Snoop Dogg, "Gin & Juice" (1993)
"With so much drama in the LBC/It's kinda hard being Snoop D-O-double-G," begins this quintessential tale of a good day in the hood. "But I somehow, someway, keep coming up with funky ass shit like every single day." Dre's track made fanciful use of funk sources, from a rhythm bed he cribbed from George McCrae's "I Get Lifted" and buried underneath his own keyboard arrangements, to transforming Slave's "Watching You" into the song's decidedly adult singalong chorus. Overall, it found Snoop Dogg and Dre evolving from the "lyrical gangbangs" of The Chronic to a demimonde of California sunshine, afternoon car cruises, and liquor-fueled backyard parties. When Vibe magazine asked him in 1993 if Snoop considered himself a gangsta, he responded, "Oh, I'd like to say I'm a smooth macadamian."