Chart Performance: Pop (#1 for 4 weeks) & R&B (#1); 1996
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
Peak #1 R&B & Pop for 4 weeks; 1996 After piloting R&B trio Guy to eight Top 10 R&B hits between 1988 and 1991, Riley moved over to the production side of the music biz. Despite outstanding achievements with artists such as Bobby Brown (Humpin’ Around), Heavy D & The Boyz (Now That We Found Love), and Michael Jackson (Black Or White), he missed performing. So, Teddy put together BLACKstreet in 1992, and two years later he was once again a singing star, as Before I Let You Go hit #2 R&B and reached #7 Pop. Another two years and Riley was playing around with a sample from Bill Withers’ Grandma’s Hands. He added the “no diggity” idea from a spontaneous rap created by LL Cool J over of remix of BLACKstreet’s I Like The Way You Work. Riley invited female rapper Queenpen to do her part, and Dr. Dre came up with a rap for the video, which Teddy edited into No Diggity after the track was already finished. No Diggity won Teddy and BLACKstreet a R&B Group Vocalist Grammy.
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- Teddy Riley
- William “Skylz” Stewart
Lyrics Written by:
- Teddy Riley
- Chauncey Hannibal
- Lynise Walters
- William Stewart
- Dr. Dre