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[Music] Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It



Will Smith

…and here comes the Prince of Bella himself! Hey y’all!, thrill your day with this amazing 1997 hit song from Will Smith titled “Gettin’ Jiggy With it”.

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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 (1997). The verse is based around a sample of “He’s the Greatest Dancer” by Sister Sledge, and the chorus is sampled from “Sang and Dance” by the Bar-Kays. Released in January 1998, the song was Smith’s second hit produced by Poke & Tone and L.E.S., who replaced his long-time partner Jazzy Jeff, though the record-scratching techniques of Jazzy Jeff can be heard in the song.

The song spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart from March 14, 1998. It 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. However, it was ranked at #19 on the list of AOL Radio’s 100 Worst Songs Ever in 2010. The song was included in Pitchfork Media’s 2010 list of “the seven worst U.S. No. 1 singles of the 90s”.

The song samples the 1979 Sister Sledge song “He’s the Greatest Dancer”. The “mama-uh, mama-uh, mama come closer” line is a reference to the song “Soul Makossa” by Manu Dibango, specifically the version adapted by Michael 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.

Smith has attested in an interview that his inspiration to alter the meaning for the purpose of the song came from his association of the term “jiggy” with “jigaboo”, a derogatory term for African-Americans, which made the literal meaning of the title “getting African-American with it” and which was meant to reference the popular folk-myth of an innate sense of rhythm in black folks. The co-opting of a once offensive word also was racially empowering.

The song was also sampled by a Russian pop group Hi-Fi in their 1999 song “Pro Leto” (translated as “About Summer”).

Since the song’s release, many people have speculated if Nas helped compose it, as he also helped compose the songs “Chasing Forever”, “Yes Yes Y’all” and “Just Cruisin'” for Smith. In April 2014 on the social networking site Reddit, Nas finally put the rumor to rest:

“Alright, let’s clear this up once and for all. I hung out with Will in the studio. And watched him write it. It was a fun studio session, and I said a line or two or three to him. It wasn’t that serious. Will Smith wrote that song. But seriously, I watched him have fun making that record on his own, and Will is a true MC.”

The music video was directed by Hype Williams and was filmed at various hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, including the New York-New York Hotel and Casino, The Mirage, and the foyer of the Luxor Las Vegas.

The video features a series of tableaux including a Deee-Lite-inspired sequence, a glitzy Puffa jacket-style choreographed studio dance routine, a sequence set in Ancient Egypt and a volcano-backed Hawaiian/ Māori segment. Other music styles, including Bollywood, are referenced. The video closes with Smith dancing beneath the Statue of Liberty replica at the New York-New York Hotel and Casino.

“Gettin’ Jiggy wit It” won the 1998 MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video. The song was also nominated for four additional awards, including Best Choreography, Viewer’s Choice, Best Dance Video, and Video of the Year, but these further nominations were lost to Madonna for her song “Ray of Light”.

In the 1999 film Superstar, lead character Mary Katherine Gallagher gets advice from Jesus Christ, played by Will Ferrell, telling her to “Get jiggy wit it, Na na na na na na”. In the Seinfeld episode “The Reverse Peephole“, Jerry is disappointed at not being selected as DJ for a house party, stating, in regards to his having previously DJ’ed, “I got jiggy with it!”[citation needed] The song is also featured in the video game Backyard Football ’08.

The song has also been spoofed and covered by various artists. DJ Screw created a chopped and screwed version of the song. Jam band Phish covered the song on their 1999 album Hampton Comes Alive. The song was referenced in the King Crimson song “The World’s My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum” on 2000’s The Construkction of Light album. Cassetteboy released a short spoof version of the song in the wake of the 2015 Piggate scandal (the allegation that the British Prime Minister David Cameron once placed “a private part of his anatomy” into the mouth of a dead pig’s head) entitled Gettin Piggy With It. – Wikipedia

With your headset slugged on, thrill your day with this amazing song and don’t forget to share with us here at All Naija Entertainment on what you think about the song via the comment section below… . .

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Some Quotable Lyrics

Bring it.
Unh, unh, unh, unh
Hoo cah cah
Hah hah, hah hah
[mimicking bass line] Bicka bicka bow bow bow,
Bicka bow bow bump bump
What, what, what, what
Hah hah hah hah
On your mark ready set let’s go
Dance floor pro I know you know
I go psycho when my new joint hit
Just can’t sit
Gotta get jiggy wit it
Ooh that’s it
Now honey honey come ride
DKNY all up in my eye
You gotta Prada bag with alotta stuff in it
Give it to your friend let’s spin
Everybody lookin’ at me
Glancin’ the kid
Wishin’ they was dancin’ a jig
Here with this handsome kid
Ciga-cigar right from Cuba-Cuba
I just bite it
It’s for the look I don’t light it
Illway the an-may on the ance-day oor-flay
Givin’ up jiggy make it feel like foreplay
Yo my car-dee-o is Infinit-
Ha ha
Big Willie Style’s all in it
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It
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