The 50 Best Debut Rap Singles

26. Snoop Doggy Dogg "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)" (1993)

 

Producer: Dr. Dre
Album: Doggystyle
Label: Death Row, Interscope, Atlantic

This might be Snoop's technical "debut single" but he was already a well established star when it dropped. He first popped up with "Deep Cover" and then became the voice of West Coast hip-hop on Dre's The Chronic. Doggystyle may have been one of the most anticipated debuts in rap history, but it was essentially more of the same from Snoop.

Not that anyone was complaining. It was a must that Snoop dropped gangsta shit, but as usual Dre's production was as much a star on this track as Snoop. Dre's idolization of George Clinton is as apparent as ever here as he samples both George Clinton's "Atomic Dog" for the hook and Funkadelic's "(Not Just) Knee Deep" for the song's grinding bassline. The beat has so many more elements (additional vocals from Jewel, Dre, and Tony Green) that are easy to overlook. But the fact remains, it's still pure, unadulterated g-funk. - Insanul Ahmed

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