13 West Coast Rappers Talk About Their Favorite Song On Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle" Image via Nipsey Hustle on Facebook

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"My favorite song on the album is 'Doggy Dogg World' with The Dramatics. It was some smooth street shit, he had some classic old school legends on it. He was on some young boss player shit, but it was still gutter. It was like innovative shit because he was an artist that was street but he was rapping on some smooth, jazz, R&B type of shit.

"The day it dropped, you heard it. Snoop was already popping off of Dr. Dre's The Chronic, so Snoop was already the nigga. I never bought the album until I got older. We were so young when it came out, like six or seven, so we weren't really in the buying demographic. But I knew every song because it was everywhere, I didn't have to buy the album to hear every song. You walked outside your house, you're going to hear all these cars drive by playing the record. You go to your homie's house, he's going to have the video on TV. Somebody pick you up, they playing it in their car. Snoop was the hardest nigga in the world.

The music, the melodies, the sound—you can be casually doing something else and the music will grab you. Some songs you really got to focus on to listen to. That's the main difference between what becomes commercial versus what says niche or underground.

"I still listen to it. When I first got my deal, I went in and listened to all of The Chronic, Doggystyle, all of the classic West Coast albums for reference again to refresh my memory. I was trying to figure out why they were so big when they came out. I learned a lot from the second listen.

"What Dre did is he figured out how to make music that you don't have try to listen to to catch. The music, the melodies, the sound—you can be casually doing something else and the music will grab you. Some songs you really got to focus on to listen to. That's the main difference between what becomes commercial versus what says niche or underground. Some of that shit, you got to focus on listening to.

"Dre and them was figuring out how to make big melodies and hooks and songs where you could be shopping and that song will grab your ear. Also, there was a lot of set up records, where artists just had to fall in and be himself in-between. That's what made a lot of those early Death Row Records big, they had damn near had a commercial formula to gangsta rap."

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