After multiple re-interpretations and reworkings since its original release in 1996, "No Diggity" has never quite sounded like this. Slowed down and mellowed out, this cover of "No Diggity" by Chet Faker sounds more like a passionate coffee shop record than a hip-hop groove track by Blackstreet.
The new rendition isn't bad, Faker's voice is smooth and beautiful to listen to, but Faker has somehow managed to trade in the song's old inherent funky edge for a new jazzy sensuality. It's a good cover, but it's hard to top the original. Watch the live performance above to get the full experience.
Faker's "No Diggity" cover is the third song on his debut EP Thinking in Textures, which came out last year. In October of 2012 Faker won Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Thinking in Textures won Best Independent Single/EP at the Australian Independent Records Awards. The record also won Best Independent Release at the Rolling Stone Australia Awards for 2012.