"Deep Cover" was the first released song to feature Snoop Dogg (known at the time as Snoop Doggy Dogg); it was also his first appearance in a music video.
Gangsta rap was dominated by loud, aggressive rappers, but Snoop had a surprisingly mellow flow and didn't rely on volume to get his point across. His style is what got the attention of Dr. Dre, who signed him to Death Row and introduced him on this track. Snoop's star turn was on The Chronic
, where he was on several tracks, including the hit "Nuthin' But A G Thang
." Snoop's first solo album, Doggystyle
, was one of the most widely anticipated releases of the '90s. Produced by Dr. Dre, it debuted at #1 when it was issued in 1993.