Dr. Dre / Jewell / RBX / Snoop Dogg

Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')

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The second Top Ten smash in 1993 from Dr. Dre's blockbuster The Chronic, "Dre Day" (listed on the album as "____ Wit Dre Day") laid waste to rivals who dared dis the West Coast scene in general or Dre in particular -- namely, ex-N.W.A. bandmate Eazy-E, N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller, East Coast rapper Tim Dog, and 2 Live Crew leader Luke. Dre's first verse is devoted entirely to his beefs with the N.W.A. contingent, and Snoop Doggy Dogg then dispatches Tim Dog in the second; the third is a sort of grab bag of insults against everyone involved. Snoop borrows his often-used entrance line ("bow-wow-wow-yippy-yo-yippy-yay") from George Clinton's funk smash "Atomic Dog," and -- though obviously not on the radio/MTV edit -- debuted his signature profanity (as silly as that might sound), changing the pronunciation of the word "bitch" to something more like "be-otch." Delivered with Snoop's unconcerned, even callous cool, "be-otch" actually became a sort of national catchphrase, and was still irrevocably associated with hardcore hip-hop attitude nearly a decade later. Attitude was something Snoop had by the boatload, his drawling, laid-back delivery projecting unassailable control -- it sounded lazy even though it wasn't, and that helped establish Snoop's don't-give-a-damn persona. Take the "eat a big fat dick" chant toward the end of the song, in which all three of the rappers are dissed in turn: the way Snoop pauses after "fat" the last two times, even though it's a small variation, produces one of the most memorable lines in the song. It also, however, points up the song's main flaw: "Dre Day"'s vicious, street-tough variation on the dozens is mostly based on bashing homosexuals. It's definitely problematic for anyone who takes homophobia seriously, but there's also a spirited cleverness in the phrasing and rhymes; in other words, the song is offensive, but it's creatively offensive, and even though this doesn't entirely excuse them, they're not out to protect anyone's sensibilities in the first place. (Oddly enough, a lot of the gay-themed insults involved Dre and Snoop receiving oral sex from the male rappers in question; apparently if you aren't in the passive, giving role, you're somehow not gay.) Musically, of course, Dre's production is as impeccable as ever, uniting his signature whiny synth melodies with a halting, descending bass line, a booming snare, and soulful female vocals in the background. Coupled with the stellar performances, all this makes "Dre Day" a classic hip-hop single, regardless of the subject matter.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Chronic 1992 Death Row 4:52
Chronicle: Best of the Works 2002 Death Row 4:53