|Song by Dr. Dre featuring Hittman, Kurupt, Nate Dogg and Six-Two from the album 2001|
|Released||November 16, 1999 (U.S.)|
|Genre||West Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap, G-funk|
|Writer(s)||Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Kurupt|
|Producer(s)||Dr. Dre & Mel-Man|
|2001 track listing|
"Xxplosive" is a song by Dr. Dre from his album 2001. The song is number 6 in the track listing of the album. "Xxplosive" features Kurupt, Hittman, and Six-Two on the verses and Nate Dogg singing the chorus. The track is heavily based upon the song "Bumpy's Lament" by Soul Mann & The Brothers.The original title of the song was "The Way I Be Pimpin," which featured Royce da 5'9" on the chorus and Dre rapping the verses.
Dr. Dre did not rap on "Xxplosive," instead the song features Kurupt, Nate Dogg, Hittman and Six-Two. In the first verse, Hittman raps about how pimping has made him a changed man due to "all the girls" saying "now his shit's the bomb" after claiming that "girls used to turn him back." Kurupt, Nate Dogg, and Six-Two's verses deal with how good they are at pimping, how many girls they can get, and how much money they make through pimping. "The Way I Be Pimpin" (the original version of the song prior to "Xxplosive") basically has the same concept as "Xxplosive" with different lyrics.
The track is heavily based upon the song "Bumpy's Lament" by Soul Mann & The Brothers, which was originally written and recorded by Isaac Hayes for his groundbreaking Shaft (album) soundtrack to the 1971 movie of the same name. The song has been heavily sampled by Erykah Badu for a remix of her song Bag Lady.
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||51|