(I Know I Got) Skillz

"(I Know I Got) Skillz" is the first single released from NBA star and rapper Shaquille O'Neal's debut album, Shaq Diesel.

"(I Know I Got) Skillz"
Single by Shaquille O'Neal featuring Def Jef
from the album Shaq Diesel
ReleasedSeptember 7, 1993
FormatVinyl, CD
Recorded1993
GenreHip hop
Length4:23
LabelJive
Songwriter(s)Shaquille O'Neal, Def Jef
Producer(s)
Shaquille O'Neal singles chronology
"What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)"
(1993)
"(I Know I Got) Skillz"
(1993)
"I'm Outstanding"
(1993)

The song, which saw its official release on September 7, 1993, was produced by Def Jef and Meech Wells and featured a guest verse from Def Jef as well. "(I Know I Got) Skillz" was a success, peaking at 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Shaq's only solo top-40 hit in the US, although he managed to avoid one hit wonder status as he previously scored a hit as a featured guest on the Fu-Schnickens hit "What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)". The single was certified gold by the RIAA on December 21, 1993, for shipping of 500,000 copies.[2]

The song sampled "It's My Thing" by EPMD and "Large Professor" by Main Source.[3]

"(I Know I Got) Skillz" was also featured on Shaq's compilation, The Best of Shaquille O'Neal and appeared in the film Pineapple Express. Shaq had performed this in Staples Center in Los Angeles in the spring of 2019 whilst singing L.A. Dodgers suck.

Single track listing

A-side

  1. "(I Know I Got) Skillz" (LP / radio version)- 4:23
  2. "(I Know I Got) Skillz" (remix)- 4:23

B-side

  1. "(I Know I Got) Skillz" (LP / radio instrumental)- 4:08
  2. "(I Know I Got) Skillz" (remix instrumental)- 4:18

Charts

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Billboard Hot 100 35
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 20
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 3
Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 25

Certifications

Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. Keith Murphy (2016-09-09). "'Shaq Diesel'". The Undefeated. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  2. "American single certifications – Shaquille – I Know I Got". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  3. "Shaquille O'Neal feat. Def Jef's (I Know I Got) Skillz sample of EPMD's It's My Thing". Whosampled.com. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  4. "American single certifications – Shaquille O'Neal – I Know I Got Skillz". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
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