D4L Song ‘Laffy Taffy’ Reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 – Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Jan. 14, in hip-hop history...
2006: Atlanta rap crew D4L crafted a platinum-selling hit and guaranteed new millennium party-starter when they recorded their 2005 single, "Laffy Taffy," which appeared on the group's one and only studio album, Down for Life.
D4L brought a brand new sound to the city of Atlanta when they helped kick off the snap music craze in the mid-2000s. Produced by Born Immaculate, Broderick Thompson Smith and K-Rab, the "Laffy Taffy" track uses a sample from New Edition's "Candy Girl," and intricately plays with elements of Southern snap music in the most catchy way possible. What's even better, when the song's video was dropped, D4L introduced the easy and infectious snap dance move to the masses, making it a hit in clubs across America. The song's ubiquitous hook was hard to ignore and had party people all over the place shaking that laffy taffy.
Released in October 2005, the banger enjoyed a steady rise up the charts, and D4L members Fabo, Mook-B, Stoney and the since-deceased Shawty Lo celebrated their first ever Billboard No. 1 song on Jan. 14, 2006. "Laffy Taffy" was officially remixed by Busta Rhymes later that same year, and the phrase "Shake that Laffy Taffy" serves as a pop culture reference for any kid who grew up in the early 2000s.
To date, "Laffy Taffy" is certified three times platinum in the U.S., is D4L's biggest single and remains one of the longest running No. 1 songs in hip-hop history.
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