6. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg, "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
Climbing to Number Two on the single charts in early 1993, "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" made Dr. Dre the undisputed king of West Coast hip-hop, while ushering the genre into the mainstream and seriously challenging New York's cultural dominance. The irresistibly catchy song's secret weapon was a relatively unknown 21-year-old pup named Snoop Doggy Dogg, whose verses are packed with effortless quotables. " ' G' Thang" also introduced Dre's masterful "G-Funk" style of production, which updated George Clinton's Seventies legacy with slow, rubbery grooves and layered synth hooks. "We made records during the crack era, where everything was hyped up, sped up and zoned out," Chuck D explained. "Dre came along with 'G' Thang' and slowed the whole genre down. He took hip-hop from the crack era to the weed era." Take a listen to 21st-century inheritors, from Kendrick Lamar to Future, and it's pretty clear we're living in his weedy world.