Shaq Diesel

Shaq Diesel is the debut album by professional basketball player and rapper, Shaquille O'Neal, released on October 26, 1993 through Jive Records.[1] The album features production from Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Def Jef, Erick Sermon, K-Cut and Meech Wells, and guest appearances from Def Jef, Phife Dawg and Fu-Schnickens.[1] Despite mixed to negative reviews, the album became a surprising success, reaching 25 on the Billboard 200 and eventually reaching platinum status on March 21, 1994 for shipping of one million copies.[4]

Shaq Diesel
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 1993
GenreHip hop
ProducerAli Shaheed Muhammad, Def Jef, Erick Sermon, K-Cut, Meech Wells
Shaquille O'Neal chronology
Shaq Diesel
Shaq Fu: Da Return
Singles from Shaq Diesel
  1. "(I Know I Got) Skillz"
    Released: September 7, 1993
  2. "I'm Outstanding"
    Released: November 10, 1993
  3. "Shoot Pass Slam"
    Released: January 4, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment Weeklymixed[3]

Two singles from the album also managed to fare well on the charts, "(I Know I Got) Skillz", made it to #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and managed to reach gold status on December 21, 1993 for shipping of 500,000 copies, while "I'm Outstanding" made it to #47 on the Hot 100. A third single entitled "Shoot Pass Slam" was also released, but did not make it to the Billboard charts.

Track listing

1."Intro"  1:48
2."(I Know I Got) Skillz" (featuring Def Jef)Shaquille O'Neal, Meech Wells, Jeffrey FortsonDef Jef, Meech Wells4:23
3."I'm Outstanding"O'Neal, Alisa Yarbrough, Erick Sermon, Raymound CalhounErick Sermon4:07
4."Where Ya At?" (featuring Phife Dawg)O'Neal, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Malik TaylorAli Shaheed Muhammad4:44
5."I Hate 2 Brag"O'Neal, Fortson, Wells, Herbie HancockDef Jef, Meech Wells4:32
6."Let Me In, Let Me In"O'NealErick Sermon3:03
7."Shoot Pass Slam"O'Neal, SermonErick Sermon3:31
8."Boom!" (featuring Fu-Schnickens)O'Neal, Sermon, J. Jones, Lennox Maturine, Roderick RoachfordErick Sermon3:00
9."Are You a Roughneck?"O'Neal, Jones, Maturine, RoachfordK-Cut3:42
10."Giggin' on 'Em" (featuring Phife Dawg)O'Neal, Taylor, Dr. "?", D.T. GorfDr. "?"4:08
11."What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)" (featuring Fu-Schnickens)O'Neal, Maturine, Roachford, Jones, B. Buni, Kevin McKenzieK-Cut3:53
12."Game Over"  0:10


Chart (1993) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[5] 25
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[6] 10
U.S. Billboard Top Album Sales[7] 25
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Album Sales[8] 10


Region CertificationCertified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^

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


  1. Keith Murphy (2016-09-09). "'Shaq Diesel'". The Undefeated. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  2. Shaq Diesel at AllMusic
  3. "EW review". Archived from the original on May 26, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-02.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. "American album certifications – Shaquille – Shaq Diesel". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  5. "Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  6. "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  7. "Top Album Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  8. "R&B/Hip-Hop Album Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  9. "American album certifications – Shaquille O'Neal – Shaq Diesel". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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