Dr. Dre Explains How Snoop Dogg Originally Recorded ‘Nothin But A G Thang’ From A Jail Cell

03.27.15 3 years ago 20 Comments

Dr. Dre is too busy making billions of dollars to do interviews. That’s why this sixteen-minute sit down the Good Doc gave Big Boy’s new morning show is a must-watch.

The main conversation leans on the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which Dre goes into good detail on by giving status updates and highlights from behind the scenes. But the real exclamation point is between talks about the movie, when Big Boy briefly asks the Compton icon about recording his classic single with Snoop Dogg, “Ain’t Nothin’ But A G Thang.” Despite being two decades old at this point, Dre still manages to drop a few unknown gems about the West Coast classic:

“The original version to “Nothin But A G Thang” was made to a Boz Scaggs song. I can’t remember the name of the song. Snoop was actually in jail and I really wanted this demo done. So, he called in and I taped the receiver of the phone to the mic. You can hear jail sounds in the back and everything. And he’s ‘1, 2’ and that whole thing. So, that was the original version.

I just happened to be at mom’s house and found this record, Leon Hayward’s “I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You” and thought that would be a better foundation track. So, took that back, recorded the track and Snoop got out, and we recorded the song at my house. It was a bedroom that I converted to a studio. That’s where the first half of The Chronic was made.”

There you have it. One of the most classic rap songs of all time was almost made from a Boz Scaggs song and had jail sounds in the background.

The only person who’s disappointed about this news is Boz Scaggs.

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