Still D.R.E.

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"Still D.R.E."
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Single by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg
from the album 2001
B-side
  • "The Next Episode"
  • "The Message"
ReleasedOctober 13, 1999[1]
FormatCD single
Recorded1999
Genre
Length4:34
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Snoop Dogg singles chronology
"Down for My N's"
(1999)
"Still D.R.E."
(1999)
"The Next Episode"
(2000)
Audio sample
Music video
"Still D.R.E. ft. Snoop Dogg" on YouTube

"Still D.R.E." is a song by American rapper Dr. Dre, featuring fellow American rapper Snoop Dogg. It was released on October 13, 1999[1] as the lead single from Dre's multi-platinum second studio album, 2001 (1999).

The single itself was popular, helping the album reach multi-platinum status, announcing Dre's return to the forefront of the hip-hop scene. Still D.R.E. debuted and peaked at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was more successful in the United Kingdom, on the R&B charts where it reached number 1. The song is featured in the crime, drama, and thriller Training Day (2001), in the in-game radio station, West Coast Classics, in the video game Grand Theft Auto V (along with The Next Episode), and was also featured on the American drama series Prison Break.

Background[edit]

Dr. Dre released his highly acclaimed debut solo album The Chronic in 1992. After this, Dre went seven years without releasing an album. During this time he featured on the Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers California Love and No Diggity, whilst also producing Snoop Dogg and Eminem's debut studio albums Doggystyle and The Slim Shady LP, respectively. The stakes were higher for the sequel to The Chronic, so Dre recruited Jay-Z to ghostwrite lyrics for the former's comeback single, Still D.R.E.. "At first, he wrote about diamonds and Bentleys," Dre told Blaze magazine in 1999. "So I told Jay to write some other shit. Jigga sat for 20 minutes and came back with some hard-ass, around-the-way L.A. shit."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Hype Williams, consists mainly of The D.O.C., Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre driving and riding in lowrider cars (a reference to the Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang music video from The Chronic album). It features several cameos: Eminem chasing a group of women across a beach, Xzibit driving a lowrider, Funkmaster Flex with Dr. Dre, and Warren G riding with several women, In the background the individual throwing up the W with the crowd next to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre right next to the lowrider car was Coldhard from the Chicago based rap group Crucial Conflict.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single #1[3]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Still D.R.E."4:34
2."The Next Episode" (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
2:42
3."Still D.R.E."
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Storch
  • Carter
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
  • Scott Storch
4:34
4."Still D.R.E." (music video) (explicit)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Storch
  • Carter
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
  • Scott Storch
 
Total length:11:10
UK CD single #2[4]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Still D.R.E." (radio edit)3:54
2."The Message" (featuring Mary J. Blige and Rell)4:13
3."Still D.R.E." (instrumental)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Storch
  • Carter
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
  • Scott Storch
4:34
4."Still D.R.E." (music video) (clean)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Storch
  • Carter
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
  • Scott Storch
 
Total length:12:01
12" vinyl[5]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Still D.R.E."4:34
2."Still D.R.E." (radio edit)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Storch
  • Carter
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
  • Scott Storch
3:54
3."Still D.R.E." (instrumental)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Storch
  • Carter
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
  • Scott Storch
4:34
4."Still D.R.E." (acapella)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Storch
  • Carter
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
  • Scott Storch
4:34
Total length:16:56

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[6] 29
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 14
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[8] 10
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[9] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 93
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 32
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[13] 11
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[14] 29

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[15] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Still D.R.E." 13 March 2000 – via Amazon.
  2. ^ Reeves, Mosi (June 29, 2017). "Dr. Dre, "Still D.R.E." (1999): 25 Greatest Songs Produced by Dr. Dre and Jimmy lovine". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Still D.R.E." 13 March 2000 – via Amazon.
  4. ^ "Still D.R.E." 13 March 2000 – via Amazon.
  5. ^ "Dr. Dre Featuring Snoop Dogg - Still D.R.E." Discogs.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg – Still D.R.E." (in French). Les classement single.
  7. ^ "Search for Irish peaks".
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  10. ^ "Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Dr. Dre Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Dr. Dre Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Dr. Dre Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Dr. Dre Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg; 'Still D.R.E.')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  16. ^ "British single certifications – Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg – Still D.R.E." British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Still D.R.E. in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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