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"
Released October 13, 1999[1]
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Gangsta rap
Length 4:34
Label Aftermath, Interscope
Songwriter(s) Andre Young, Melvin Bradford, Shawn Carter, Scott Storch
Producer(s) Dr. Dre, Mel-Man
Snoop Dogg singles chronology
"Down for My N's"
(1999)
"Still D.R.E."
(1999)
"The Next Episode"
(2000)
Audio sample

"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, 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, 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, Shaquille O'Neal with Dr. Dre, and Warren G riding with several women.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single #1[3]
  1. "Still D.R.E." – 4:34
  2. "The Next Episode" (featuring Snoop Dogg) – 2:42
  3. "Still D.R.E." (Instrumental) – 4:34
  4. "Still D.R.E." (Explicit Music Video)
  • UK CD single #2[4]
  1. "Still D.R.E." (Radio Edit) – 3:54
  2. "The Message" (featuring Mary J. Blige & Rell) – 4:13
  3. "Still D.R.E." (Instrumental) – 4:34
  4. "Still D.R.E." (Clean Music Video)
  1. "Still D.R.E." – 4:34
  2. "Still D.R.E." (Radio Edit) – 3:54
  3. "Still D.R.E." (Instrumental) – 4:34
  4. "Still D.R.E." (Acapella) – 4:34

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] Gold 400,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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