Play on playette
Yo Dre, drop the verse

[Dr. Dre]
It’s going down, fade to Blackstreet
The homies got RB, collab’ creations
Bump like Acne, no doubt
I put it down, never slouch
As long as my credit can vouch
A dog couldn’t catch me ass out
Tell me who can stop when Dre making moves
Attracting honeys like a magnet
Giving em eargasms with my mellow accent
Still moving this flavour
With the homies Blackstreet and Teddy
The original rump shakers

Shorty get down, good Lord
Baby got em up open all over town
Strictly biz, she don’t play around
Cover much ground, got game by the pound
Getting paid is a forte
Each and every day, true player way
I can’t get her out of my mind
(what)
I think about the girl all the time

East side to the west side
Pushing phat rides, it’s no surprise
She got tricks in the stash
Stacking up the cash
Fast when it comes to the gas
By no means average
She’s on when she’s got to have it
Baby, you’re a perfect ten, I wanna get in
Can I get down, so I can win

[1] – I like the way you work it
No diggity, I got to bag it up, bag it up
[Repeat 1 (3x)]

She’s got class and style
Street knowledge by the pound,
Baby never act wild
Very low key on the profile
Catching catichin’ villains is a no,
Let me tell you how it goes
Curve’s the words, spins the verbs
Lovers it curves so freak what you heard
Rollin’ with the phatness
You don’t even know what the half is
You gotta pay to play
Just for shorty, bang-bang, to look your way
I like the way you work it
Trumped tight, all day, every day
You’re blowing my mind, maybe in time
Baby, I can get you in my ride

[Repeat 1 (4x)]

[2] – Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, hey yo
Hey yo, that girl looks good
Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, hey yo
Play on, play on playette
Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, hey yo
You’re my kind of girl, no diggity
Hey yo, hey yo, hey yo, hey yo
Hey

[Queen Pen]
Cause that’s my peeps and we row G
Flying first class from New York City to Blackstreet
What you know about me, not a motherf.. thing
Cartier wooded frames sported by my shortie
As for me, icy gleaming pinky diamond ring
We be’s the baddest clique up on the scene
Ain’t you getting bored with these fake ass broads
I shows and proves, no doubt, I be taking you, so
Please excuse, if I come across rude
That’s just me and that’s how the playettes got to be
Stay kicking game with a capital G
Axe the peoples on my block, I’m as real as can be
Word is bond, faking jacks never been my flavor
So, Teddy, pass the word to your nigga Chauncy
I be sitting in car, let’s say around 3:30
Queen Pen and Blackstreet, it’s no diggity
[Repeat 1 (4x)]

[Repeat 2]



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