What's My Name? (Snoop Doggy Dogg song)
|"Who Am I? (What's My Name?)"|
|Single by Snoop Doggy Dogg|
|from the album Doggystyle|
|Released||October 30, 1993|
|Format||12" single, cassette, EP|
|Genre||West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, G-funk|
|Label||Death Row Records, Interscope Records, Atlantic Records|
|Writer(s)||Andre Young, George Clinton, Gary Shider, Calvin Broadus, David Spradley|
|Snoop Doggy Dogg chronology|
"Who Am I? (What's My Name?)", is the solo debut single from rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut album Doggystyle. The song reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified Platinum by RIAA in 1994, after a second digitally enhanced release, and stands to this day to be Snoop's greatest selling single of all time.
The song, produced by Dr. Dre, features an interpolation from Funkadelic's "(Not Just) Knee Deep" in its bassline, samples and interpolations from George Clinton's "Atomic Dog" in its chorus and throughout, and an interpolation from Parliament's "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" in its bridge. The song's intro contains a sample from The Counts' "Pack of Lies."
The massively acclaimed single features many of the conventional topics found in the gangsta rap genre, as Snoop Doggy Dogg, with the laconic, laid-back drawl he became famous for, raps about his involvement with gang crime, killing, drugs, parties, sex and black-on-black shootings. However, the song adopts a more 'funky' tune, (as seen across much of Snoop and Dr. Dre's earlier work). The single quickly became a hugely successful hit, and is recognised as one of Snoop Dogg's "greatest pieces".
Additional vocals were contributed by Jewell, Tony Green, and Dr. Dre. The follow-up version of it titled "Snoop Dogg" was released on his album, Tha Last Meal. The cover artwork is by Joe Cool. The song features the line "Shit that I drop 'cuz ya know it don't stop / Mr. One Eight Seven on a motherfuckin' cop", a reference to the "Deep Cover" by Dr. Dre and Snoop.
The song briefly features Dr. Dre; although he is uncredited, he is clearly rapping towards the end of the first verse.
Since then, other rappers have used the song's lines in their own songs, most notably Jay-Z, who would borrow the lines "Went solo on that ass / but it's still the same" and "What's my motherfuckin' name?" from for his own hit "Jigga My Nigga", and Ja Rule, who used the latter line as the intro to "I'm Real (Murder Remix)", one of his many collaborations with Jennifer Lopez.
Fab 5 Freddy directed a CGI-driven music video for the song. Snoop and others are able to morph into dogs (such as Doberman Pinschers and rottweilers, and the females Cocker spaniels) to evade angry fathers and run amok. One scene shows the animals wearing sunglasses, smoking cigars and gambling on dice games (a parody of the series of paintings titled Dogs Playing Poker). Other associates of Snoop make cameo appearances such as Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, and Warren G.
- Who Am I? (What's My Name?) (Clean Radio Mix)
- Who Am I? (What's My Name?) (Clean Club Mix)
- Who Am I? (What's My Name?) (Explicit Club Mix)
- Who Am I? (What's My Name?) (LP Version)
- Who Am I? (What's My Name?) (Instrumental)