What's My Name? (Snoop Doggy Dogg song)

"Who Am I? (What's My Name?)" (commonly titled "What's My Name?") is the solo debut single by American hip hop recording artist Snoop Doggy Dogg. It was released on October 10, 1993 as the first single from his debut album, Doggystyle, with the record labels Death Row Records, Interscope Records, and Atlantic Records.[1] It was ranked number 456 on NME's 500 greatest songs of all time.[2]

"What's My Name?"
What's My Name.jpg
Single by Snoop Doggy Dogg
from the album Doggystyle
ReleasedOctober 10, 1993 (1993-10-10)
Recorded1993
Genre
Length4:06
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Dr. Dre
Snoop Doggy Dogg singles chronology
"Let Me Ride"
(1993)
"What's My Name?"
(1993)
"Gin and Juice"
(1994)
Audio sample
Music video
"Who Am I? (What's My Name?)" on YouTube

The song, produced by Dr. Dre, features samples and interpolations from George Clinton's "Atomic Dog" in its chorus and throughout, the bass line from Funkadelic's (Not Just) Knee Deep and an interpolation from Parliament's "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" in its bridge. The song's intro contains a sample from The Counts' "Pack of Lies." A vocal sample ("the bomb") from Parliament's "P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" can be heard throughout.[citation needed]

The song and music video were parodied in director Rusty Cundieff's film, Fear of a Black Hat (1993).[citation needed]

In the UK in 2014, the song was used on an advert for MoneySupermarket, which featured Snoop Dogg.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Alan Jones from Music Week gave it 4 out of 5. He wrote, "Clearly influenced by George Clinton, Cameo and the like, this laidback rap cut has been widely praised with the industry has a gimmick warcry, some soulful femmes and stands every chance of being a hit."[4] Ralph Tee from the magazine's RM Dance Update complimented "its infectious "Bow wow wow yippy yo yippy yeah" hook and a production steeped in the tradition of Seventies George Clinton and Cameo". He stated that "it's Snoop's rhymes and the aforementioned hook that's making this a smash".[5]

Commercial performanceEdit

"Who Am I? (What's My Name?)" was the first top 10 hit of Snoop Dogg on the Billboard Hot 100, the first as a lead rap artist. The song reached number 8 on the chart. The song topped the US Hot Rap Songs for three weeks. It was certified gold by the RIAA in 1994.[6]

Music videoEdit

Fab 5 Freddy directs a CGI-driven music video for the song.[7] Snoop and others are able to transform into dogs (such as Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, Pit bulls, and the women Cocker Spaniels and several other breeds) to evade upsetting fathers and run wild, while also evading a pair of clumsy dog catchers while in these forms. One scene shows the dogs wearing sunglasses, smoking cigars and gambling on dice games (a parody of the turn of the 20th-century series of paintings by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge titled Dogs Playing Poker). Throughout the video Snoop can be seen standing on the roof of V.I.P. Records, a record store and studio where Snoop Dogg recorded some of his first material. Other associates of Snoop make cameo appearances such as Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, and Warren G.

Track listingEdit

  1. Who Am I? (What's My Name?) (Clean Radio Mix) — 4:15
  2. Who Am I? (What's My Name?) (Clean Club Mix) — 5:03
  3. Who Am I? (What's My Name?) (Explicit Club Mix) — 8:12
  4. Who Am I? (What's My Name?) (LP Version) — 4:15
  5. Who Am I? (What's My Name?) (Instrumental) — 4:15

Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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