(I Know I Got) Skillz

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"(I Know I Got) Skillz"
I Know I Got Skillz.jpg
Single by Shaquille O'Neal featuring Def Jef
from the album Shaq Diesel
Released September 7, 1993
Format Vinyl, CD
Recorded 1993
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:23
Label Jive
Songwriter(s) Shaquille O'Neal, Def Jef
Producer(s) Def Jef, Meech Wells
Shaquille O'Neal singles chronology
"What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)"
"(I Know I Got) Skillz"
"I'm Outstanding"

"What's Up Doc? (Can We Rock)"
"(I Know I Got) Skillz"
"I'm Outstanding"

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

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.[1]

The song sampled "It's My Thing" by EPMD and "Large Professor" by Main Source.[2]

"(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.

Single track listing[edit]


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


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


Chart (1993) Peak
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


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "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.