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"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" is the title of a song by American gangsta rapper Dr. Dre, from his debut solo album, The Chronic. It features rapper Snoop Dogg and is the first single from the album. "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 (Informer by Snow topped the charts when the song went to its highest peak on the week of March 20, 1993), outperforming The Chronic's other singles "Fuck wit Dre Day (and Everybody's Celebratin')" (number 8) and "Let Me Ride" (number 34). The single also reached number one on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. It was also a hit in the UK, where it reached number 31. The song was selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll. XXL magazine named it the top hip hop song of the decade.
The song samples "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You" by Leon Haywood and was based after the life of James Adkins.
The vocals are shared by Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg (who has sole songwriting credit), who drop in trademark references to Long Beach and Compton in California. The song contains samples from Leon Haywood's "I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You", B-Side Wins Again by Public Enemy and "Uphill (Peace of Mind)" by Kid Dynamite. On the inside cover of The Chronic album under Credits, Leon Haywood's name is incorrectly cited as "L. Hayward"
"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It's Dre's only song on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (ranked number 419), not counting two other songs that feature Dre as producer and on vocals, N.W.A.'s "Fuck tha Police" and 2Pac's "California Love". Q magazine listed it as the 24th greatest hip-hop song of all time. In September 2010 Pitchfork Media included the song at number 3 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.
Nuthin' But A "G" Thang (Radio Mix) 3.56
Nuthin' But A "G" Thang (LP Version) 3:58
Nuthin' But A "G" Thang (Instrumental) 4:06
A Nigga Witta Gun (LP Version) 3.56
Nuthin' But A "G" Thang (Club Mix) 4.38
Nuthin But A "G" Thang (Freestyle Remix) 4:11
Kris Kross heavily sampled Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang on their 1993 single I'm Real.
Snoop Dogg's first single from "Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told" was a sequel to the song entitled, "Still a G Thang."
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg retooled "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" into the titular theme of their 2001 comedy film The Wash.
"Get It Up" by Silkk the Shocker uses the reworked chorus of "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang."
Ja Rule's "Livin' It Up" contains a sample of "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang". It was nominated for a Grammy Award.
There also is a radio edit, where most of the profanity is removed by changes in lyrics.
The song was parodied by The Fringemunks to recap Fringe episode 2.04, "Momentum Deferred."
Funny or Die posted a parody in January 2011 called "Nuthin' But A Glee Thang", about the TV series Glee co-written by Glee castmember Heather Morris and co-starring Sofia Vergara, Riki Lindhome and Ashley Lendzion and features Glee castmates Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Harry Shum, Jr. & Naya Rivera.
The music video (directed by Andre Young) depicts Dr. Dre coming into Long Beach, California to pick up Snoop Dogg and go to a block party. They arrive at the party where they perform the first verses outside, while a barbecue cookout and a game of volleyball goes on. A female player's bikini top is pulled down, exposing her breasts. For the next verses they go inside the house where the party is taking place. A small sequence of events shows a snobbish female party-goer humiliated by being sprayed with shaken-up malt liquor. The video ends with Dre dropping Snoop off back at his house, with Snoop staggering up the driveway. The MTV edit censors nudity, drug paraphernalia (Warren G with a blunt), copyrighted logos (White Sox ball cap), and screen text.
Chart (1992-1993) Peak
New Zealand (RIANZ) 39
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 31
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 22
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1
End of year charts
End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11
End of decade charts
Chart (1990--1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 95