Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang

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"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
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Single by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg
from the album The Chronic
Released November 19, 1992 (CD Only)
January 12, 1993 (Cassette)
June 18, 1994 (reissue)
Format 12" vinyl, CD single, Cassette
Recorded June 1992
Genre West Coast hip hop,[1] G-funk,[2] gangsta rap
Length 3:58
Songwriter(s) Andre Young, Tracy Curry, Calvin Broadus, Leon Haywood
Producer(s) Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"Deep Cover"
"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
"Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')"
"Deep Cover"
"Nuthin' but a "G" Thang"
"Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')"
Snoop Doggy Dogg singles chronology
"Deep Cover"
(1992) Deep Cover1992
"Nuthin' But a "G" Thang"
(1992) Nuthin' But a "G" Thang1992
"Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')"
(1993) Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')1993
Audio sample

"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" is a duet by American rapper Dr. Dre and rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg from Dre's debut solo album, The Chronic (1992). It is the first single from the album. "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, behind "Informer" by Snow,[3] outperforming The Chronic's other singles, "Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')", which peaked at #8, and "Let Me Ride", which peaked at #34. The single also reached #1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and was a hit in the UK, where it reached #31.

The song was selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.[4] XXL magazine named it the top hip-hop song of the decade. The song samples "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You" by Leon Haywood. It was later reissued in June 1994 in certain European countries.


The vocals are shared by Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg; they drop in trademark references to Long Beach and Compton, California. The song contains samples from Leon Haywood's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You", "B-Side Wins Again" by Public Enemy and "Uphill (Peace of Mind)" by Kid Dynamite. On the inside cover of The Chronic, under "Credits", Haywood's name is incorrectly given as "L. Hayward". Snoop Dogg's first single from Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told was a sequel to the song titled "Still a G Thang". Dre and Snoop retooled "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" into the titular theme of their 2001 comedy film The Wash.

Music video

The music video, directed by Dr. Dre,[5] depicts Dre coming into Long Beach, California to pick up Snoop and go to a block party. They arrive at the party and perform the first verses outside while a barbecue cookout and a game of volleyball goes on. A female player's (Mercedes Ashley)[6] bikini top is pulled down by "T-Dubb", an original member of the Long Beach rap group Foesum, exposing her breasts. For the next verses they go inside the house. A small sequence of events shows a snobbish female party-goer humiliated by being sprayed with shaken-up malt liquor. The video ends with Dre dropping Snoop off back at his house, with Snoop staggering up the driveway. The MTV edit censors nudity, drug paraphernalia, Warren G with a blunt, copyrighted logos, a White Sox ball cap, and screen text.

In popular culture

Kris Kross heavily sampled "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" on their 1993 single "I'm Real". The song "Get It Up" by Silkk the Shocker uses the chorus in a reworked form. Ja Rule's track "Livin' It Up" contains a sample of the song.[7] It was nominated for a Grammy Award.[8] Mariah Carey's song "You Had Your Chance" samples this song as well. The song was parodied by The Fringemunks to recap Fringe episode 2.04 "Momentum Deferred".[9] The song was featured in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on a fictional radio station, Radio Los Santos.

In January 2011 the humor website Funny or Die posted a parody called "Nuthin' But A Glee Thang" about the TV series Glee, co-written by Glee cast member Heather Morris and co-starring Sofia Vergara, Riki Lindhome and Ashley Lendzion. The video features Glee cast members Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Harry Shum, Jr. and Naya Rivera.[10] In 2006 Rapper Young Dro Sampled the Music Video for Shoulder Lean. Also Taylor Gang member Chevy Woods Sampled for his music video 30 Deep.

In the 2015 biopic Straight Outta Compton, the song is shown being improvised by Snoop Dogg (Lakeith Stanfield) and Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins).[11]

Meg Griffin and Ruth Cochamer perform a parody of the song about genetically modified food in the Family Guy episode "The Finer Strings".

The song was used near the end of the Fresh Off The Boat episode, "Boy II Man".


"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It is Dre's only song on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, ranked number 419, not counting two other songs that feature Dre as producer and on vocals, N.W.A's "Fuck tha Police" and 2Pac's "California Love". Q magazine listed it as the 24th greatest hip-hop song of all time.[12] In September 2010 Pitchfork Media included it at #3 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[13]

Track listing

  1. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Radio Mix) - 3:56
  2. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (LP Version) - 3:58
  3. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Instrumental) - 4:06
  4. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Club Mix) - 4:38
  5. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Vibe Instrumental) - 4:30
  6. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Freestyle Remix) - 4:11
  7. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Acapella) - 3:48
  • 1994 CD single[16]
  1. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Radio Mix) - 3:56
  2. "Let Me Ride" (Radio Mix) - 4:22
  3. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Club Mix) - 4:38
  4. "Let Me Ride" (Extended Club Mix) - 11:01
  • 1992 12" vinyl[17]
  1. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Radio Mix) - 3:56
  2. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (LP Version) - 3:58
  3. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Instrumental) - 4:06
  4. "A Nigga Witta Gun" - 3:56
  5. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Club Mix) - 4:38
  6. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Freestyle Remix) - 4:11
  7. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Acapella) - 3:48
  • 1994 UK 12" vinyl[18]
  1. "Let Me Ride" (Radio Mix) - 4:22
  2. "Let Me Ride" (Extended Club Mix) - 11:01
  3. "Nuthin' But A "G" Thang" (Freestyle Remix) - 4:11
  • 1994 US 12" vinyl[19]
  1. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Radio Mix) - 3:56
  2. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Red Eye Mix) - 4:25
  3. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" (Club Mix) - 4:38
  4. "Let Me Ride" (Radio Mix) - 4:22

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (1992-1993) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[20] 63
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21] 39
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[24] 1
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[25] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1993) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[26][better source needed] 11


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[27] Platinum 1,300,000[28]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also


  1. ^ Draper, Dominick 'King Dom' (June 1, 2017). "Hip-hop tracks to jumpstart your summer playlist". AllHipHop. Retrieved October 25, 2017 – via The News Journal. 
  2. ^ Anderson, Errol (January 11, 2013). "Classic Albums: Dr Dre - The Chronic". Clash. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ The Hot 100 : Mar 20, 1993 | Billboard Chart Archive
  4. ^ "Experience the Music: One Hit Wonders and the Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dr. Dre - "Nuthin' but a 'G' thang"". 1992-12-01. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  6. ^ Ashley, Mercedes (2010-12-01). "To answer, yes this is me in the "Nuthing but a G Thang. Dr Dre Video. Yep, yep. I was 22 at the time". @mercedesashley. Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  7. ^ Friday After Next (2002) - Soundtracks
  8. ^
  9. ^ Fringemunks Web site
  10. ^ "Nuthin' But A Glee Thang with Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison & Sofia Vergara from Heather Morris, Sofia Vergara, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, Harry Shum Jr, Riki Lindhome, Ashley Lendzion, David Bernad, Isaac Hagy, BoTown Sound, Shauna O'Toole, Funny Or Die, Keith Schofield, Brian Mulchy, and Christin Trogan". 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ * * * Q Mag: 150 Rock Lists * * *
  13. ^ Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 90s
  14. ^ Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A "G" Thang (CD) at Discogs
  15. ^ Images for Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang
  16. ^ Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang (CD) at Discogs
  17. ^ Images for Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A "G" Thang
  18. ^ Dr. Dre - Let Me Ride / Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang (Vinyl) at Discogs
  19. ^ Images for Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang
  20. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  21. ^ ""G"+Thang&cat=s – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Nuthin' but a "G" Thang". Top 40 Singles.
  22. ^ "Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  23. ^ "Dr. Dre Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "Dr. Dre Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  25. ^ "Dr. Dre Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.
  26. ^ . Retrieved 2013-12-13.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  27. ^ "American single certifications – Dr. Dre – Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  28. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 

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