Jay-Z Wrote “Still D.R.E.” For Dr. Dre
This is another stolen article by us however we got to give props to theurbandaily.cassiuslife.com who first wrote this 2017 story in 2013.
Jay z business acumen is the stuff that legends are made of. From his not so humble beginnings as a co-CEO of Roc-A-fella records, to the almost billion dollar man he’s blossomed into, Jay’s road to wall street has been paved with gold, clothing lines, Vodka sales, sports ownership and more, making his portfolio one of the best around. But anyone who has kept a close enough eye out realized that Jay has been making business moves with his music for years.
Not only had he made a habit of selling millions of albums for himself, he’s also made a point of helping others to sell by writing their rhymes for them. Just ask Dr. Dre. Shawn Carter lent his pen to the good doctor for the west coast anthem “Still D.R.E.” the first single off the “Chronic 2000” album. A fact that even the great Snoop D.O. double G had to acknowledge during an interview with Strong Arm Steady’s GGN.
“When we was trying to write D.R.E., we all took a shot at it, but we all couldn’t come up with nothing as dope as Jay-Z. So we had to take a backseat and say “ok, his sh*t is doper than everybody else’s sh*t, that done wrote something. So, he’s the winner , we gonna do what he say. And at the same time., he wrote it in the same vein as if we wrote it because he understood what he was writing for. He took and embodied the whole situation as far as writing for Dr. Dre. So we couldn’t do nothing but take a backseat and knowledge that and say “You know what? You a bad MF…”
You’ve gotta tip your hat to the Doggfather for giving Jay his just due as the dopest writer in the room. But at the end of the day, the verse was dope, the beat was a banger the song was a classic track and everyone left the room happy. Jay showed and proved that for the right price, he can even make your ish tighter… But that price has probably gone up considerably since then. After all, business is business.
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At the time, Jay-Z was one of the hottest rappers doing it along with Eminem and DMX. He had just come off selling 5 million copies of Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, one of Jay-Z’s best selling albums to date, and was featured on Mariah Carey’s chart-topping hit single “Heartbreaker.”
Hov was also getting ready to drop his fourth studio album, Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter, which would go on to sell 462,000 copies in its first week. Needless to say, he was on fire.
Dre on the other hand, wasn’t so hot. After leaving Death Row Records in 1996 due to creative conflicts and the label’s increasingly hostile environment and forming Aftermath Entertainment, Dre was in need of a hit.
The label’s first release, Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath, didn’t connect with fans despite being certified platinum and having joints like the posse cut “East Coast/West Coast Killas” which featured B-Real, KRS-One, Nas and RBX.
Then The Firm dropped and was a major disappointment to rap fans all over. Even Nas and AZ teaming up with Dre couldn’t save the project.
So when Dr. Dre was looking for some lyrical heat, he called upon Jay-Z to pen his legendary comeback track. As you’d expect when you combine one of the greatest rappers of all time with one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time; the result was one of the greatest hip-hop singles of all time.
With Hov penning the lyrics, Snoop Dogg on the hook and Dre producing the beat, “Still D.R.E.” was a smash hit, selling over 4,000,000 copies and entering the Billboard Hot 100. The track propelled Dre back into the spotlight and cemented his position on top of the rap game.
The reason this old news is new news is the video above music industry dan Steve Stoute on Rap Radar podcast. I find it interesting that Jay Z gonna write for Snoop after Snoop talking shit lead to the east coast west coast beef which ultimately led to the death of Jay z friend if I was a conspiracy theorist I said Jay had good reason to get rid of Big because if BIG was still here Jay Z would not be shining like he does.