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Saturday, October 1, 2011

"Deep Cover"

Dr. Dre introducing Snoop Doggy Dogg - Deep Cover (1992)

'Cuz it's 187 on a undercover cop...

The first solo effort by Dr. Dre and he had already found Snoop. Snoop was an unknown twenty year old when this song was recorded; and Dre. was the 26 year old producer and rapper who had recently become the third member of N.W.A. to leave for a solo carer. The song features a heavy repetitive bass line, and drums sampled from the much loved Sing a Simple Song by Sly & The Family Stone. There are a lot of synthesizer effects sounds on the track as well; high pitched, minor chord driven organ like sounds. Underneath it all, there are a few saxophone riffs trying to be heard. This is G-funk. Dre is one of the pioneers of the sound, and this song is a template.

Lyrically the song is about finding an undercover cop hiding in your criminal organization. It was written as the title single for the Laurence Fishburne movie Deep Cover. Vocally this song is the introduction of the biggest sound in 90's rap. Gangta rap had a lot of players, many of whom were affiliated with N.W.A. but this team of Dre and Snoop had the biggest, most recognizable singles in the genre. Dre had the angry rough raspy voice, and Snoop was the syrupy sweet, laid back counterpoint. Still performing today both together and separately, this track was the first time the world heard them together.

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