This samples the beat from "He's The Greatest Dancer
" by Sister Sledge (1979), and the "na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na" hook from a song called "Sang and Dance" by the Bar-Kays (1970). It also incorporates some lyrical elements from the 1980 song "Love Rap" by Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three (the "to the east to the west... yes yes y'all" part).
Thanks to the samples and interpolation, 12 different writers are credited as composers on "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It." Here's the breakdown:
The seven guys who wrote "Sang and Dance," which was six members of the Bar-Kays (James Alexander, Ben Cauley, Larry Dodson, Willie Hall, Harvey Henderson and Winston Stewart) plus the Stax Records songwriter David Porter.
Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, who wrote "He's The Greatest Dancer." They were founders of the group Chic; Rogers enjoyed a career resurgence in 2013 after he worked on the Daft Punk album Random Access Memories
Joe Robinson, who ran Sugarhill Records with his wife Sylvia. Robinson wrote "Love Rap" for Spoonie Gee, who was signed to the label.
Samuel Barnes, who was half of the production team Poke & Tone, which produced this track.
Will Smith, who wrote the lyrics.