Dr. Dre, "Nuthin' But a G Thang" (1992)
According to Dr. Dre, the origins of this seminal ode to Compton party rocking lay in a stack of records he found at his mother's house. Then he sought out Snoop Doggy Dogg, who was in jail on unknown charges. "I really wanted this demo done, so he called in and I taped the receiver of the phone to the mic," Dre told an L.A. radio station in 2015. After Snoop was released, the two cut a proper version of the song that would help G-funk go pop upon its release, with backing musicians such as bassist Colin Wolfe replaying elements of the key Leon Haywood sample. More than its wormy keyboard melody and Blaxploitation groove, though, it's the vocal interplay between Dre and Snoop Dogg – like a West Coast update of Run-DMC's mic-trading sessions – that makes "G Thang" such a marvel to hear and one of the greatest songs in hip-hop history.