Gettin’ Jiggy wit It

Gettin’ Jiggy wit It

Will Smith

The first hit single from Will’s 1997 album Big Willie Style, this song was so significant that the particular time period in hip-hop from which it came is often called “The Jiggy Era”.

It certainly represents those years in which rap music became ultra mainstream; marked by flashy videos, shiny suits, club-oriented beats, and forgettable lyricism.

The track samples “He’s the Greatest Dancer” by Sister Sledge and borrows from the intro of The Bar-Kays song “Sang and Dance”. Nile Rodgers once mentioned that “Gettin' Jiggy wit It” was one of his favorite tracks that sampled his band Chic.

“Gettin' Jiggy wit It” went to #1 in the US in March 1998, reaching the top spot in its third week on the chart and staying there for three weeks. It also reached the top 20 in several other countries. Billboard declared it the #14 song of 1998. The track also received five Grammy nominations, winning Best Rap Solo Performance.

Smith told Blender Magazine that the single was doing well, but after Jerry Seinfeld said the line, “I was ready to get jiggy with it” on an episode of his show Seinfeld, that’s when the song ‘just went through the roof’.

Later, “Gettin' Jiggy wit It” was featured on the 2004 soundtrack for the film Shark Tale, which starred Will Smith.

Although it was once thought that Nas had ghostwritten the song, the rapper revealed in a 2014 Reddit AMA that “Will Smith wrote that song.”

“Gettin' Jiggy wit It” is remembered both positively and negatively by the media. VH1 named it one of the Greatest Songs of the 90s and GQ said in 2015 that it “somehow aged perfectly”. However, Pitchfork called it one of the 7 worst songs of the 90s.