Will Smith went No. 1 on the US singles chart with 'Gettin' Jiggy Wit It'
On this day in music, famous rapper, Will Smith, started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Gettin' Jiggy Wit It'!
"Gettin' Jiggy wit It" is a single by American actor and rapper Will Smith, released as the third cut from his debut solo album Big Willie Style. Released in January 1998, the song was Smith's second hit produced by Poke & Tone, who replaced his long-time partner Jazzy Jeff, though the record-scratching techniques of Jazzy Jeff can be heard in the song.
The record spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart from March 14, 1998. The song also won a Grammy Award in 1999 for the Best Rap Solo Performance. It was ranked the 68th greatest song of the 1990s by VH1. "Gettin' Jiggy wit It" Hit Number 1 on March 11, 1998. However, it was ranked at #19 on the list of AOL Radio's 100 Worst Songs Ever in 2010.
The song samples the Sister Sledge song "He's the Greatest Dancer" and "Movin' On Up" by Ja'net Dubois. The "mama-uh, mama-uh, mama come closer" line is a reference to the song Soul Makossa by Manu Dibango, specifically the version adapted byMichael Jackson in Wanna Be Startin' Somethin''s final bridge. The connotations associated with the expression getting jiggy were heavily influenced by this single. The term went from being used to acclaim one's fashion or style towards being synonymous with dancing, and eventually back to the original association with sexual connotations.