Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1993 CLUB WORLD (BEVERLY HILLS, CA) photo by j lash
Dr. Dre discovered Snoop Dogg when Warren G (Snoop’s friend and Dre’s stepbrother) slipped him a tape of Snoop freestyling over an instrumental of En Vogue’s “Hold On.” Impressed and looking for talent after leaving N.W.A and Ruthless Records, Dre took young Snoop under his wing. When Dre and Snoop first presented themselves as a tandem in 1992 on the title track for the Deep Cover soundtrack, it helped usher in a new era in West Coast Hip Hop that was in no way suited for radiowaves and impressionable ears, but found its way into countless homes ranging from the ‘hood to the ‘burbs. Proof of America’s new infatuation with rap music came when Dre released his debut album The Chronic. To some, it represented a change for the worst in Hip Hop and Black culture as a whole. The powerful album, with its explicit language, violent lyrics, sexual overtones and drug references had most people trading in their African medallions and Malcolm X hats for paraphernalia bearing the infamous green leaf Dre is rocking on his cap. Though Dre introduced skilled production to rap music around this time, his music also played a part in the socio-political slant in “gangsta” rap being erased, opening the door for clichéd images and content that is still imitated to this day.
OZONE WEST // 27
Ozone West #67 - May 2008