Every Dr. Dre Song Ranked
It's been 16 years since Dr. Dre last released an album, so when the Good Doctor drops Compton on Friday it will be an event.
The album, and the upcoming August 14 release of the N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton," has us feeling very nostalgic. Over the past week, we've been digging through Dre's discography trying to figure out our favorite tunes. And then we came up with an idea -- how about we rank every solo Dr. Dre song.
Now, this list doesn't include Dre's group discography with N.W.A., or his production discography. Instead we decided to focus on all of his officially released solo songs that he rapped on. Since Dre didn't rhyme on "Lyrical Gangbang" or "Xxplosive", those did not make the list.
A lot of folks forget about this 1998 link-up between Dre and LL. It wasn't nothing to write home about, but it was OK for what it was.
So we never got Detox, but we got this 2010 single that was supposed to lead the lost LP.
Short, but sweet. Dre and Hittman talk some intergalactic sh-t on this one.
"I Need a Doctor"
A more mature Eminem and Dre link up for this 2011 track. The video was like a movie.
Dre and Kurupt really are underrated collaborators.
"Let's Get High"
The groove on this one is just perfect.
"On the Blvd"
The soundtrack to "The Wash" was better than the actual movie thanks to tracks like these.
"A N---a Witta Gun"
"Who's the man?" D-R-E of course.
Please put the guns down, but let's forever let this track bang.
When he links with Snoop, Dre just doesn't miss.
Keep your ego in check, that is unless you're the man who brought us N.W.A., Snoop Dogg and Eminem.
"Put It On Me"
Two of the west coast's greatest producers link on this. Dre and DJ Quik are just too good.
This Chronic track stands the test the time over two decades later.
Haters get fair warning on this 1999 album cut.
You knew this was classic from the song's opening skit.
This track opened 2001 in the perfect way.
Dre opens up like never before on this duet with Mary J. Blige. On it, he sends a R.I.P. shout-out to his brother Tyree, who was murdered.
Dr. Dre and Knoc-turn'al linked for this 2002 banger. The beat is one of the Doctor's best and later became the basis for Jay Z's Nas dis song "Super Ugly."
"Bitches Ain't Sh-t"
There are few songs as misogynistic as this one, but despite the message it's just well-executed.
"Natural Born Killaz"
Everyone complained about never getting that Detox album, but if "Natural Born Killaz" is any indication, Dre and Cube's proposed Heltah Skeltah album would've been crazy.
"The Day the N---az Took Over"
The Death Row crew perfectly capture the feelings around the 1992 L.A. riots.
"Been There, Done That"
After Dre left Death Row, he put Aftermath on the rap map and proved he couldn't be stopped.
"What's the Difference"
Hearing Eminem and Dr. Dre profess their love for each other never gets old.
"Keep Their Heads Ringin'"
This gem from the "Friday" soundtrack was a #1 Billboard rap single back in 1995.
"Lil' Ghetto Boy"
Dre wasn't all gangsta, on "Lil' Ghetto Boy" he linked with Snoop and talked about the downside of gangbanging. We learned some real lessons here.
This wasn't a single, but Dre's 2001 is a longtime fan-favorite thanks to Devin the Dude's infectious (and raunchy) hook.
"F--k Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')"
Dre's Eazy-E dis track remains one of the hardest hip-hop songs to date. Oh yeah, Tim Dog and Uncle Luke felt Dre and Snoop's wrath too.
"Forgot About Dre"
"Let Me Ride"
The good doctor's sampling of Parliament's 1975 "Mothership Connection (Star Child)" is one of the best flips ever in hip-hop.
There's something magical about Dre and Snoop's first collaboration.
"The Next Episode"
This one has all the right ingredients: a banging beat, dope rhymes and Nate Dogg vocals. It's no wonder this still goes up in the club today.
"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
Not only is it Dre's best song ever, it's one of the illest hip-hop songs of all time.