Dr. Dre released his Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre album August 7, marking the end of his career as a solo artist, according to Dr. Dre. Given the preponderance of guests on the Compton, California rapper-producer’s albums, XXL has compiled a list of “17 of the Best Guest Verses on Dr. Dre’s Albums.”
The story highlights Snoop Dogg’s performance on “The Chronic (Intro),” the initial cut on Dr. Dre’s 1992 album, The Chronic, even though the selection features Snoop Dogg talking, not rapping.
“Snoop sets the tone for one of the greatest albums in Rap history by introducing his izz-ed-out lingo and laying down the law on Eazy[-E], Jerry Heller and the Ruthless Records family,” XXL’s story says. “It may not technically be a verse, per se, but it’s as clear a thesis statement as The Chronic provides and introduces plenty of themes that will crop up again and again later.”
XXL also includes Nate Dogg’s performance on Dr. Dre’s 2001 album selection “Xxplosive” in its list.
“One of Dre’s simplest, best beats gets blessed by Kurupt with an arrogant, ferocious verse, but Nate Dogg’s voice is just next-level on the bridge here,” the story says. “His ability to step in and out of any octave and sing what essentially amounts to a love song dedicated to weed and women.”
As for Compton, Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Darkside/Gone” is included in XXL’s story.
“Kendrick murks this verse with at least three different flows,” XXL says, “and that’s not even counting the epic line, ‘I’m fuckin’ with shit you can only get on an overseas flight now.’”
To read the full “17 of the Best Guest Verses on Dr. Dre’s Albums” story, visit XXL.
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