The Most Unforgettable Songs of Dr. Dre

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The man is a perfectionist, maybe even obsessive. He maintains a drive other people wish they could possess even for but a few brief successes. And be grateful, it all pays off in his productions. Taking his musical start with World Class Wreckin’ Cru and rising to fame with gangsta-rap sensation N.W.A., Dre has far surpassed the life of a rapper and crossover actor, becoming the wealthiest rap mogul in history. A producer, executive, and designer of his own brand of headphones, Beats by Dr. Dre;he is the epitome of entrepreneurialism. Still, he is one of the most badass rappers to date, and these, his five best tracks, show why.

5 “Forgot About Dre”

It’s been said already that greatness recognizes greatness. The lyrics on this track are a prime example. Dre found Eminem and Eminem sings his praises all over this “Forgot About Dre.” This song marks Dre’s reintroduction into the rap game. Remarking on his significance in the hip-hop community, “Forgot About Dre” is aggressive, menacing, and sinister, and directly addresses the audience, the critics, and any and everyone in opposition to Aftermath. Appearing on the album 2001, this track earned the Dr. a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

4 “Dre Day”

You know that’s not the real name right? Check it out. You know Snoop is back? That should pretty much be a given. Do you know there are three George Clinton samples on this track? And you do realize Dre is the dopest right? Seriously, I guess this whole album, and everything else these two were involved with, constitutes a majority of the soundtrack for the ‘90s. I remember kids using these tracks to practice rapping, but I don’t think they realized the verbal assault directly aimed at one time partner Ice Cube. Lyrics were serious back then, literally waging war, and this track was a lyrical onslaught.

3 “Nuthin’ But a G Thang”

This was the first single released off his debut album The Chronic and is certified Platinum. Featuring Snoop Dogg, this track epitomizes the hip-hop sub genre known as g-funk, tranquil and soporific, with a groove that’ll make your grandmother feel stoned. I know you remember that little baby in the video partying. Or when dude tears chicks top off on the volleyball court. These were some of the most iconic images of the ‘90s, and this was one of the most important hits. With samples from Leon Haywood, Public Enemy, and Kid Dynamite, the beat is an outstanding specimen of Dre’s productions.

2 “Keep Their Heads Ringin’”

Come on party people; please tell me you remember this one. East Coast, West Coast, white, black, Latino, Asian; it really doesn’t matter. If you were alive and conscious in ’95 this would’ve been part of your summer’s soundtrack. That was the year everyone was quoting Friday… “What’s up Big Perm” “Man, pops trippin”… Or you’d be diving down the highway and your friend’s in the backseat telling you “put on that ring ding dong track”. This track is certified Gold, and for good reason. This is the archetype of cool: hypnotic, mellow and the perfect tempo for an afternoon barbeque.

1 “Let Me Ride”

So smooth, so chill, so West Coast; “Let Me Ride” won Dre a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. Featuring samples from George Clinton, James Brown, and Bill Withers, it’s the third single thatthe Dr. released and the production certainly would’ve done his predecessors proud. Despite Dre not writing his own lyrics, his delivery is commanding and imposing, and although Snoop appears for a quick quote, this one is all Dre. An anthem of the ‘90s, this oneseems to resurface every summer, even if only for one short cruise along the beach.

It’s undeniable. Dr. Dre is one of the most significant figures in rap history. The man is responsible for promoting some of the biggest names, like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and 50 cent. His beats are superb, transcending that which any one else is capable of, and they are distinct. You know a Dre beat when you hear one, there’s no uncertainty. And it makes sense that he should design a headphone to outclass any other. So what do you think? Are there any tracks you would’ve included instead, or any important factors you think I overlooked?

With an insatiable appetite for all things music, from Gregorian chant to dubstep, and a penchant for funk and psychedelic rock, Nik Silva is everything an avid music appreciator should be: open minded, eclectic and obsessive to the point of nerdyness.

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