Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang

"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" is a song by American rapper Dr. Dre, featuring fellow American rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, on Dre's debut solo album, The Chronic (1992). As the album's first single it reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 20, 1993, behind "Informer" by Snow,[7] outperformed The Chronic's other singles, "Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')", which peaked at number 8, and "Let Me Ride", which peaked at number 34. The single also reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and was a number 31 hit in the UK.

"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
G thang.jpg
Single by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg
from the album The Chronic
ReleasedJanuary 19, 1993[1]
StudioDeath Row (Los Angeles, California)
Producer(s)Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"Deep Cover"
"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
"Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')"
Snoop Doggy Dogg singles chronology
"Deep Cover"
"Nuthin' But a "G" Thang"
"Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')"
Audio sample
Music video
"Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Nuthin' But A "G" Thang [Remastered In 8K] (Official Music Video) (24/96khz)" on YouTube

The song was selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll.[8] 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. In June 1994, it was reissued in certain European countries.

Music videoEdit

The accompanying music video for "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang", directed by Dr. Dre,[9] depicts Dre coming into Long Beach, California to pick up Snoop and go to a block party. Mingling at the party, they perform the first verses with a barbecue cookout and a game of volleyball nearby. A female player's (Mercedes Ashley)[10] bikini top is pulled down by "T-Dubb", an original member of the Long Beach rap group Foesum, exposing her breasts. For the next verses they go inside the house. 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, a Chicago White Sox ball cap, and screen text. Many artists appeared in video, including The D.O.C., Warren G, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, RBX and Suga Free.

In popular cultureEdit


"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It is Dre's only song on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, ranked at number 419, not counting two other songs that feature Dre as a producer and on vocals, N.W.A's "Fuck tha Police" and Tupac's "California Love". Q magazine listed it as the 24th greatest hip hop song of all time and is featured in the game Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. [12] In September 2010 Pitchfork Media included it at number 3 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[13]


In 1998, CBS reported that Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), who sought hearings in the Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee, said he was "concerned that the music industry is marketing its most violent and misogynist music to teens." The report added, "While industry executives assert that children are protected from this music, much evidence suggests that most hyper-violent albums are bought by children." Advisory labels were an outcome of the hearings.[14]

Musically, the funk orientation in hip-hop is often linked to "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" but its roots were laid by another rap group, Above the Law. "Nuthin' But a G Thang echoes Above the Law's Never Missin' a Beat" [sic], according to a 2016 article in The Guardian.[15] Both groups interpolated the signature funk grooves of Parliament-Funkadelic.

Live performancesEdit

Dre and Snoop performed the song live at the 1993 MTV Movie Awards on July 13, 1993. They also performed the song live at the 1994 Soul Train Music Awards on March 15, 1994.

Track listingEdit



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[38]
Sales Since 2005
Silver 200,000 
United States (RIAA)[40] Platinum 1,300,000[39]

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

See alsoEdit


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  38. ^ "British single certifications – Dr Dre Ft Snoop Dogg – Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  39. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. Vol. 106, no. 3. January 15, 1994. p. 73. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  40. ^ "American single certifications – Dr. Dre – Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang". Recording Industry Association of America.

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