The [Real] Doctor’s Advocates – Who’s Dr. Dre’s Best Collaborator?

After constant false starts, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine recently provided a glimmer of hope that the West Coast producer’s long-awaited, highly anticipated Detox might see the light of day this calendar year. Yeah, we’ve heard that one before, but the powerful pair actually mentioned a single called “Under Pressure,” which features longtime collaborator Jay-Z. Word around the ‘Net is the song is supposed to surface sometime today. Whether it does or doesn’t, we here at XXL got to thinking about how many times the good doctor has performed surgery with some of the best in the business. Question is, who sounds the illest over a coveted Dre beat. Here’s a rundown of some of your options…

N.W.A

Along with DJ Yella, Dre was instrumental in crafting the seminal West Coast group’s gangsta sound, creating the crew’s biggest hits like “Straight Outta Compton,” “Boyz-n-the-Hood,” “Fuck the Police,” “Dopeman,” and “Express Yourself,” among others. There’s nothing like hearing Ice Cube, Eazy-E and MC Ren getting disrespectful on the D-R-E’s early Public Enemy-inspired beats.

2PAC

Though he was only behind the boards for a couple of Pac’s studio sessons, Dre was arguably responsible for the late rapper’s most successful song, “California Love.” In addition to being nominated for two Grammy awards, the track was also on top of The Billboard Hot 100 singles charts for two weeks in a row.

SNOOP DOGG

With such classic staples as “Nuthin’ But A G Thing,” “Deep Cover,” “Gin and Juice,” and “Who Am I (What’s My Name),” Dre and Snoop’s chemistry falls in the same category as peas and carrots and peanut butter and jelly.

EMINEM

Not only did D-R-E give the White boy a career-defining co-sign, he also blessed him with some heat, despite what many critics may say. “My Name Is,” “Guilty Conscience” and “The Real Slim Shady.” Come on, son.

50 CENT

While “Heat,” “Outta Control (Remix),” and “When it Rains it Pours“ are all solid collabos, it all boils down to Dre and 50′s undisputed classic “In Da Club,” which established this as one pair you don’t wanna fuck with.

THE GAME

He doesn’t call himself the Doctor’s Advocate for nothing. Some of Chuck Taylor’s best joints from The Documentary, “How We Do,” “Higher,” “Westside Story” were produced by the Aftermath mastermind.

BUSTA RHYMES

Although Bussa Bus was only signed to Dre’s Aftermath Records for one album, the duo have put out some phenomenal material together. Besides his work on The Big Bang (“Don’t Get Carried Away, “Get You Some,” “Legend of the Fall Offs”), their best song together is arguably “Break Your Neck” from 2001’s Genesis.

JAY-Z

Jiggaman didn’t hop on a Dre joint until 2002’s The Blueprint 2, for the head nodding banger “The Watcher 2,” but since then the two rap giants have united for several mature cuts like “30 Something” “Lost One” and “Minority Report,” and the upcoming “Under Pressure,” among others. [Editor's Note: Dre appeared on "Watch Me," a song on 1999's Vol. 3, but Irv Gotti produced the track]

NAS

Many regarded God’s Son’s album with Dre as part of The Firm a failure, but there’s no denying the magic that occurs when Nasir flows over the good doc’s productions. “Hustlers,” “Nas is Coming” and “Phone Tap,” all must haves on any hip-hop fan’s iPod.

THE D.O.C.

Before damaging his vocal chords in a car accident (and baggin’ Erykah Badu), D.O.C. was a pivotal voice behind the West Coast’s sound , contributing to N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton and Eazy-E’s Eazy Duz It. With Dre producing his own solo disc, Now One Can Do It Better, D.O.C. scored a rare classic and shout out from Dre on Snoop’s “Nuthin But A G Thang.”

  • http://myspace.comgunrugladiators mav

    you guys r idiots or somethin jay-z had a dre joint on volume 3 that watch me yall need to do yall homework i gotta go wit snoop on this one anybody else wouldnt be right

    • ILLWILL

      Everybody on that list is good, but how can u not go wit NWA as a whole!

    • slimmy

      ^^^^^Mav

      Exactly man, this is supposed to be a premier hip hop site and yall dont know shit. The joint on vol 3 was iight, snoop kills it tho with those dre beats.

      • Rob Markman

        Umm Mav/Slimmy Irv Gotti and Lil Rob did “Watch Me” smh!

    • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

      SNOOOOOOOOOOP DAWG

    • jay

      no doubt nas. he was the first from the east with dude. the collabo in and of itself was monumental and you give nasty a dre beat, over…

    • Anonymous

      Mav dr. dre did not do that track irv gotti did it & it featured dre

  • Worley

    Snoop hands down.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    D.O.C.

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      My man $yk…

      I thought D.O.C. at first. That album is amazing. But I think I gotta go Snoop #1 with D.O.C. a close 2nd if only because of how Snoop sounds with Dre & without him.

      • General

        Your right about Snoop’s sound, but I gotta tell ya, its NWA as a collective without a doubt, then Snoop and D.O.C. tied for 2nd…

        Honestly though we never got to hear D.O.C. flow over anyone else’s production before he fucked up his voice…

        • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

          Whatup homies?

          I understand totally why cats will pick Snoop, but D.O.C. needs to be in that Dre convo WAAAAYYY before half of them other cats listed. You might as well say he was the NWA 6th man…this is for the youngin’s…

          However, The D.O.C. remained important to Dr. Dre, who used his talents as one of the writers for his debut solo album The Chronic, contributing to the tracks “Lil’ Ghetto Boy,” “A Nigga Witta Gun,” and “Bitches Ain’t Shit”. He also appeared on the skit track “The $20 Sack Pyramid.” He is referenced by name in “Nuthin’ but a G Thang,” and appears in the song’s video as well. The liner notes to The Chronic say, “I want to give a special shout out to The D.O.C. for talking me into doin’ this album.” His name is mentioned by Snoop Dogg in the intro of the album. (“Peace to my nigga D.O.C., still makin’ it funky enough”).

          The D.O.C. worked on Snoop Dogg’s debut album Doggystyle and added some vocals on the song “Serial Killa”. Also, the words, “No one can do it better”, the name of his first album, were featured on the song “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and “Public Service Announcement” by Jay-Z as a direct reference to the rapper. The D.O.C continued to be a ghostwriter for various songs on Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg albums.

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          watch?v=YxRiueU_ouE&feature=related

          ^ another name drop

      • Justice4All

        That D.O.C. was amazing, when that production hit, it was a wrap. Then you add D.O.C’s lyrics, …*whirlwind pyramid*No One Can Do It Better*The Formula…Hits!

        • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

          true that Just.

        • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

          If we’re including EVERYTHING (like writing rhymes and overseeing albums), then it’s definitely D.O.C.

          Remember, on the inside of The Chronic, it said, “Thanks to The D.O.C. for talking me into doing this album!” It probably helped that he helped write some tracks…

        • General

          Yeah its amazing D.O.C. is behind so many people including 2pac and Nas…

          I’m taking anything away from Pac or Nas, but honestly 2Pac sounded a hell of a lot better over Johnny J’s production and Nas’s best Cd’s included zero Dre beats…

          I think people need to study hip hop more. Snoop is the top pick, but what they fail to realize is the Snoop tracks that everyone loves were co written by D.O.C. Not to mention the majority of Dre’s solo tracks that standout. I wish people would go back and listen to Snoop the Chronic and Doggystyle (back when D.O.C. was helpin Snoop with his rhymes) and compare that to everything else since then. Its amazing to me how much better his flow and rhymes were then as opposed to everything else since that time.

          I know D.O.C. as an artist was way before so many of the commentors time on here, but he still has the strongest influence on the Dre’s solo tracks of anyone else even to this day…

          I think another great poll would be who is Dre’s best collaborator when it comes to making beats? Thats a poll I wanna see.

  • Kenny D

    Its between Snoop and Game, with 50 in a close 2nd. I’m gonna give it to Snoop, cuz Dre and Snoop were made for each other. Here’s may rankings on who does best with Dre:
    1. Snoop Dogg
    2. The Game
    3. 50 Cent
    4. DOC
    5. NWA
    6. Eminem
    7. 2Pac
    8. Busta Rhymes
    9. Jay-Z
    10. Nas

    • http://XXLMAG.COM KENNY D ‘S GRANDMAMA

      NAS LAST? U TELLING ME DR. AND BUSTA DID A JONT BETTER THAN PHONE TAP? GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE SUCKA…

  • allhiphop>xxlmag

    eminem, why you think dre always produces his albums?
    dre expands his sound for em
    when he produces for others, anybody can jump on it
    but when he produces for em, only em can sound good on them

    • http://K1ngEljay.com K1ng Eljay

      Hmmmmmmmmm….. that’s actually a solid point. I can dig that. I was lookin at the posts, and I personally thought Eminem always went to war on Dre beats…

      Now…about your username…. uh…i think XXL’s a little better. but you know..whatever. lol

  • bylaw99

    At first I will go with NWA (cause that was timeless w/Cube & Eazy & Ren) after NWA you gotta go with Snoop, Snoops the main reason Dre didnt fall off. They complement each other better than anyone else on this list outside of NWA!

  • b-dogg

    Dr.[muthafucka i'm] Dre could make anyone hot… with Dre at the boards, its a automatic reason to cop an album.[ even if you had never heard of the artist, the words "produced by Dr. Dre" catches your eye] keep it 100– Dre IS HIP-HOP…

  • KLETEWOOD

    Back in the day…people camped out for that Snoop’s Doggystyle CD….produced by DRE on Death Row. This was before the internet! There was so much hype in the streets and for the West Coast.

    Back in 94′….The DRE/SNOOP COLLAB WAS GANGSTA AS SHIT. DRE Day and Nothing but a G thing were the shit.

    WHEN DRE was with NWA he was in the shadows behind Cube and Ren. The beats and content were hella sick though.

    Dre was on top of his game with Tupac in 95. But…nothing like Dre and Snoop.

    As for Eminem, Dre already left Death Row and was left for dead for a few years. He was highly disrespected in the streets after the 2pac fallout. When Em came on…it took a while for the hype to start. But…when it did, it took off.

  • Kenny D

    Nas is my favorite rapper, but he doesn’t shine with Dre. I’m talking about artists that can kill Dre beats, not who’s my favorite. Busta had better joints on Dre beats than Nas. Does this mean Busta is better than Nas? HELL NO!

  • eddie

    no love for hitman? hell he killed everything he was on on 2001… and what about eve? she killed my favorite dre beat with that Blow ya mind…. Eminem and Snoop are tops to me though as there body of work with dre speaks volumes above any others.

    • Anonymous

      good looks on hitman, he rips the whole 2001 cd

  • eddie

    by the way the “Watch Me” track on Vol. 3 was produced by Irv Gotti fools, so Jay never did hop on a Dre beat until 2002 with “Watcher 2″

  • Hell P’Casso

    After Snoop,Kurupt should be there.There’s no Chronik or 2001 if Kurupt iz not on it and it’s gonna be the same for Detox.And they should have put Xzibit on the list too.Dre & Xzibit made some magic 2geter.

    1.Snoop Dogg
    2.Kurupt
    3.The Doc
    4.Eminem
    5.Xzibit
    6.MWA
    7.2Pac
    8.Nas
    9.Jay Z
    10.50Cent

  • Hell P’Casso

    The Game and Busta Rhymes or number 10 like 50Cent

  • Hell P’Casso

    The Game and Busta Rhymes are number 10 like 50Cent.

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk stop

    snoop and dre are like L and A

  • Tha Voice

    Hands down snoop rides Dres beats the best.Second i have to say Game most of his best work is pretty much with Dre.
    And 3rd Eminem its true what allhiphop>xxlmag wrote Dre does some pretty darn good beats specifically for EM.
    P.S.:This is my opinion and i am entitled to it like anybody else.

  • gaddic

    Hard to pick
    But any of y’all heard that track on Relapse refill
    “Hell breaks loose”
    That track is one HARD beat to rhyme on
    The synths and drums were not smoothly connected like alot of other records
    and Em’s flow murdered it!

  • Yoyo

    No Game vs. 50 B.S for me, but Dre & 50 has better bangers than Game & Dre.
    The Dre & 50 joints are easily more memorable than Dre & Game.
    One of Game joint is more like a 50 & Dre since he wrote the hook and was originally for 50.

    Anyway Dre & 50>>>Game & Dre

  • 2Pack

    “California Love part 2, without gay a$$ Dre.”

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    I aint tryin to argue the point but I will explain the reason behind my pick. Because this was a very tough choice to make, most of the list are just perfect fits when they are on a Dre beat.

    I would have gone with NWA because they were the foundation that got laid first, but Im goin with my choice because they have been consistent and Dre’s beats have evolved and got so much better over the years, he practically has perfected his sound now.

    So after a long mental debate I went with Eminem over Snoop.He seems to bring the best out of both of them, but to me Em seems more consistent.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Oh and I have to give a much deserved shout to the Dogg Pound on the cd Dogg Fodd because It was all g funk produced by Dre and that cd was hard as hell, they killed that shit back then, that was Death Rows hey day.

  • Jerod

    You see… we just don’t care about who started what. Once a sound has been created, it’s about who can do the best with that sound. I don’t know who D.O.C is. I don’t care either. Snoop knows what to do with a Dre beat better then anyone alive or dead. It’s like a math equation.

    Dre beat = A
    Snoop vocals = B
    Finished Product = $$$

    A+B=$$$

    Or

    Dre beat = A
    D.O.C = X
    Finished Product = $

    A+X = $

    They just don’t add up as well.

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      LOL

      “Snoop knows what to do with a Dre beat better then anyone alive or dead.”

      “The D.O.C continued to be a ghostwriter for various songs on Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg albums.”

      ^ looks like Snoop had help doing those beats better…

      I voted for Snoop, did you know that? So all of that math formula, “sorry old heads”, “we/YOU don’t care” stuff is moot. You didn’t prove anything to me.

      I stated D.O.C. purposely, to give the man props for his part in helping NWA/Dre/Snoop blow up.

      • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

        You Voted For This
        Snoop Dogg (44%, 547 Votes)-IN RED LETTERS
        Eminem (25%, 312 Votes)
        Game (8%, 100 Votes)
        N.W.A (6%, 73 Votes)
        2Pac (5%, 68 Votes)
        50 Cent (4%, 55 Votes)
        The D.O.C. (2%, 31 Votes)
        Nas (2%, 28 Votes)
        Jay-Z (2%, 22 Votes)
        Busta Rhymes (0%, 5 Votes)

  • Jerod

    Yup. I just listened to The Formula. Doesn’t even come close. Sorry Old Heads.

  • Jerod

    Yup. I just listened to The Formula. Doesn’t come close. Sorry Old Heads.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Careful now young buck, though I do think he newer sound has come a long way, the Formula remains one his best classics.That song is timeless.No need for the old heads shit, you supportin snoop as the best and look how far they go back.Thats pretty old, not as old as nwa and doc but still old.

  • simmy

    N.W.A. with Snoop running a close second.

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    Damn, this is a hard one. Dre brings the best out of damn near everyone. He’d make Eli Porter sound dope, hahaa!

    Not gonna pick one (I can’t) but I do want to shout out an icon not mentioned yet… NATE DOGG.

  • mikel

    cant pick against snoop but eminem is a somewhat close second

  • http://MYSPACE.COM HELTAH SIN SAY

    NOT BAD, NOT BAD AT ALL, I ACTUALLY WENT WITH N.W.A, BUT IM GOOD WITH THE VOTES. I KNOW ALOT OF PEOPLE SAY “WELL DRE DIDNT MAKE ALL THE BEATS HE JUST PUT HIS NAME ON UM”
    WELL YOU COULD SAY THAT BUT LOOK AT THE MANS BODY OF WORK BEFORE JAY Z,BEFORE 50 CENT BEFORE EM AND SNOOP, HE WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A POWER HOUSE AND ONE OF OUR LEGENDS…..

  • cold

    snoop

  • IndyKid

    I dont care what you guys say…Game and Dre was like pb and j. The two guys just went together perfectly somehow. And as far as consistency goes, Dre’s beats for Game were far more consistent and well put together than any one else’s name up there.

    Indy

  • Wallman

    I gotta say Nas, that “Hustlers” is one of my favourite songs ever.

  • kedordu

    THE DOC IS DRES FAVOURITE COLLABORATOR . HE CONTRIBUTED TO THE 2 ALBUMS . HE COLLABORATED WITH DRE TO PRODUCE SNOOP LMAO YEA ITS WIERD BUT DOC AND DRE BIRTHED SNOOP .HE WAS A GHOST WRITER IN BOTH .AND FOR THE LAST TIME I GOTTA TELL NIGGAS DOC ACTUALLY HELPED JAY Z TO WRITE STILL DRE TOO . AND SNOOP SAID HES THEONLY ONE WHO CAN CLL OUT DRE ON ANY B.S IN THE STUDIO DRE SEES HIM ON ANOTHER LEVEL . HE COULDNT FINISH DETOX WITHOUT DOC . AND THEY ARE WORKING ON PUTTING OUT SLIM DA MOBSTER TOGETHER . HES PROLLY THE GREATEST GHOST WRITTER IN RAP HISTORY . REALLY LISTEN TO THE LYRICS OF BOSSES LIFE OR THE FLOW FROM THATS THAT . THAT GUY IS A GENIUS

  • G-unit crip

    50cent hands down every time they get
    together classic shit happens.

    • Justice4All

      50 Cent? I’m not trying to be funny, but 50 is a hook writer. Case and point, “In the Club”, without that beat, the song is wack. I can’t even remember lyrics, but I do remember the hook, oh and that part where he says “Ok”. That’s it. 50′s lyrics are forgettable. On the other hand, NWA and Snoop embody the whole westcoast gangsta rap feel.The Game brings a rawness and complete shock value to dre’s production, similar to Em.

  • ?

    Eminem duhhhhhhhh

  • yung gotti

    its not even close its snoop all day

  • makavelli

    Real easy loved ones…The best spitter in the biz to date in my eyes from down south “holly grove”…Jay/game/jada/styles/free/cassidy/fab/jacka/ghost all fill my airwaves but even though I don’t play him as much… That lil white boy from detroit trully is one of the greatest spitters of all time… u all know it to! so em’ behind a dre’ beat… unbeatable

  • http://K1ngEljay.com K1ng Eljay

    Ok, just voted. And to each his own opinion…

    But how the HELL is Busta Last?!?! Did ANYONE hear “Don’t Get Carried Away?”

    Cmon man… I mean, just give me a good reason why he’s last. lol

  • ThingAlec

    Yeah I don’t understand why busta would be last. IMO it would be Jay-Z.

  • http://xxlmag.com realtalk82

    0 votes for Busta Rhymes and Dre! That’s sad people. They sounded much better than 50 and probably even Jay-Z! Think about his joints and chemistry on Dre produced records!!I think cats are not really thinkin too deep about this! I did pick Snoop as Doggystyle is a HipHop classic and there was almost no filler on that record,front 2 back joint. They forgot on important collab here…….XZIBIT!!!

  • http://www.vk.com Rashid

    Eminem The Best

  • Rizzop2003

    What about Raekwon?

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  • raazi36

    NWA hands down, go back an listen to “Alwayz Into Sumthin” BEST DRE BEAT EVAR ! ! !

  • Anonymous

    yo..!
    Eminem..

  • oskamadison

    I actually voted for Snoop but in retrospect I think it’s NWA and Snoop tied for that No. 1 spot with D.O.C. at an extremely close second, damn near No. 1B. What about Michel’le?? Sike!!!

  • dbys12

    yea i think snoop and i agree wit the general pac sounded way better wit jonny j lol pac up there in that extra tacky ass coat

  • Anonymous

    everyone has different opinions you internet kooks

  • Fuck

    Eminem number 1 =)

    Snoop Dogg feat. Timati – shit

  • Anonymous

    Eminem

  • breed500

    As an cohesive body of work “No one can do it better” by D.O.C is probably Dre’s best work ever.The album has an concept,the beats make sense and DOC is hella underrated as one of the most important writers in the NWA/Chronic camp..do your research….

  • hiphopzilla

    how can you lot forget Devin The Dude “It’s A Shame” was a banger and lets not forget Dre’s classic “Fuck You” which Devin featured on. you also slept on Xzibit the collabs on “Restless” & “Man V’s Machine” were str8 heat (not 2 mention “What’s The Difference” & “Some L.A. Niggaz”)