Music video by Will Smith performing Gettin' Jiggy Wit It. (C) 1997 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
"Gettin' Jiggy wit It" is a single by Will Smith from his album Big Willie Style. Released in early 1998 and co-written by Nas, it was Smith's first 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. This 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, with Matthew Wilkening complaining, "Honestly, how many times do we have to hear this phrase in the middle of a bad sitcom's corny sex joke?"
The song samples the Sister Sledge song "He's the Greatest Dancer" and The Bar-Kays song "Sang and Dance". The line "mama (uh), mama (uh), mama come closer" is based on an altered version of the refrain of "Soul Makossa" by Manu Dibango. The line "since I moved up like George and Weezie" is a reference to the TV show The Jeffersons as well as the show's theme song, "Movin' On Up" by Ja'net Dubois.
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