25 Greatest Songs Produced by Dr. Dre and Jimmy lovine

Their remarkably successful partnership as producers, label owners and business executives has resulted in hits that shaped our culture

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Dr. Dre feat. Hittman, Kurupt, Nate Dogg & Six-Two, "Xxplosive" (1999)

"Xxplosive" is another Dre cult classic that didn't get an official single release, yet became ubiquitous on urban radio anyway. Dre and Mel-Man weren't the first to sample Soul Mann & the Brothers' cover of Isaac Hayes' "Bumpy's Lament" – that honor belongs to Fabian Hamilton, who flipped it for Lil Kim's "Drugs." However, it was "Xxplosive's" sensuously atmospheric reimagining of the Blaxploitation chestnut, setting it over a back-stiffening trap drum rhythm, that Erykah Badu's "Bag Lady" (and too many other tracks to mention here) subsequently copied. Nate Dogg's vocal revisits his earlier star turn on "Ain't No Fun," while Texas newcomer and "freakaholic" Six-Two adds to the lasciviousness. "I got these hoes clapping they hands, stomping they feet/Every now and then they put they mouth on me."

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