Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg Break Down Classic Records On “The Pharmacy”
Dr. Dre's The Pharmacy radio show on Apple's Beats 1 was a classic this weekend, when Doc invited longtime collaborator Snoop Dogg onto the show for an in-depth interview where they broke down some of their classic records.
During the show, Dre and Snoop recall how songs like "Deep Cover" and "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" came together, as well as the early days of Death Row and the recording process of The Chronic.
Below are a few highlights:
On "Deep Cover": "I had a house in Calabasas, and I had a studio in the house. I didn't have one piece of furniture (kaughs),' Dre said before noting that this was during the time when Eazy-E and Jerry Heller weren’t paying his royalties. "The only thing I had in the house was a bed, a TV and a studio. No couches. Nothing. I had a BBQ pit in the backyard. So, we used to have parties all the time. It's just a lot of women. A lot of people over there partying and what have you."
"During this time, we were making records. And this is how the song came together. This is how the song 'Deep Cover' was created. We'd be partying for a while. We’d go into the studio. I had a makeshift studio in my bedroom and Snoop came in and the song it just happened. And we did the song before we knew it would be a part of this movie, Deep Cover."
"It was crazy because I remember he just gave me the first line," Snoop added, explaining that Dre wanted his verse to start with that and he followed suit with now iconic rhymes like '1-8-7 on an undercover cop.' "
On "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang": Snoop recalled The D.O.C. helping with his his verse, while Dre said dug through old crates of records and found a vinyl of Leon Haywood's 'I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You,' which would serve as the foundation for the hit song.