Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang

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"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
Single by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg
from the album The Chronic
Released November 12, 1992
June 18, 1994 (reissue)
Format 12" vinyl, CD single
Recorded June 1992
Genre West coast hip hop, g-funk, gangsta rap
Length 3:58
Label Death Row 53816
Writer(s) Andre Young, Calvin Broadus
Producer(s) Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre chronology
"Deep Cover"
(1992)
"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
(1992)
"Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')"
(1993)
Snoop Doggy Dogg chronology
"Deep Cover"
(1992)
"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
(1992)
"Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')"
(1993)
Audio sample
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"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" is a song by American gangsta rapper Dr. Dre from his debut solo album, The Chronic (1992). It features rapper Snoop Dogg and is the first single from the album. "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] outperforming The Chronic's other singles, "Fuck wit Dre Day (and Everybody's Celebratin')", which peaked at #8, and "Let Me Ride", which peaked at #34. The single also reached #1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and was a hit in the UK, where it reached #31. The song was selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.[2] XXL magazine named it the top hip-hop song of the decade. The song samples "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You" by Leon Haywood. It was later reissued in June 1994 in certain European countries.

Background[edit]

The vocals are shared by Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg, who has sole songwriting credit; they drop in trademark references to Long Beach and Compton, California. The song contains samples from Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You", "B-Side Wins Again" by Public Enemy and "Uphill (Peace of Mind)" by Kid Dynamite. On the inside cover of The Chronic, under "Credits", Haywood's name is incorrectly given as "L. Hayward". "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It's Dre's only song on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, ranked number 419, not counting two other songs that feature Dre as producer and on vocals, N.W.A.'s "Fuck tha Police" and 2Pac's "California Love". Q magazine listed it as the 24th greatest hip-hop song of all time.[3] In September 2010 Pitchfork Media included it at #3 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[4]

Snoop Dogg's first single from Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told was a sequel to the song titled "Still a G Thang". Dre and Snoop retooled "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" into the titular theme of their 2001 comedy film The Wash.

The song has also been adopted as a soccer chant at LA Galaxy games by supporters group LA Riot Squad and performed by several hundred fans simultaneously.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Dr. Dre, [5] depicts Dre coming into Long Beach, California to pick up Snoop and go to a block party. They arrive at the party and perform the first verses outside while a barbecue cookout and a game of volleyball goes on. A female player's bikini top is pulled down, exposing her breasts. For the next verses they go inside the house. A small sequence of events shows a snobbish female party-goer humiliated by being sprayed with shaken-up malt liquor. The video ends with Dre dropping Snoop off back at his house, with Snoop staggering up the driveway. The MTV edit censors nudity, drug paraphernalia, Warren G with a blunt, copyrighted logos, a White Sox ball cap, and screen text.

In popular culture[edit]

Kris Kross heavily sampled "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" on their 1993 single "I'm Real". The song "Get It Up" by Silkk the Shocker uses the chorus in a reworked form. Ja Rule's track "Livin' It Up" contains a sample of the song.[6] It was nominated for a Grammy Award.[7] The song was parodied by The Fringemunks to recap Fringe episode 2.04 "Momentum Deferred".[8] The song was also featured in the hit 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on a fictional radio station, Radio Los Santos

In January 2011 the humor website Funny or Die posted a parody called "Nuthin' But A Glee Thang" about the TV series Glee, co-written by Glee cast member Heather Morris and co-starring Sofia Vergara, Riki Lindhome and Ashley Lendzion. The video features Glee cast members Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Harry Shum, Jr. & Naya Rivera.[9]

Track Listing[edit]

  1. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Radio Mix) - 3:56
  2. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (LP Version) - 3:58
  3. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Instrumental) - 4:06
  4. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Club Mix) - 4:38
  5. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Vibe Instrumental) - 4:30
  6. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Freestyle Remix) - 4:11
  • 1994 CD single[12]
  1. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Radio Mix) - 3:56
  2. "Let Me Ride" (Radio Mix) - 4:22
  3. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Club Mix) - 4:38
  4. "Let Me Ride" (Extended Club Mix) - 11:01
  • 1992 12" vinyl[13]
  1. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Radio Mix) - 3:56
  2. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (LP Version) - 3:58
  3. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Instrumental) - 4:06
  4. "A Nigga Witta Gun" - 3:56
  5. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Club Mix) - 4:38
  6. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Freestyle Remix) - 4:11
  • 1994 UK 12" vinyl[14]
  1. "Let Me Ride" (Radio Mix) - 4:22
  2. "Let Me Ride" (Extended Club Mix) - 11:01
  3. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Freestyle Remix) - 4:11
  • 1994 US 12" vinyl[15]
  1. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Radio Mix) - 3:56
  2. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Red Eye Mix) - 4:25
  3. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Club Mix) - 4:38
  4. "Let Me Ride" (Radio Mix) - 4:22

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992-1993) Peak
position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 39
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[19] 1
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[20] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Hot 100 : Mar 20, 1993 | Billboard Chart Archive
  2. ^ "Experience the Music: One Hit Wonders and the Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  3. ^ * * * Q Mag: 150 Rock Lists * * *
  4. ^ Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 90s
  5. ^ "Dr. Dre - "Nuthin' but a 'G' thang"". mvdbase.com. 1992-12-01. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  6. ^ Friday After Next (2002) - Soundtracks
  7. ^ GRAMMY.com
  8. ^ Fringemunks Web site
  9. ^ "Nuthin' But A Glee Thang with Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison & Sofia Vergara from Heather Morris, Sofia Vergara, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, Harry Shum Jr, Riki Lindhome, Ashley Lendzion, David Bernad, Isaac Hagy, BoTown Sound, Shauna O'Toole, Funny Or Die, Keith Schofield, Brian Mulchy, and Christin Trogan". Funnyordie.com. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  10. ^ Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A "G" Thang (CD) at Discogs
  11. ^ Images for Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang
  12. ^ Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang (CD) at Discogs
  13. ^ Images for Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A "G" Thang
  14. ^ Dr. Dre - Let Me Ride / Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang (Vinyl) at Discogs
  15. ^ Images for Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Nuthin' but a "G" Thang". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg" UK Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Dr. Dre Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Dr. Dre.
  19. ^ "Dr. Dre Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Dr. Dre.
  20. ^ "Dr. Dre Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Dr. Dre.

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