Throwback Thursday! Blackstreet – No Diggity

On November 11th, 1996 Blackstreet had the number one song in the country with “No Diggity.”

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The title of the song is an expression that can have many uses, but generally means “absolutely” or “for sure.”

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 check it out above!