“No Diggity’ was not just the biggest song of the year. It was the biggest song for about three years. I mean they were singing that song twice on X-Factor. It’s the record that helped cultivate a sound that people still haven’t gotten. Not even myself…I cannot reproduce that song. It’s a one of a kind song. I don’t take all the credit for that song. How I came about ‘No Diggity’ it was myself and Will Stewart, who passed away about 10 years ago. It came in where I heard Will with that sample working on the MPC in the B room of Future recording studios. And I said give me that sample. He brought it in the room and I put that sample in Logic. But I knew it wasn’t going to work without the MP. So I kept the drums in the MPC and I took the sample and broke it up in Logic so it could all synch up. And I added those drums in there with a reverse kick.
After I finished making the track, Will came in and was like, ‘This record is a smash. But what do you want to write to it?’ I gave him the melody for ‘No Diggity.’ I wanted the song to start with ‘Shorty get down…’ And then I thought, ‘Well, can we add the words Good Lord to the track?’ I’m like, ‘Man, it’s sounding like a gospel record.’ [laughs] So we came up with, ‘Shorty get down, good Lord, she got it working all over town…’ And Will also came up with that game by the pound line. And we took the I like the way you work it line from a LL Cool J song we did. But the truth is no one in the group liked ‘No Diggity.’ That’s the reason why I was singing the first verse. Them dudes were looking at me like, ‘This nigga is crazy.’ That’s when I told Eric, ‘I need you to try the second verse.’ And it worked!
The record company didn’t get ‘No Diggity’ either. You know who had to call Jimmy Iovine to say, ‘Teddy Riley has a smash record?’ That was Heavy D, my best friend. And that was also Dr. Dre who told Jimmy, ‘I want to be in this video when Teddy does this video! Because I missed ‘Rump Shaker’ and I know Teddy is going to have some hot girls in that video.’ So Jimmy calls me back and says, ‘No Diggity’ is going to be a big record. Dre wants to be in the video.’ And I’m telling him, ‘Well, Dre can’t be in my video unless he raps on the song.’ Because I had been trying to get a Death Row artist on one of my songs for a long time. But Suge Knight (former notorious Death Row head) would not let a Death Row artists be on my album unless we paid him $50,000 and joined his label. And that’s how Dre got on ‘No Diggity.’ He even got a piece of the publishing. ‘No Diggity’ turned out to be the biggest record I’ve ever been associated with as a singer.”