No Diggity was released on July 29th, 1996 on Interscope records.
It’s lucky the original No Diggity even got made. The backing beat was produced by Dr Dre and originally made for 2pac’s song ‘All Eyez On Me’. As Dr Dre moved away from the record label, the beat for 2pac’s song was changed as Dr Dre owned the rights. Once No Diggity was written, it was not only passed on by another group (GUY), but also, at first, disliked by the Blackstreet members. All be it, the group decided to try the song out, quickly realizing they had just put together a smash hit, they came to love the song.
No Diggity was written by Chauncey Hannibal, Teddy Riley, William Stwart, Lynse Walters, Dr Dre, Richard Vick and Bill Withers. It was produced by Teddy Riley and William “Skylz” Stewart.
The Gankrel remix takes inspiration from Deep House for the bassline and while keeping the main loop (sampled from Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands), adds new riff variations at a higher tempo. Most notably, there is heavy use of the Amen Brother snare.
Key / BPM
Gb Minor | 116 BPM
Produced in Ableton Live 10.
The original No Diggity sampled Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands. The loop sample was used throughout as the main backing of the track. This loop was also used in Gankrel’s remix as it was deemed to be a main characteristic of the song.