Drop It Like It's Hot

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"Drop It Like It's Hot"
Single by Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell
from the album R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
B-side "Get 2 Know U"
Released September 12, 2004
Format 12" single, CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:30
Label Doggystyle, Star Trak, Geffen
Writer(s) Chad Hugo, Calvin Broadus, Pharrell Williams, Tim Stahl, John Guldberg
Producer(s) The Neptunes
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Silver (BPI)
Snoop Dogg singles chronology
"Drop It Like It's Hot"
"Let's Get Blown"
Pharrell singles chronology
"Change Clothes"
"Drop It Like It's Hot"
"Tit 4 Tat"
Music video
"Drop It Like It's Hot" at MTV.com
Audio sample
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"Drop It Like It's Hot" is a single by American rapper Snoop Dogg featuring American singer and producer Pharrell. Snoop Dogg performs the chorus and the second and third verses (of three), while Pharrell performs the first verse. Pharrell's verse includes a line from "Raspy Shit" (a song from his debut album In My Mind), which was produced by The Neptunes and contains vocal samples from Laid Back's "White Horse". Part of "White Horse"'s production is sampled in "Drop It Like It's Hot" as well.

The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from December 11, 2004, making it Snoop Dogg's first number one on the chart. It was also his first Top 10 as a solo artist since 1994's "Gin and Juice". The song also gave him his first number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It also peaked at number one for four consecutive weeks in New Zealand, and number ten in the UK Singles Chart. It gained some critical attention for its very sparse production, which is essentially just tongue clicks, keyboards and a drum machine beat which, compared to much early 2000s rap, was very minimalist. It was nominated at the Grammy Awards of 2005 for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, though it lost both awards to the songs "Jesus Walks" and "Let's Get It Started", respectively. The single was Pharrell's biggest hit worldwide, until 2013's "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (his highest peaking single as lead artist is "Happy").

On December 11, 2009, "Drop It Like It's Hot" was named the most popular "Rap Song" of the decade by Billboard.[1]

Origin of title[edit]

The phrase "drop it like it's hot" was already in common use before the song was released, and had been used in various songs since the 1990s. It is a metaphorical description of a dance move commonly performed by women, and is performed by various women throughout the music video. It was used in Positive K's 1992 album The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills, in the song "Ain't No Crime." It was also used by Lil Wayne as a guest rapper on Juvenile's 1999 hit single "Back That Azz Up" from his album 400 Degreez. Lil' Wayne also has a song called "Drop It Like It's Hot" from his 1999 debut album Tha Block is Hot, which was released a year later. Jay-Z said "drop it like it's hot" in the song "Cashmere Thoughts" off his 1996 album, Reasonable Doubt. Drake's song "Practice" has been used by Young Money's parent label, Cash Money's former rap artist Juvenile featuring spin-off labelmate Lil Wayne of the same name which was released from Take Care in 2011.

Outside of hip-hop, it was also the title of a song on indie rock band Minus the Bear's 2002 EP Bands Like It When You Yell "Yar!" at Them.

The line was also spoken in the 2000 film Big Momma's House.

Music video[edit]

The music video of the single was shot in black-and-white. It was directed by Paul Hunter.[2] It shows Snoop Dogg doing the dance step known as the Crip Walk in the very beginning and end. The video included both of Snoop Dogg's sons, Corde and Cordell. Other appearances in the video include Terry Kennedy, Lauren London and Pharrell Williams' fellow Neptunes member Chad Hugo.

The video won the award for the best hip hop video at the 2006 MTV Australia Video Music Awards and a MOBO Award for Best Video in 2005.

Radio edits[edit]

There are two radio edits for the song: one is a standard radio edit that removes profanities and drug references while the other is an "Extra Clean" edit that removes phrases with gun and gang references (and the word "roll" from the chorus) as well.

Commercial performance[edit]

Since its release the song has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.[3]



  • The official remix features new verses from Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, and a verse from Jay-Z dissing R. Kelly for suing him, which appeared on the bonus CD of the Boss'n Up DVD. MTV
  • DJ and Drum and Bass producer Roni Size performed a remix with Dynamite MC on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on the 10th of January, 2005.
  • Glitch-hop producer Edit also created an unofficial, unreleased remix, which can be found on various mixtapes. [2]
  • Lil Wayne released a remix of the song, titled "Nah This Ain't the Remix", on his mixtape The Dedication. He takes shots at Snoop Dogg for using his line, with lines like "don't touch my shit nigga" and "I rock a red flag..". However, he claimed that he wasn't mad, saying in the song, "When I first heard this I got a little upset but then I thought to myself, what haven't I done yet?" and later, "Nah, I ain't hatin', don't get me wrong, I made it a hot line, you made it a hot song. Peace." It can be taken as a reference to Jay-Z's song dissing Nas "Takeover" in which Jay-Z says: "I sampled your voice, you was usin' it wrong, you made it a hot line, I made it a hot song."





Soundtrack appearances[edit]

See also[edit]


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