For those who remember, the release of Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” was a moment that sent shockwaves through audiences. No one had heard anything like it before. With the addition of Snoop Dogg, hip-hop was the new rap. Even with melodies created by funk and soul classics, the menace and streetwise bravado of rap remained intact with the development of hip-hop.
Released in 1992, and changing the course of rap music forever, “The Chronic” was a product of Death Row Records. It featured songs like “Let Me Ride” which featured Dr. Dre and of all people, Jewell. And the ever-popular “Nothin’ But a “G” Thang” which found the legendary Dr. Dre teaming up with the newcomer at the time, Snoop Dogg.
“Nothin’ But a “G” Thang” was a rap song that featured a back-and-forth exchange between Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. The lyrics create a narrative of toughness necessary to survive in certain parts of California. The slowed down pace, nuanced keyboard samples and over-the-top, testosterone-fueled lyrics gave audiences something to dance to, a way to learn about the world according to Dr. Dre.
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