1. Dr. Dre f/ Snoop Doggy Dogg "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" (1992)

Director: Dr. Dre

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"Nuthin But a 'G' Thang" was ground zero for reinventing the rap video, but more importantly, inventing the rap video's place on this planet. What did it take? Not flashy gimmicks, or dance numbers, or an oversized budget. It took an element that's drenching pop culture right now, before anyone even realized what was happening: Proto-reality television. A seemingly "real" glimpse of a culture and way of life. Voyeurism and mystique, with two of the most charismatic people on the planet (one of whom could barely look up at the camera) as your tour-guides. From the moment Dre rolls to Snoop's house and we meet his extended family-with some fantastic amateur acting-to the footage at the barbecue, where the chef has a gun in his waistband and where no girls' bikini tops are safe, it's a snapshot of a lifestyle in all of its (seemingly) unrehearsed glory. Snoop and Dre, meanwhile, look nervous on-camera; Snoop seems unable to make eye contact with the lens, hiding behind the brim of his hat. It was a video that embodied all the contradictions of gangster rap itself: at once real and performed, documentation and glorification. But most of all, it set the scene for the sound: When you heard this song, you knew what you were hearing, you saw what Dre wanted you to see in your head: A monumental set-piece of 'G' life that nobody could or would ever replicate, or break ground like quite since.

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