Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1 for 3 weeks) and R&B (#6);1998

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

As “The Fresh Prince” of “D.J. Jazzy Jeff &,” Will Smith tasted success with listener-friendly rap singles such as Parents Just Don’t Understand, A Nightmare On My Street, and Summertime. After snagging the first Rap Grammy for Parents, Will quickly moved on to television (The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air) and film (Where The Day Takes You and Six Degrees Of Separation) fame. Smith put his recording career on hold for several years, returning in 1997 with the massive hit film and theme song, Men In Black. November, 1997 found Smith releasing his first solo album, Big Willie Style. Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It, the initial single from the album, followed in MIB‘s path, climbing to #1 Pop. Jiggy was an across the-board smash, even giving a respectable showing on Latin Pop, Tropical, and Salsa radio. In true rap/ hip-hop fashion, Jiggy includes samples from Sister Sledge’s He’s The Greatest Dancer and the Bar-Kay’s Dance And Sang.

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Produced by:

  • Poke & Tone
  • L.E.S. (co-producer)

Lyrics Written by:

  • Will Smith
  • Samuel Barnes
  • Bernard Edwards
  • Joe Robinson
  • Nile Rodgers

Awards:

  • “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” won the Grammy Award in 1999 for the Best Rap Solo Performance