Producer: Dr. Dre
Album: Deep Cover Soundtrack
Fittingly, the launch of Dr. Dre's solo career is best remembered for his contributions as a producer and A&R, not as a rapper. With N.W.A in his rear view, Dr. Dre went solo on that ass in the early '90s. Before his journey took flight, his half-brother Warren G hipped him to the sounds of his boy Snoop Doggy Dogg. Dre brought Snoop along for the ride and introduced the world to Calvin Broadus.
On "Deep Cover," Snoop hadn't honed in on his persona just yet, but his unique voice and delivery made him electrifying on the mic. Meanwhile, Dre supplied Snoop with a haunting backdrop, one better suited as the soundtrack to walking down a dark alley than a movie. Dre and Snoop proved a formidable duo and "Deep Cover" laid the groundwork for their seminal classics The Chronic and Doggystyle. - Insanul Ahmed