Dr. Dre’s The Pharmacy on Apple Music’s Beats 1 is growing into another radio show that rap fans need to check out. This weekend’s guest was Snoop Dogg. The Long Beach legend joined Dr. Dre and the squad for an in-depth interview.
The mix featured Snoop classics, a new Vince Staples’ freestyle, and many other cuts. But the highlight of the episode was Dre and Snoop reminiscing on their classic collaborations. During their interview, the pair explained how songs like “Deep Cover” and “Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang” came together, as well as the early days of Death Row and the recording process of The Chronic.
On "Deep Cover": "I had a house in Calabasas, and I had a studio in the house. I didn’t have one piece of furniture [Laughs],” he said before noting that this was during the time when Eazy-E and Jerry Heller weren’t paying his royalties. “The only thing I had in the house was a bed, a TV and a studio. No couches. Nothing. I had a BBQ pit in the backyard. So, we used to have parties all the time. It’s just a lot of women. A lot of people over there partying and what have you.”
“During this time, we were making records. And this is how the song came together. This is how the song ‘Deep Cover’ was created. We’d be partying for a while. We’d go into the studio. I had a makeshift studio in my bedroom and Snoop came in and the song it just happened. And we did the song before we knew it would be a part of this movie, Deep Cover."
“It was crazy because I remember he just gave me the first line,” Snoop added, explaining that Dre wanted his verse to start with that and he followed suit with now iconic rhymes like “1-8-7 on an undercover cop.”
For "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang”, Snoop explained that he had The D.O.C. help sharpened his verse. Dre also explained how he dug through some old crates from his DJ days to find a vinyl of Leon Haywood featuring "I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You." Dre sampled the song and it would become the foundation for "G Thang," a staple of West Coast G-Funk.
Listen to the full episode, below.