1. Dr Dre feat Snoop Dogg – Deep Cover
Although his debut single wasn’t released until October 1993, Snoop Doggy Dogg’s first recorded effort featured on the soundtrack for the 1992 crime thriller Deep Cover. Dr Dre, working on his first single since NWA’s split, used the opportunity to introduce Snoop to the hip-hop mainstream. Dre’s vocal delivery is characteristically aggressive, although Snoop’s flow is particularly harsh; it was not until Dre’s debut album The Chronic (released eight months later) that we were introduced to the lithe, melodic ocals that have become such a recognisable Snoop trademark.
2. Dr Dre feat Snoop Dogg – Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang
Snoop’s stamp can be heard all across The Chronic – he co-wrote much of the album. The Chronic paved the way for a whole new era of hip-hop, deeply rooted in 1970s funk: a sub-genre that would later become known as G-funk, which would crop up throughout Snoop’s titanic discography. The album’s lead single Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang is a pioneering example of it, featuring intertwining vocals from both Dre and Snoop in which two of California’s cities are brought together to begin an enduring musical alliance. The result is a stone cold classic.
By the time Snoop’s Doggystyle arrived in November 1993, the rapper had already begun to accrue his own following off the back of his work with Dr Dre. The time for Snoop Doggy Dogg to shine as a solo artist had arrived. Who Am I? was a self-indulgent single that became one of his signature tracks, Snoop promoting himself as the young gangster rap pioneer – at this point the idea that he would become one of music’s most adored figures would have been laughable. Not only does the heavy sampling of George Clinton’s Atomic Dog lend Snoop his strongest hook, it also provides the basis for one of the most infectious hip-hop choruses of all time.
4. Gin & Juice
Doggystyle’s lead single was Who Am I? (What’s My Name), but Gin & Juice was the real jewel in the crown. On top of one of hip-hop’s most recognisable hooks – a loose interpolation of Slave’s Watching You – Snoop’s lyrics tackled a number of social issues, among them street gangs, something of which Snoop Dogg has always been closely linked, having controversially associated himself with one of California’s biggest gangs, the Crips. Suddenly, gang culture was part of the pop culture mainstream.
In September 1993, Snoop Dogg and his then bodyguard McKinley Lee were arrested after the MTV video music awards and charged with murder, in connection with the death of a gang member named Philip Woldemariam. Snoop was placed under house arrest until the trial took place two years later, and the occasionally violent nature of his lyrics didn’t seem to help matters: they were, in fact, used against him by the prosecution. Nevertheless, he was acquitted. In 1995 Snoop participated in a documentary about the case, titled Murder Was the Case, named after a song from his debut album. Nonetheless, the lyrical theme of the track is closer linked to a fictional deal with the devil, often linked to Snoop’s deal with Suge Knight’s Death Row Records (from which he severed ties after the trial). Exploring a theatrical death, this dramatic track is lyrically one of Doggystyle’s finest moments, and the vocal delivery is sensational. It begins with a drive-by shooting that leaves the rapper for dead, before he makes a deal with the devil – and ends up facing time in prison for murder.
6. 2Pac feat Snoop Dogg – 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted
Some hip-hop artists have made remarkable second albums, although most have catastrophically failed to match the standards set by their debuts. Unfortunately, the latter was the case with Tha Doggfather, as well as its successor, Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, with both LPs sounding both underworked and overproduced. The two records do have their moments, but it was Snoop Dogg’s collaborative work in this period that was most impressive. He teamed up with Tupac – just months before his death – for 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted, a track inspired by Tupac’s recent release from prison as well as Snoop’s murder charge. The video featured a controversial Scarface-inspired scene that taunted The Notorious BIG (“Piggy”) and Puff Daddy, stoking the feud between east and west-coast hip-hop. The track itself was a flawless, seamless flow of rapped verses from the pair, and was famously revived during Snoop and Dre’s Coachella headline set in 2012, starring a Tupac hologram that performed the track alongside the two live artists.
7. Dr Dre feat Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode
This sequel Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang, The Next Episode appeared on Dr Dre’s second solo album, 2001. The origina version featured just Snoop and Dre and was intended to feature on Doggystyle, however the recording never saw an official release. Instead, the instrumental was used for Warren G’s Runnin Wit’ No Breaks, and the later single version saw the original pair team up with Kurupt and an uncredited Nate Dogg. Containing a swaggering sample from David McCallum’s The Edge, which plays throughout, The Next Episode is a standout cut, an incredible follow-up to the duo’s greatest moment on record.
2004 saw the release of R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, Snoop’s first great album since Doggystyle. Its lead single Drop It Like It’s Hot gave Snoop his first US No 1 single, with simple production provided by the Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) – it’s little more than a “tongue–click” beat topped with bass and keyboard. The first versecame from Pharrell, introducing Snoop’s insouciant flow. Lil Wayne may have originally coined the phrase “drop it like it’s hot” on Juvenile’s Back That Azz Up, yet he never managed to match the popularity Snoop achieved.
R&G had been heavily rooted in radio-friendly pop singles, and Snoop Dogg’s credibility had begun to wane. Had he sold out? He was no longer a gangster – he was a movie actor and a brand ambassador nowadays. With the follow-up to R&G, however, instead of stepping further into the mainstream Snoop took the opportunity to make a grand return with all guns blazing. The title – Tha Blue Carpet Treatment – alluded to his affiliation with the Crips, once again, and the result was perhaps the artist’s most fierce LP release since Doggystyle. Produced by the Neptunes, again, Vato attempts to tackle the issue of racial tension between African-Americans and Hispanics in Los Angeles. Throughout, Snoop’s aggressive narrative works alongside another relatively simple instrumental backdrop, including a break in which the rapper’s lyrical flow resembles a barking dog. It reaffirmed Snoop’s position as the king of west-coast hip-hop.
10. Peaches N Cream
Snoop’s 13th album, Bush, was released earlier this year and was a welcome return to form. It followed a peculiar diversion into reggae under the name Snoop Lion, following a spiritual trip to Jamaica. Three years on, he dropped the Lion, as well as the short-lived Snoopzilla (a funk-based tribute to Bootsy Collins) and returned to his roots. He teamed up, once again, with Pharrell Williams to produce a collection of pop-rap awash with funk influences – lead single Peaches N Cream sampled Parliament, once again, as well as Teena Marie. It was a trip back to the late 1970s, everything we’ve come to expect from Snoop Dogg.
What is Snoop Dogg's most famous saying? ›
If the ride is more fly, then you must buy.Has Snoop Dogg ever had a number 1 hit? ›
Snoop has had a dozen top 10 hits in his career, three of which went to No. 1. The first came in 1993 with his smash debut single “What's My Name,” while his first No. 1 came in 2004 with the Pharrell-assisted “Drop It Like It's Hot.”How many top 10 hits does Snoop have? ›
He has garnered 14 top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 (including eight as a featured artist).What is Snoop Dogg's #1 song? ›
“Drop It Like It's Hot” has become synonymous with Snoop Dogg, and for good reason.What are 5 famous quotes? ›
- The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - ...
- The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. - ...
- Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. ...
- If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. -
Fo shizzle my nizzle is a slang way to say “for sure, my friend.” It was popularized as a catchphrase of the rapper Snoop Dogg and is meant as a playful way to express affirmation.Who has the most #1 hits in history? ›
Mariah Carey (USA) has topped the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on 19 different occasions.Who has the most consecutive #1 hits? ›
With the release of her single "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" in early '88, Whitney Houston set the record as the only artist ever to reach the milestone of seven consecutive No. 1 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100.Who has the most #1 Billboard hits? ›
Though unclear for how long, the Beatles still reign supreme as the artist with the most No. 1 songs of all time.Does Snoop Dogg have a diamond album? ›
Snoop Dogg – Diamond Collection.
What is the biggest Billboard hit of all time? ›
- "The Twist" 1960, 1961 ( re ) ...
- "Smooth" 1999. ...
- "Mack the Knife" 1959. ...
- "Uptown Funk" 2015. ...
- "How Do I Live" 1997. LeAnn Rimes. ...
- "Party Rock Anthem" 2011. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock. ...
- "I Gotta Feeling" 2009. The Black Eyed Peas. ...
- "Macarena (Bayside Boys mix)" 1996. Los Del Rio.
1 Hits. Drake has tallied 11 No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 in his career, the most among rappers.What did Snoop Dogg say to Eminem? ›
“[Dr. Dre] has probably put Eminem in the position to where he could be like labeled as one of Top 10 rappers ever,” Snoop originally said during an interview with The Breakfast Club.What was the first rap to hit the Billboard *? ›
1, A List of Hip-Hop Hot 100 Firsts. On Nov. 3, 1990, rap cemented its finally unignorable mainstream influence with its first-ever No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100: Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby." Here are 15 more of the most…What was the first rap song to hit the charts? ›
The Sugar Hill Gang's 12-inch single "Rapper's Delight" - released in 1979 - became the first rap song to be played on the radio. The 15-minute song was edited down to six and a half minutes and reached Number 36 on the pop charts, making it the first hip-hop single to become a Top 40 chart hit.Who is most powerful quote? ›
- “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ...
- “Everybody is a genius. ...
- “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ...
- “He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.”
- “I'll be there.”
- “I love you.”
- “Maybe you're right.”
- “I trust you.”
- “Go for it.”
- “Got your back.”
- “How are you?”
- “I want you.”
(slang, hip-hop) For sure; of course; right on quotations ▼What does 4 shizzle mean? ›
fo' shizzle (phrase): This slang term originated in the language of rap and hip-hop and means “for sure.”What does you are the shizzle mean? ›
fo' shizzle (phr., 2001): in the language of rap and hip-hop this means “for sure.” Shizzle, as a euphemism for sh-t, dates back to the '90s. One can also be “the shizzle,” which is the best or most popular thing.
What song was #1 the longest? ›
"Old Town Road" holds the record for the longest stretch at No. 1 with 19 weeks. It also became the fastest song in history to be certified diamond.Who sold most albums ever? ›
Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 183 million units certified sales. Second is Garth Brooks with over 157 million units sales, followed by Elvis Presley with 139 million units.What is the biggest selling record of all time? ›
Michael Jackson's Thriller, estimated to have sold 70 million copies worldwide, is the best-selling album ever. Jackson also currently has the highest number of albums on the list with five, Celine Dion has four, while the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Madonna and Whitney Houston each have three.Which singer have never had a number one hit? ›
Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who, James Brown.What is the shortest number one song? ›
The Shortest Hot 100 Hits
While it just misses the second list above, Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs' “Stay” is the shortest No. 1: just 1:38 in length. The classic led the Nov. 21, 1960, Hot 100.
Elvis Presley, recognised as the best-selling solo music artist of all time by Guinness World Records, sold over 400.Who has the most Top 10 hits ever? ›
- Jay-Z — 21. Matt Rourke/AP.
- Whitney Houston — 23. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images.
- Paul McCartney — 23. Paul McCartney Ian Gavan/Getty Images.
- The Rolling Stones — 23. Getty.
- Elvis Presley — 25. ...
- Drake — 25. ...
- Mariah Carey — 27. ...
- Janet Jackson — 27.
No artist has sold more albums than The Beatles, and no group or solo performer has posted more No. 1 hits than the Fab Four, either. Going just by the music the band made from 1963-70, The Beatles can claim 20 Billboard No.Who has more hits than R Kelly? ›
As of 2018, R. Kelly has had 38 top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while Stevie Wonder has had 37. R. Kelly also has more number one hits than Stevie Wonder, with 11 to Stevie's 10.Who is the only rapper to go diamond? ›
The LP was Em's second to earn that particular distinction, with his 2002 effort, The Eminem Show, being the first. This accomplishment made Em the first and only rapper to have two albums get certified diamond. The Marshall Mathers LP featured many of what could be called Em's most defining tracks.
Does Jay Z have a diamond record? ›
So far, only seven hip hop records have reached the Diamond status that signifies 10 million certified album units sold in the US. Such artists as Jay Z, Kanye West, Drake, and Dr. Dre, while having many other accolades imaginable, are yet to reach this milestone in their careers.Does 50 Cent have a diamond album? ›
It sold over 800K copies in its first week and has since been certified Diamond by the RIAA.What is the #1 hip hop song of all time? ›
Taylor Swift, “Anti-Hero”What is the most covered song? ›
According to Guinness World Records, “Yesterday” has the most cover versions of any song ever written. The song remains popular today with more than 1,600 recorded cover versions. Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) asserts that it was performed over seven million times in the 20th century alone.Who has more hits Lil Wayne or Snoop Dogg? ›
Here are the rappers who've featured on the most songs: Snoop Dogg – 583. Lil Wayne – 430.Who is the #1 rap artist right now? ›
The top 100 most-streamed artists of 2022 is experiencing a rap takeover. Sitting at number one is Drake, who is now this year's top-streamed artist so far with at 6.7 billion in streams.Why did Eminem and Snoop Dogg fight? ›
The beef reportedly stemmed from Snoop's appearance on 'Bitch Please II', a track on Eminem's 2000 album 'The Marshall Mathers LP' that also featured Dr. Dre and Xzibit. “I think that there was a miscommunication at the time in regards to him being on my album,” Eminem said.Is Eminem still friends with Dre? ›
The pair have remained close friends — Eminem still releases his albums via Aftermath — and with more than 20 years of hindsight, Dre explained how he's still making sense of the Slim Shady phenomenon.Who is the father of rap music? ›
Answer and Explanation: Gilbert Scott-Heron (1949-2011) is considered to be the father of rap. His most famous song was The Revolution Will Not Be Televised from 1970. In addition to being a musician, Scott-Heron was also a novelist and a poet.
Who invented rap? ›
Rap began in 1971, in the Bronx, with Kool Herc, who was from Jamaica. At block parties, Kool Herc would play two turntables by hand and manipulate the sound to create an entirely new sound, while he rapped the lyrics from the song he was playing.Who won the first rap? ›
As Billboard continues to highlight music achievements throughout Black History Month, today we're highlighting Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff winning the first rap GRAMMY in 1989 and why they boycotted the ceremony.Who was the first female rapper? ›
Sharon Green (born 1962), considered the "first female rapper" or emcee, known by the rap moniker MC Sha-Rock. Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, she grew up in the South Bronx, New York City during the earliest years of hip hop culture.Who is the king of rapping? ›
King Of Rap is a highly honorable title that is hard to associate with only one hip-hop artist as there are countless hip-hop artists and enthusiasts today. However, there is one name that is respected and appreciated by almost all different branches of hip-hop; Eminem.Who is considered the mother of hip hop? ›
Sylvia Robinson, 'the mother of hip-hop', has died aged 75. Most famous for assembling the Sugarhill Gang, Robinson was a songwriter, performer, producer and label owner.What did Snoop Dogg say during the Super Bowl? ›
“I'm still thinking I'm in a dream because I can't believe that they will let a real hip-hop artist grace the stage in an NFL Super Bowl,” he said. “We're just going to wait for that moment and put something together that's spectacular, and do what we're known for doing and add on to the legacy.”What did Snoop say during the halftime show? ›
"We're all one. We're all united together," he said. "If you really look at it, that's what the world needs to understand that we need to come together as opposed to division or separation."What does Snoop Dogg call himself? ›
In 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Broadus announced a conversion to Rastafari and a new alias, Snoop Lion.What was the controversy over the halftime show? ›
The Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, which was broadcast live on February 1, 2004, from Houston, Texas, on the CBS television network, is notable for a moment in which Janet Jackson's breast—adorned with a nipple shield—was exposed by Justin Timberlake to the viewing public for approximately half a second.What was the halftime controversy? ›
This year's halftime show is mired in controversy after a call was put out for 400 “field cast” to participate in the halftime show as volunteers alongside 115 paid dancers on a union job. After substantial protest, it was announced that these field cast members would in fact be paid $15/hr, California's minimum wage.
Who boycotted the Super Bowl halftime show? ›
Rihanna was one of the many musical artists who boycotted the 2019 Super Bowl in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who was blackballed for kneeling in protest of police brutality and social injustice during the national anthem at his games in 2016.How much did Dr. Dre get from Super Bowl? ›
That's right: Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem will be paid $0 for their live performance that tens of millions of people will be watching this year.Did Dr. Dre help Snoop dog? ›
Besides working on his own material, Dr. Dre produced Snoop Dogg's debut album Doggystyle, which became the first debut album for an artist to enter the Billboard 200 album charts at number one. In 1994 Dr. Dre produced some songs on the soundtracks to the films Above the Rim and Murder Was the Case.What does Dr. Dre have to do with Eminem? ›
Dr. Dre has produced music for artists such as Eminem, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, T.I., 50 Cent, and Mary J. Blige. He is credited in particular with launching the career of Eminem by signing the young rapper to his label Aftermath Records in 1998.Who owns Death Row Records now? › Why did Snoop Dogg change to Lion? ›
In 1993, the debut single “What's My Name?” catapulted rapper Snoop Dogg to fame. But if you ask him that question now, he'll have a different answer. Snoop Dogg changed his name to “Snoop Lion” after a spiritual awakening in Jamaica this February, which he described to reporters at a press conference on Monday.What is Snoop Dogg's type? ›
17. Doberman Pinscher. The Pinscher is dog world's Snoop Dogg. The uncanny resemblance between this animal and the artist formally known as (presently known as Snoop Lion) is both remarkable and unfortunate.