EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Dre's Collaborator Says "Nuthin’ But A 'G' Thang" Was Originally Recorded As A Disco-Pop Record
(AllHipHop News) Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” is widely considered one of the greatest Hip Hop records of all time. The song played a role in establishing Dre as a solo artist and introducing fellow rap legend Snoop Dogg.
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The 1992 classic heavily samples Leon Haywood’s “I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You,” but one of Dre’s new musical collaborators tells AllHipHop.com that “‘G’ Thang” was originally rapped over the track from a 1981 Hall & Oates song.
“[Dre] told me they originally did ‘Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang’ to ‘I Can’t Go For That.’ That uptempo, soul pop song. It was going to be this disco type song,” says Anderson .Paak. “They actually did a demo to it, and Snoop recorded that sh*t from jail.”
The R&B vocalist also recalled Dre telling the story of the creation of another early collaboration with his protégé Snoop. According to Paak, “Deep Cover” (aka “187”) was created under tough circumstances.
“I asked him to break down the story of when they were recording [‘Deep Cover’]. He told me, ‘We did that sh*t on a broken bass in a room with Snoop,'” states Paak.
Anderson .Paak worked with Dr. Dre on the recently released Compton album. The Oxnard, California native was credited on six songs and appears on two others. Paak has also dropped his solo effort Venice and a joint project with Blended Babies titled The Anderson .Paak EP. He also performs as one half of NxWorries with producer Knxwledge.
Watch the videos for Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” and Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That” below.