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The 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Beats of All Time

17. Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg "Deep Cover" (1992)

Producer: Dr. Dre
Album: Deep Cover
Label: Epic

"Deep Cover" is noteworthy for a couple of reasons: It was the world's first exposure to Snoop Doggy Dogg, and it was Dr. Dre's first post-N.W.A. output, offering a preview of the new sound he would unveil on The Chronic. Dre's winning formula, consisting of loud drums (courtesy of the classic Sly and The Family Stone "Sing A Sample Song" break), a sinister synth melody that made you feel like you were walking down a dark alleyway, and a creeping bassline marked the next evolution of the musical foundation he established with N.W.A. Once The Chronic and Doggystyle dropped, that sonic trifecta would become synonymous with West Coast rap

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