The Next Episode

"The Next Episode" is a single by American rapper Dr. Dre, released on June 26, 2000[1] as the third single from his second studio album, 2001 (1999). The track features Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, and Nate Dogg, but only Snoop Dogg is credited. It is a sequel to Dre and Snoop's famous single "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" from the former's debut album, The Chronic.

"The Next Episode"
Dre - Next Episode.jpg
Single by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, and Nate Dogg
from the album 2001
B-side"Bad Guys Always Die"
ReleasedJune 26, 2000[1]
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"Forgot About Dre"
"The Next Episode"
"The Watcher"
Snoop Dogg singles chronology
"Still D.R.E."
"The Next Episode"
"Snoop Dogg (What's My Name Pt. 2)"
Kurupt singles chronology
"Girls All Pause"
"The Next Episode"
"Who Ride Wit Us"
Nate Dogg singles chronology
"Game Don't Wait"
"The Next Episode"
"Where I Wanna Be"
Music video
"The Next Episode ft. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg" on YouTube

The song peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Dre's verse was written by then Aftermath artists, Hittman, The D.O.C. and Ms. Roq. It is produced by Dre and fellow Aftermath producer Mel-Man. The single's title harkens back to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's classic smash hit "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" from Dre's 1992 solo debut The Chronic in which Snoop Dogg instructs listeners at the end of the chorus to, "just chill, 'til the next episode,", the line itself being a reference to the song "It's My Thing," from the EPMD album Strictly Business, which in fact did not refer to this single but its predecessor, a leftover song from 1993 originally recorded for Doggystyle, but not included in its final version.[2] Snoop, Dre, and Nate each have verses while Kurupt shares the hook with Snoop and Dre. The song has many references to 2Pac's "California Love", which he did with Dr. Dre while at Death Row Records, and To Live & Die in LA.[3] Originally listed on the back cover of Doggystyle as "Tha Next Episode", the original version of the song was by Snoop Dogg featuring Dr. Dre, and had a much different beat and different lyrics. The original was 4:36 long, and referred to Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" numerous times. The background of the original was later used in Warren G's "Runnin' Wit No Breaks" on the Regulate...G Funk Era album.

Music videoEdit

The music video is set in a strip club with many strippers pole dancing. It also features many rappers including Hittman, Ice Cube, Warren G, and Xzibit.


The song's main sample interpolates David Axelrod's and David McCallum's "The Edge", borrowing from a brief segment at the beginning of the song, repeated in the middle of the song and in the end sequence. The song was sampled by R&B trio City High for their 2001 hit "What Would You Do". It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2001 for Dre and Snoop. The award, however, went to Dre and Eminem for "Forgot About Dre". The edit released for radio and music channels was heavily edited and had many re-recorded lines and muted censors as well as some removing the "smoke weed everyday" part which Nate Dogg says at the very end. Barry Bonds used the instrumental section before the first vocals as his plate appearance music for a period of time during the 2000s. The Seattle Mariners' Chone Figgins has used the instrumental as his walk-up music during the 2011 season.[citation needed] Nate Dogg's line at the end of the song "smoke weed everyday" is used in many internet memes.[4] The song featured on the video game Grand Theft Auto V on the station West Coast Classics.


A remix with the same name by Snoop Dogg and Lil' Mo appears on the mixtape DJ Felli Fel Featuring Snoop Dogg - The Heavy Hitters, which was released in 2002. A remix with the music from "Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses is available unofficially. A version dubbed by The Game as a diss towards 50 Cent was released in 2005. A remix entitled "TNE 2006" was released to radio airplay in 2006. It features Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg. Joe Budden rapped over the beat during an appearance on DJ Green Lantern Sirius Satellite Radio show with Charles Hamilton. The prizefighter remix was released in 2002, featuring 2Pac, DMX and Nas. Joe Rickard, drummer for RED, is known to perform this song among other popular rap and hip hop songs live in concert in a medley. A version in Arabic appeared in the 2012 film The Dictator performed by Aiwa, Mr Tibbz, and actor Sacha Baron Cohen as the film's title character Admiral General Aladeen. In November 2014, trap music producer San Holo released a remix of the song, which has since garnered over 220 million views on YouTube. A version by Lyric Jones, Rah Digga and Mark Batson appears in the 2018 film Dude.[5]

Track listingEdit

  • UK CD single #1[6]
  1. "The Next Episode" (LP Version) – 2:42
  2. "Bad Guys Always Die" (featuring Eminem) – 4:38
  3. "The Next Episode" (Instrumental) – 2:43
  4. "The Next Episode" (Music Video)
  • UK CD single #2[1]
  1. "The Next Episode" (LP Version) - 2:42
  2. "Fuck You" - 3:25
  3. "Bang Bang" (Instrumental) - 3:42
  4. "Forgot About Dre" (Instrumental) - 3:54
  5. "Forgot About Dre" (Music Video)
  1. "The Next Episode" (LP Version) – 2:42
  2. "Bad Guys Always Die" (featuring Eminem) – 4:38
  3. "Bang Bang" (featuring Hittman) - 3:42



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[26] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[27] Gold 25,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Platinum 600,000 

^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  • Recorded at: Sierra Sonics, Encore Studios
  • Engineer: Richard "Segal" Huredia
  • Assistant engineer: Tom Gordon, Michelle Lynn Forbes, Dave Tenhouten
  • Background Vocals - Kurupt
  • Bass - Preston Crump
  • Guitar - Sean Cruse
  • Keyboards - Camara Kambon
  • Rap [Featuring] - Snoop Dogg, Kurupt
  • Vocals [Featuring] - Nate Dogg
  • Director - Paul Hunter
  • Writers - Ms Roq, Hittman, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, David McCallum
  • Video cameo appearance - Xzibit, Hittman, Warren G


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  28. ^ "British single certifications – Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type The Next Episode in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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