The Next Episode

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"The Next Episode"
Dre - Next Episode.jpg
Single by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and Nate Dogg
from the album 2001
B-side "Bad Guys Always Die"
Released July 4, 2000[1]
Recorded 1999
Genre Gangsta rap
Length 2:41
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"Forgot About Dre"
"The Next Episode"
"The Watcher"
Snoop Dogg singles chronology
"Still D.R.E."
"The Next Episode"
"Snoop Dogg (What's My Name Pt. 2)"
Kurupt singles chronology
"Girls All Pause"
"The Next Episode"
"Who Ride Wit Us"
Nate Dogg singles chronology
"Game Don't Wait"
"The Next Episode"
"Nah, Nah.."

"The Next Episode", is a single by American rapper Dr. Dre, released on July 4, 2000[1] as the third single from his second studio album, 2001, which was released in 1999. The track features Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, and Nate Dogg, the last being uncredited. It is a sequel to Dre's famous single from The Chronic, "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang".

The song peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Dre's verse was written by then Aftermath artist, Hittman. The single's title harkens back to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's classic smash hit "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" from Dre's 1992 solo debut The Chronic in which Snoop Dogg instructs listeners at the end of the chorus to, "just chill, 'til the next episode,", the line itself being a reference to the song "It's My Thing," from the EPMD album Strictly Business, which in fact did not refer to this single but its predecessor, a leftover song from 1993 originally recorded for Doggystyle, but not included in its final version.[2] The song has many references to 2Pac's "California Love", which he did with Dr. Dre while at Death Row Records, and To Live & Die in LA.[3] Originally listed on the back cover of Doggystyle as "Tha Next Episode", the original version of the song was by Snoop Dogg featuring Dr. Dre, and had a much different beat and different lyrics. The original was 4:36 long, and referred to Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" numerous times. The background of the original was later used in Warren G's "Runnin' Wit No Breaks" on the Regulate...G Funk Era album.


The song's main sample interpolates David Axelrod's and David McCallum's "The Edge", borrowing from a brief segment at the beginning of the song, repeated in the middle of the song and in the end sequence. The song was sampled by R&B trio City High for their 2001 hit "What Would You Do". It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2001 for Dre and Snoop. The award, however, went to Dre and Eminem for "Forgot About Dre". The edit released for radio and music channels was heavily edited and had many re-recorded lines and muted censors as well as some removing the "smoke weed every day" part which Nate Dogg says at the very end. Barry Bonds used the instrumental section before the first vocals as his plate appearance music for a period of time during the 2000s. The Seattle Mariners' Chone Figgins has used the instrumental as his walk-up music during the 2011 season.[citation needed] Nate Dogg's line "smoke weed everyday" is used in many MLG parodies.


A remix with the same name by Snoop Dogg and Lil' Mo appears on the mixtape DJ Felli Fel Featuring Snoop Dogg - The Heavy Hitters, which was released in 2002. A remix with the music from "Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses is available unofficially. A version dubbed by The Game as a diss towards 50 Cent was released in 2005. A remix entitled "TNE 2006" was released to radio airplay in 2006. It features Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg. Joe Budden rapped over the beat during an appearance on DJ Green Lantern Sirius Satellite Radio show with Charles Hamilton. The prizefighter remix was released in 2002, featuring 2Pac, DMX and Nas. Joe Rickard, drummer for RED, is known to perform this song among other popular rap and hip hop songs live in concert in a medley. A version in Arabic appeared in the 2012 film The Dictator performed by Aiwa, Mr Tibbz, and actor Sacha Baron Cohen as the film's title character Admiral General Aladeen. In November 2014, trap music producer San Holo released a remix of the song, which has since garnered over 110 million views on YouTube.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single #1[4]
  1. "The Next Episode" (LP Version) – 2:42
  2. "Bad Guys Always Die" (featuring Eminem) – 4:38
  3. "The Next Episode" (Instrumental) – 2:43
  4. "The Next Episode" (Music Video)
  • UK CD single #2[1]
  1. "The Next Episode" (LP Version) - 2:42
  2. "Fuck You" - 3:25
  3. "Bang Bang" (Instrumental) - 3:42
  4. "Forgot About Dre" (Instrumental) - 3:54
  5. "Forgot About Dre" (Music Video)
  1. "The Next Episode" (LP Version) – 2:42
  2. "Bad Guys Always Die" (featuring Eminem) – 4:38
  3. "Bang Bang" (featuring Hittman) - 3:42



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[19] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  • Recorded at: Sierra Sonics, Encore Studios
  • Engineer: Richard "Segal" Huredia
  • Assistant engineer: Tom Gordon, Michelle Lynn Forbes, Dave Tenhouten
  • Background Vocals - Kurupt
  • Bass - Preston Crump
  • Guitar - Sean Cruse
  • Keyboards - Camara Kambon
  • Rap [Featuring] - Snoop Dogg, Kurupt
  • Vocals [Featuring] - Nate Dogg
  • Director - Paul Hunter
  • Writers - Ms Roq, Hittman, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, David McCallum
  • Video cameo appearance - Xzibit, Hittman, Warren G


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  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  18. ^ "The Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - Year End Charts 2000". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  19. ^ "Italian single certifications – Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg in the field Filtra. Select 2016 in the field Anno. The certification will load automatically
  20. ^ "British single certifications – Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode". British Phonographic Industry. 200.  Enter The Next Episode in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  21. ^ "American single certifications – Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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