Released : 1993
Not that any of them would admit it, but one of the most attractive qualities of rap to it’s growing white middle class audience was an indirect association with a world of guns, drugs and money; like voyeurs, it was possible through it to love the danger without ever being at risk.
For Dr. Dre however the shit was very much real. Having left both NWA and the Ruthless Records label in the most acrimonious circumstances possible, despite a well earned reputation as a studio genius with a Midas touch he found himself ostracised, before fatefully striking a deal with Suge Knight to join the fledgling set up at Death Row.
Dre met Snoop Dogg at a party through his stepbrother, Little Warren (AKA Warren G), becoming one of the collective including RBX, Lady of Rage and Kurupt who would together vie for space on Dre’s multi-million selling The Chronic. As process, the master set about putting them to work, it being not uncommon for him to demand a hundred takes of a song before deeming it acceptable.
Of all the young bucks Snoop was the hungriest. Given the melody from Leon Haywood’s “I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You”, the man who’d freestyled like a pro to spike Dre’s first single Deep Cover held court from behind a cloud of weed smoke, simultaneously defusing bombs and leaning back. Whilst Nuthin’ But A G Thang staked out a mellowing for an enterprise going suburban, Dre became disenchanted with the increasing gangsterisation at Death Row and after seeing a tape operator mercilessly beaten over nothing, he left in 1995. Meanwhile somewhere in America it was time for soccer practice, and then the mall.