Dr. Dre / Snoop Dogg

Nuthin' But a "G" Thang

Composed by Snoop Dogg

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Dr. Dre had introduced his protégé, Snoop Doggy Dogg, to the world on the 1992 soundtrack single "Deep Cover," but it was "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," the first single from Dre's smash album The Chronic, that really put him in the public eye. Although more chilled-out than the deeply funky follow-up, "Dre Day" (borrowing a sample from Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You"), "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" was perhaps the archetypal G-funk single. It blended Parliament/Funkadelic beats with a stop-start bass line, gently wah-wahed guitar, nasal-sounding synthesizers playing high-pitched melodies, samples of a sighing woman, and lyrics that celebrated life on the streets and the amoral toughness it took to survive there. While most MCs would have approached that subject matter with shows of force, Snoop took exactly the opposite tack: his flow was laconic and relaxed, massively confident and capable of rapid-fire tongue-twisters, but coolly laid-back and almost effortless at the same time. Coupled with his inventive rhymes, Snoop's distinctive style made him a superstar before he'd even released a recording of his own. Dre's rhymes weren't quite as intricate, but his booming baritone provided a nice counterpoint, supplying oft-quoted catch phrases like "put the smack down." The sound, style, and performances of "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" were like nothing else on the early-'90s hip-hop scene, and its impact was tremendous, with mainstream hip-hop trying to imitate it and the rest of The Chronic for at least four years afterwards. An edited version of "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" was released as a single and climbed all the way to number two on the pop charts in the spring of 1993 on its way to platinum-level sales, giving Dre his biggest hit ever and sending The Chronic on its way to sales of over eight million copies.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Chronic 1992 Death Row 3:58
MTV Party to Go: Platinum Mix 1998
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 3:46
Millennium Hip-Hop Party 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:55
MTV the First 1000 Years: Hip Hop 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:56
Nuthin' but a Gangsta Party 2000
Various Artists
Priority Records 3:48
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:55
Death Row's Greatest Hits 2001 Death Row 4:01
Back to the Old Skool: Hip Hop 2002
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:57
Chronicle: Best of the Works 2002 Import 3:58
Tha Dogg: Best of the Works 2003 MSI Music Distribution / SPV 3:58
Hip Hop Love 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 3:53
Very Best of Sk8er Rock 2004
Various Artists
BMG International 4:00
Doggy Stuff 2005 K-Town 3:55
No Image 2005 Universal Distribution 3:50
Pimp My Player: 20 Hot Trax In A Lean Back Mix 2005
Various Artists
Red Boy Records 3:28
Chronicles: Death Row Classics 2006 Death Row 3:58
15 Years on Death Row 2006
Various Artists
Death Row 4:28
The Sound of Snoop Doggy Dogg 2006 K-Town 3:57
Straight Outta Compton [Music from the Motion Picture] 2016
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Universal 3:59
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