Still D.R.E.

Album: 2001 (1999)
Charted: 6 23
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Songfacts®:

  • This song was Dr. Dre's message that he had returned to prominence in the rap/hip-hop world. The song's beat has often been credited to being Dre's best produced beat and is definitely one of the most memorable. This song reestablished himself as a top-notch rapper as well as a world-class producer. >>
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    Kieran - Fairfax, VA
  • Snoop Dogg raps on this track with Dre. Several rappers appeared on the 2001 album, including Dre's protégé Eminem.
  • Scott Storch produced this track with Dre and Mel-Man. It was a big break for Storch, who became a huge hitmaker soon after, producing tracks for Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé and 50 Cent.
  • The Hype Williams-directed video follows Dre and Snoop Dogg as they cruise around in lowrider cars. Cameo appearances include The D.O.C., Eminem, Pharrell Williams, and Shaquille O'Neal.
  • Jay-Z wrote the entire track under his real name, Shawn Carter. Hova was flown into Dre's LA studio and penned all the rhymes in just 30 minutes.
  • Jay-Z told LeBron James and Maverick Carter on their HBO show The Shop: Interrupted that he wrote the rhymes for this song as if he were Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. "You gotta have like somewhat of a reverence for them, the music they were making." he said. "The Chronic and all of that. In order for me to really nail the essence of Dre and Snoop, it had to be like a studied reverence of what they were doing."
  • The British alternative rock band Alt-J used to play "Still D.R.E." at their live shows in a mashup with the Kylie Minogue song "Slow." Dubbed "Slow Dre," in 2012 they played it in the studio on Triple J radio.

    The first time the band played live - at their student house in Leeds - they opened their show with an instrumental cover of "Still D.R.E." because one of the few people watching asked for it. They put it away, but then revived it in 2012 when their keyboard player, Gus Unger-Hamilton, decided it would go well with "Slow." They made it a regular part of their setlists that year. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • Dr. Dre closed out the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show with this song, joined by the other performers on the bill: Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.
  • "Still D.R.E." peaked at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000. In the week after the rapper's Super Bowl performance, it re-entered the chart at #23.

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