If you were even remotely conscious back in the 90s, you’d remember Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” as the song once peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Certainly, if you were old enough during the summer of 1996, you heard “No Diggity” at practically ever single party you went to for the next two or three years. And although, the song has now been relegated to the 90s nostalgia party circuit, the song has seen a bit of a resurgence in attention as the Australian singer/songwriter Chet Faker recently covered it.
Now if you’ve been following JOVM over the last few months, you might be familiar with a Brooklyn-based electronic music artist and producer by the name of Figgy. With the release of his first two EPs, which combined elements of house, garage and R&B, through Freshmore Records and Symbols Recordings, Figgy received quite a bit of attention; in fact, his previous EP, The One landed on Beatport’s top 10. And one of his singles “Can’t Hide” landed in the top 3 at Hype Machine. So the blogosphere has really been paying attention to Figgy and his work.
Recently, I received an email from the Brooklyn-based producer about his remix of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.” Enough’s been said about the original song but what makes Figgy’s remix so intriguing is that he only retains a portion of the song’s opening line and a portion of the hook and uses that sample as part of a glitchy sample that’s paired with dense layers of staggering, staccato synths and room-rocking beats. Essentially, he turns classic 90s R&B track into a slickly produced club banger – and he does so with a playfully, effortless fashion.