100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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61. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg, "Deep Cover"

The world's introduction to Snoop Doggy Dogg – before the gin, juice, pimps or ho's. For his recorded debut, on Dr. Dre's first post-N.W.A solo effort, the lean scrapper took this song (which had been originally slated for The Chronic) and made it the template for his style. (It's definitely more memorable than Deep Cover, the movie it came attached to.) Over a dissonant piano clank and Dre's bass-drum kaboom, Snoop played the steely black youth at war with the LAPD, delivering the chorus – "'Cause it's 1-8-7 on an undercover cop" – with a singsong smirk. Asked about using police code for murdering an officer as a hook, Snoop said, "If [the press] would have went in-depth on that song, there would have been some shit out of that."

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