"Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')", released in its censored form of "Dre Day" as a single, is a hip-hopsingle by American rapper Dr. Dre, with a guest appearance from fellow rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. The track is taken from Dre's debut solo album, The Chronic, released via Death Row Records. The song was released as a single on May 20, 1993.
Though not quite matching the popularity of Dre's earlier hit, "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang", the single still did well commercially managing to reach number eight on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1993 and number six, counting the 12 weeks spent, on the rap and hip-hop chart of that year's overall ranking. The song features a slowed-down interpolation of Funkadelic's "(Not Just) Knee Deep" as its bassline and features Jewell on vocals and RBX on chorus. An accompanying music video was directed by Dr. Dre.
The song was a diss track towards rappers Eazy-E, Dre's former accomplice from the group N.W.A; Tim Dog, an East Coast rapper who slighted the whole West Coast rap scene; and Luther (Luke) Campbell from 2 Live Crew, whose track "Fakin' Like Gangstas" from his debut solo album I Got Shit On My Mind, featuring JT Money from the group Poison Clan, was taken personally for making references to some of the popular rappers in the "gangsta" category. Snoop Dogg later made peace between him and Luke in the song "Hoez" from Smokefest Underground. There were also some lyrics alluding to former N.W.A rapper Ice Cube, who departed acrimoniously from the group in 1989 and ridiculed Dre on the track "No Vaseline", off his 1991 Death Certificate album. The lyrics: "Then we gon creep to South Central, On a Street Knowledge mission, as I steps in the temple, Spot him, got him, as I pulls out my strap, Got my chrome to the side of his White Sox hat, You tryin to check my homey, you better check yo self, Cause when you diss Dre you diss yourself" had references to Cube's production operation Street Knowledge Productions (now Lench Mob Records), the lyrics "steps in the temple" referring to Ice Cube's affiliation with the Nation of Islam and his hit single "Check Yo Self" from third album The Predator. However, by the album's release, Ice Cube was on friendlier terms with Dr. Dre, even having a cameo appearance in "Let Me Ride", which ironically was the next single after "Dre Day", so the animosity toward him was downplayed; unlike Eazy-E and Luke, he wasn't parodied in the music video.
The premise of the video concerns a parody character of Eazy-E called "Sleazy-E", complete with a Jheri Curl hairstyle and wearing dark sunglasses, played by A.J. Johnson, getting a new contract from a man depicted as a fat, money-grubbing record producer of "Useless Records" (based on Eazy-E's manager Jerry Heller and his record label Ruthless Records), played by a real life executive producer from Interscope Records, Steve Berman (who was later featured on three Eminem skits and one D12 skit). The story features Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg walking around and gaining a following from others around them. There is an interlude in the middle of the video, where Sleazy-E introduces his two new grotesque protégés, played by Bushwick Bill and Warren G, to his new manager. Sleazy appears in a number of situations, including being shot, becoming homeless, being chased by armed men, and finally, on the Pasadena Freeway with a sign: "Will Rap for Food". The same character appeared in the video for Eazy E's response, "Real Muthaphuckkin G's". The video also parodies Luke Campbell as a gap-toothed rapper. In April 2005 the video was 12th on MTV2 and XXL magazine's survey of the "25 Greatest West Coast Videos".
In addition to "Dre Day" the b-side to the single "Puffin' on Blunts and Drankin' Tanqueray" (featuring The Lady of Rage and Tha Dogg Pound) contains disses from Dr. Dre and Kurupt towards Eazy-E and his artists Above the Law and Kokane (along with disses to Tim Dog and Luke). Eazy-E retaliated with a hate EP It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa which contained the song's "Exxtra Special Thankz", "Real Muthaphuckkin G's" (featuring B.G. Knocc Out and Dresta), "It's On" and "Still a Nigga", in which he makes fun of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, calling them "studio gangstas", and Death Row Records., while Kokane (with Cold 187um from Above The Law) responds to the disses with "Don't Bite the Funk" from his second album Funk Upon a Rhyme. The video for Eazy-E's "Real Muthaphuckkin G's" video contains a parody of a pre-N.W.A Dr. Dre wearing mascara and lipstick along with photos of him in his World Class Wreckin' Cru days. In addition to containing scenes of the Eazy-E look-alike (Sleazy-E) played by Compton-native comedian Anthony Johnson, that appeared in the "Dre Day" music video, being assaulted and shot by Eazy-E and a mob of people until he falls dead after passing a traffic sign reading "Leaving Compton." In response to song and video, Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound respond with "What Would You Do?" from the Murder Was The Case soundtrack, with a music video of their own parodying Eazy-E's proteges B.G. Knocc Out and Dresta being chased and beaten by members of Tha Dogg Pound.
Tim Dog responded with "Dog Baby" and "Bitch with a Perm" — two tracks directed at both Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg — with the video for "Dog Baby" containing a parody of a perm-wearing Snoop Dogg dancing around.
Luther Campbell along with JT Money and then-upcoming artist Clayvoisie responded with the song "Cowards in Compton", from Luke's second solo LP, In The Nude, and its accompanying video that parodied Dre's original premise as a member of the mid-1980s electro group World Class Wreckin' Cru. In addition to "Cowards in Compton", "In The Nude" also included a skit called "Dre's Momma Needs a Haircut" dissing Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg responded on "Tha Shiznit" off his debut LP Doggystyle. In addition Compton and Los Angeles rappers Tweedy Bird Loc responded with "Fucc Miami" off his second album No Holds Barred. King Tee responded with "Advertisement" off his fourth album IV Life and Rodney O & Joe Cooley responded on "Sounds of the Underground".