No Diggity

Album: Another Level (1996)
Charted: 9 1
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  • The title is an expression that can have many uses, but generally means "absolutely" or "for sure." In R&B fashion, the lyrics are a suggestive prelude to sex.
  • The acoustic guitar riff was taken from the Bill Withers song "Grandma's Hands."
  • The raps on this song, in order of appearance, were performed by Dr. Dre, Teddy Riley and Queen Pen. Riley is a very successful producer, and has developed many innovative sounds used by R&B groups in the '80s and '90s.
  • This won the 1997 Grammy for Best R & B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
  • "None of the guys liked 'No Diggity,'" Teddy Riley told Soul Culture. "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."
  • Hype Williams directed the music video, which features Blackstreet rapping in front of a beach house and dancers performing on rain-slicked streets. Williams masterminded the video for another of the era's earworms: Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It."
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  • Bertrand from Paris, FranceThis is the peak of work created by producer, songwriter, performer Teddy Riley, leader of the group Blackstreet. He is one of the top r&b masters of the 1990's and a key architect of new jack swing. "No Diggity" is new jack swing fully refined.
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