No Diggity

"No Diggity"
Single by Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen
from the album Another Level
Released September 30, 1996[1]
  • 1996
  • 2010 (re-recorded)
Length 5:03
Label Interscope 069495003-2
Blackstreet singles chronology
"Tonight's the Night"
"No Diggity"
"(Money Can't) Buy Me Love"
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"California Love"
"No Diggity"
"Been There, Done That"

"No Diggity" is a song by American R&B group Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen. The song reached 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 Billboard Hot 100. 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. 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.


Co-producer Teddy Riley originally offered the song to Guy as part of their short-lived reunion in 1996. After failing to record any material, he then suggested the song to Guy's lead singer Aaron Hall, who refused to take part in recording the song.[2] He then offered the song to his other group Blackstreet. In a 2010 interview, Riley revealed the song was initially a hard sell among group members. He stated:

"None of the guys liked 'No Diggity'. 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..."[3]


Between Blackstreet's sung verses are rap verses performed by Dre, Teddy Riley and Queen Pen. There is a radio version that excludes both rappers and features Blackstreet only, tailor made for airplay on Adult R&B stations.

The song's musical backing track is an altered sample from the beginning of "Grandma's Hands" by R&B singer Bill Withers.

Music video

The video is directed by Hype Williams[4] 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 (the marionette said something about society) 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.

Australian CD single

  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)



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 and performed by The Charmels. Will Remix contains a mimic of "Cell Therapy", written by Barnett, Burton, Gipp and Knighton and performed by Goodie Mob.

Charts and certifications

Peak positions

Chart (1996–97) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 21
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 9
Canada Dance (RPM)[9] 1
Denmark (IFPI)[10] 2
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 18
France (SNEP)[11] 25
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 14
Ireland (IRMA) 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 1
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 10
Chart (2013) Peak
Ireland (IRMA) 21
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 38

Year-end charts

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Dance (RPM)[20] 22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[21] 42
Chart (1997) Position
Australian Singles Chart[22] 63
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[23] 65
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[24] 23

Decade-end charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[25] 36


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[27] Gold 25,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[28] Platinum 0*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[29] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[30] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[32] Platinum 1,600,000[33]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions


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