Nuthin' But A G Thang
by Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Dogg)

Album: The Chronic (1992)
Charted: 31 2
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  • This is a gangsta rap classic dealing with the lifestyle of music, money and violence (the "G" stands for "Gangsta"). Rap was rapidly evolving in the '80s and early '90s, and while many older rap songs tend to sound dated, this remains popular and is a favorite at parties and clubs.
  • This song was the first appearance of Snoop Doggy Dogg on a major release where he was a featured vocalist. Snoop would become a superstar in his own right when his solo album (produced by Dre) came out the following year.
  • A rapper named The D.O.C. is referenced in the line: "Like my ni--a D.O.C., no one can do it better." "No One Can Do It Better" was the name of The D.O.C.'s album - an album that just happened to have been produced by Dr. Dre. >>
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    Andy - Arlington, VA, for all above
  • This was a crucial single for Dre. Its success proved he could stand apart from his former hip-hop group, the groundbreaking and often controversial N.W.A.
  • Dre directed the music video for this song, which follows the rapper and his pal Snoop Dogg during their hijinks at a block party in Long Beach, California.
  • Kriss Kross - the guys who made us "jump, jump" - sampled this on their 1993 single "I'm Real." Rapper Ja Rule also sampled it on his 2001 single "Livin' It Up."
  • This was used in the 2003 action movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu. It was also featured in the 2006 romantic comedy Failure to Launch, starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker.
  • Snoop references Death Row Records in the lyrics ("Death Row is the label that pays me"), Dre's new label founded by his friend and former bodyguard, Suge Knight. Knight allegedly secured Dre's release from Eazy-E's Ruthless Records by holding co-founder Jerry Heller hostage in the back of a van and, to really drive the point home, threatening Eazy's mother. Dre would eventually start his own label, Aftermath Records, in 1996, which would sign the likes of Eminem, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar.
  • This song channels the '70s with a funky sample of Leon Haywood's 1975 hit, "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You."
  • This topped both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and the Hot Rap Songs chart.
  • Snoop Dogg references the 1975 movie Dolemite in the line:

    Pimpin' hoes and clockin' a grip like my name was Dolemite

    Dolemite is a character created by Rudy Ray Moore, who played him in the film. In 2019, Snoop appeared in a Netflix movie about Moore called Dolemite Is My Name, playing a disc jockey who won't play Moore's records.
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Comments: 6

  • Fujiko from Lexington, KyGangsta Rap has been around since the mid-80s. Just listen to Schoolly D, Ice-T, and, of course, NWA. What Dre did on The Chronic is invent G-Funk--a form of gangsta rap that mixes in those fat Funk beats, pop hooks, and the hard reality of street life.
  • Bertrand from Paris, FranceThis single and the album it came from, Dr. Dre's [b) Chronic [b], took hip hop down an entirely new road that would eventually be called Gangsta Rap. "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" features Dre's protege Snoop Doggy Dogg who would soon become a star on his own. Fat, Parliament-style funky beats, laidback rap vocals, words reflecting the violence of life on the street, and pop hooks combined for a tremendously successful new sound.
  • Rodney from Charleston, WvI used to think it said "Like this and like that Anna", then I came to like the song for what it is. (by the way, I'm 50 yrs old)
  • Barry from Greenville, NcThis song samples Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You," which peaked at #15 on the pop charts in late 1975.
  • John from Cape Coral, FlThis son is awesome. Cant wait for detox itll put 2days rap 2 shame. They REALLY need 2 put some NWA songfacts on here they were as controversial and thought provoking as anything else.
  • Matthew from East Brunswick, NjGreat rap song. Hate to say it, but this is one of rarities of the trash that's out there now.
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