Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang - 1993

Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang"

Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" is a seminal track in the history of hip-hop, released in 1993 as a lead single from Dr. Dre's debut solo album, "The Chronic." This song marked a significant moment in the evolution of West Coast hip-hop and is known for its smooth, laid-back production and the introduction of Snoop Dogg, who featured prominently on the track. In this module, you'll explore the song's background, its impact on hip-hop culture, and the unique musical style it represented.

Background and Release

The song was released in 1993 under Death Row Records, a label co-founded by Dr. Dre. It was a critical and commercial success, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming one of the defining tracks of 90s hip-hop. The music video, set in the streets of Los Angeles, further cemented the song's status as a West Coast anthem.

Musical Style and Lyrics

"Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" is renowned for its G-funk style, characterized by slow, heavy beats, melodic synthesizers, and deep bass. The lyrics, delivered by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, focus on life in South Central Los Angeles, covering themes of street life, partying, and the realities of the urban experience.

Cultural Impact

This track played a pivotal role in bringing West Coast hip-hop and the G-funk genre to mainstream audiences. It also helped establish the careers of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg as icons in the music industry.

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Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" released? (1993) (!1989) (!1995) (!2000)

Which record label released "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang"? (Death Row Records) (!Bad Boy Records) (!Aftermath Entertainment) (!Interscope Records)

Who featured alongside Dr. Dre on "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang"? (Snoop Dogg) (!Tupac Shakur) (!Eminem) (!Ice Cube)

What genre is "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" primarily associated with? (G-funk) (!East Coast hip-hop) (!Trap) (!Gangsta rap)

Where was the music video for "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" predominantly set? (In the streets of Los Angeles) (!In New York City) (!In Atlanta) (!In Miami)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Dr. Dre's real name? (Andre Romelle Young) (!Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.) (!O'Shea Jackson) (!Marshall Bruce Mathers III)

Before his solo career, which group was Dr. Dre a member of? (N.W.A) (!Wu-Tang Clan) (!A Tribe Called Quest) (!Public Enemy)

Which album did "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" appear on? (The Chronic) (!Doggystyle) (!Straight Outta Compton) (!The Slim Shady LP)

In what area of Los Angeles did Dr. Dre grow up? (Compton) (!Beverly Hills) (!Long Beach) (!Inglewood)

Which other famous rapper did Dr. Dre mentor and bring to fame? (Eminem) (!Jay-Z) (!Kendrick Lamar) (!50 Cent)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

Complete the lyric: "One, two, three and to the four, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre is at the..." (door) (!store) (!core) (!floor)

Which city is mentioned in the lyrics of "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang"? (Compton) (!Detroit) (!New York) (!Atlanta)

The lyrics of "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" primarily focus on which themes? (Street life and partying) (!Love and relationships) (!Political activism) (!Gang rivalries)

The line "Laid back (with my mind on my money and my money on my mind)" is a reference to which genre? (G-funk) (!Hardcore rap) (!East Coast hip-hop) (!Trap)

Which of these is a recurring line in the song? ("Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby!") (!"Straight outta Compton, crazy motherf***er named Ice Cube!") (!"California knows how to party!") (!"Lose yourself in the music, the moment!")


Dr. Dre's Real Name Andre Romelle Young
Year of Release 1993
Featured Artist Snoop Dogg
Genre of the Song G-funk
Album Name The Chronic

Open Tasks


  1. Create a Playlist: Compile a playlist of G-funk classics, including "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang."
  2. Draw a Graffiti Art: Create a graffiti piece inspired by the themes of "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang."
  3. Write a Rap Verse: Write your own rap verse, inspired by Dr. Dre's style.


  1. Research Project: Investigate the impact of "The Chronic" on hip-hop culture.
  2. Interview Project: Interview people about their memories and impressions of "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang."
  3. Music Production: Create a beat in the style of G-funk.


  1. Critical Analysis: Analyze the lyrical themes of "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" in the context of early '90s Los Angeles.
  2. Video Documentary: Create a short documentary on the history of West Coast hip-hop.
  3. Debate: Organize a debate on the influence of Dr. Dre in modern hip-hop.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Evolution of Hip-Hop: How did songs like "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" influence the evolution of hip-hop?
  2. Impact of Music Videos: Evaluate the role of music videos in popularizing hip-hop songs in the '90s.
  3. Dr. Dre's Influence: Discuss the influence of Dr. Dre on other artists and the music industry.
  4. G-funk Genre Analysis: Analyze the key characteristics of the G-funk genre.
  5. Cultural Significance: Discuss the cultural significance of "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" in the context of '90s American culture.

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