Appearing Wednesday morning (July 29) on The Breakfast Club, Snoop Dogg revealed how Jay-Z wrote his lyrics for “Still D.R.E.” in 1999.
Reflecting on the moments from his Verzuz battle with DMX, Charlamagne Tha God asks Snoop which he prefers: Writing for artists such as Dre or having others write for him.
With that came an interesting unknown story in Hip Hop. Well, it happen been told before. But, never had it been confirmed by Snoop Dogg.
“I’ll give you a great story. Me and the DOC, this is one of the greatest writers in Hip Hop, we in there writing this song. Struggling with the beat. We can’t come up with sh-t,” Snoop Dogg explains during the interview. “The fourth day, Dr. Dre flys a ni–a from New York into L.A., we all in the studio. Thirty-minutes later this ni–as sh-t is done.”
This individual was none other than Jay-Z who according to Snoop Dogg wrote the entire “Still D.R.E. lyrics for both himself and Dr. Dre. “It was flawless. Me and DOC was like, ‘Well looks like this ni–a put struck us on this one. So, Ima take the backseat and we gon accept it’. And it was “Still D.R.E”, and it was Jay-Z and he wrote the whole f—ing song,” Snoop revealed for the very first time.
Released on November 2, 1999, “Still D.R.E.” was the lead single off of Dr. Dre’s mutli-platinum studio album “2001”. The single would only debut at 93 on the Billboard 100.
As far as Jay-Z and east coast rapper mastering a west coast beat by Dr. Dre, Snoop says its all about that love for the art. “Jay-Z is a great writer too for himself. So imagine him striking it for someone he truly loves and appreciates. He loved Dr. Dre. That’s what his pen showed you,” Snoop said.
[Verse 1: Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg]
It’s still Dre Day nigga, AK ni–a
Though I’ve grown a lot, can’t keep it home a lot
‘Cause when I frequent the spots that I’m known to rock
You hear the bass from the truck when I’m on the block
Ladies they pay homage, but haters say Dre fell off
How? Nigga, my last album was The Chronic (Ni–a)
They wanna know if he still got it
They say rap’s changed, they wanna know how I feel about it
(If you ain’t up on thangs)
Dr. Dre is the name, I’m ahead of my game
Still puffin’ my leaves, still fuck with the beats
Still not lovin’ police (Huh-uh)
Still rock my khakis with a cuff and a crease (For sho’)
Still got love for the streets, reppin’ 213 (For life)
Still the beats bang, still doin’ my thang
Since I left ain’t too much changed, still (Lyrics via Genius.com)