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Top 25 Hip-Hop Songs of the 2000s: #16 Dr. Dre “The Next Episode”Posted by Nathan S. on 12/01/09 | Filed under Features, Best of the 2000s, Alicia Keys
Perhaps the most influential figure in hip-hop in the '90s, Dr. Dre has been somewhat mysteriously absent as a solo artist for the majority of this decade, but in 2000 he was dropping hits like "The Next Episode". While not an enormous commercial hit - the track peaked at number 23 on the charts - to this day it remains one of the most iconic beats from a man who certainly has no shortage of classic production in his catalog. "It's Dr. Dre mother**kers!" It certainly is. It certainly is.
First I have to acknowledge that we're pushing the time line on this one. While "Chronic 2000" was technically released in 1999, "The Next Episode" officially dropped as a single in 2000. The real point is, we couldn't do this list without Dr. Dre, but if we didn't include "The Next Episode" I don't know what we would have included. Not only is the track Dre's last real solo hit (amazing but true), the track also features two other hip-hop icons, Snoop and Nate Dogg, the latter whom managed to transform the track into a stoner anthem with his "Smoke weed everyday" ad-lib at the end. Long story short, Dr. Dre is one of the biggest producers in hip-hop history, and any countdown of the decade that didn't include him would have been a sham.
"The Next Episode" also easily passes the First 3 Seconds Test, meaning that once the song comes at a party everyone in the crowd knows exactly what song it is and is already yelling in appreciation. In fact, "The Next Episode" may be the greatest First 3 Seconds song in hip-hop history; let me think about it...um...yeah, I'll stand by that. All it takes are the first few bars of that bouncing, eminently west coast beat and any hip-hop fan in earshot is losing their mind. That's all the proof you need.
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