Snoop Dogg, "Gin and Juice" (1993)
"With so much drama in the LBC, it's kinda hard being Snoop D-O-Double-G," begins the rapper formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg on this tale of a house party in the hood. Indeed, despite his Crip background and occasional penchant for lyrically busting shots, Snoop always seemed more comfortable with a spliff full of bubonic chronic, a pocket full of rubbers and a gang of Tanqueray. On his career-establishing solo hit, Snoop and producer Dr. Dre interpolate Slave's "Watching You," turning it into an ode to smoking indo and living the good life no matter how rough or impoverished your background may be. "There's just all kinds of little ghetto stuff that's easy for a young black man to get into," he told Rolling Stone in 1993.