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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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.