Bitches Ain't Shit
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|"Bitches Ain't Shit"|
|Song by Dr. Dre featuring Jewell, Tha Dogg Pound and Snoop Doggy Dogg|
|from the album The Chronic|
"Bitches Ain't Shit" is an American rap song that closes Dr. Dre's debut solo album, The Chronic, released in 1992. Until 2001, it was a hidden track absent from the track list. By now, the song has received homage by several artists.
The song, produced by Dr. Dre himself in the G-funk subgenre of rap, features guest verses by fellow West Coast hip hop artists, namely, by Daz and by Kurupt of the Tha Dogg Pound, by Snoop Dogg, and by Jewell, the only singer and the only woman who contributes vocals.
Dr. Dre's verse alleges greed and betrayal by a man, formerly his partner in the music business. The Dogg Pound's two verses portray women's value only as sources of sex and money. Snoop Dogg's tale is of love for a woman, who soon betrayed him. Jewell's verse, largely sung, confesses a callous attitude.
"Bitches Ain't Shit", originally omitted from the album's track list, was the final but hidden track on The Chronic, until the album's 2001 reissue publicly listed the track.
Motivated by an early rap feud, Dr. Dre's verse, which opens the song, maligns his former N.W.A bandmate Eazy-E, founder of its label, Ruthless Records, whom Dr. Dre first identifies by legal name, Eric Wright, but later calls "she" and, of course, "the bitch". Dr. Dre glosses their friendship, rap partnership, fallout over money, and Wright's lawsuit against him.
In the next verses, first Daz and then Kurupt boast of hedonism and avarice, largely by exploiting women, allegedly nymphomaniacal and traitorous. Snoop's verse then skims a saga of his being "in love" with a woman, but later taking vengeance upon her for cheating on him during his incarceration. Closing the song, Jewell's verse, both sung and rapped, serves as a woman's confession of overlapping values.
Though numerous artists have sampled or borrowed the hook, sometimes altered to Niggas ain't shit, Ben Folds released in 2005 an abbreviated cover version, reaching number 71 on the US Billboard Hot 100, that became a fixture of his live sets.
- Dr. Dre's contractual obligation to Ruthless Records resulted in Easy-E profiting from The Chronic, which Dr. Dre recorded instead with Deathrow Records [Al Shipley, "Dr. Dre's The Chronic: 10 things you didn’t know", Rolling Stone, 15 Dec 2017].
- Brandon Stosuy, "Ben Folds reveals album details, unretires “Bitches Ain't Shit”, Stereogum, 8 Jul 2008.
- Maddie Crum, "How NOT to perform a cover song", Huff Post, 18 Nov 2015.