Dr. Dre’s 5 Boastful Bars [#2 of Top 10 Producers Turned Rappers]

The transition from hip-hop maestro to rap artist is a tough one, and not everyone can master it. But when it comes to getting down on the mic, some beatsmiths just have the gift of gab. With Kanye West making the successful leap from soulful in-house producer to one of the game’s most respected (and controversial) voices on the mic, XXL felt it only right to count down the best 10 producers turned rappers of all time in the October 2010 issue, which is on stands now.

Coming in at No. 2 is Dr. Dre, whose accomplishments behind the boards, have propelled his subject matter lyrically. Be sure to pick up the October issue to get the full write up on the Good Doctor and how he earned his spot. But for now, here’s Dr. Dre’s 5 self-praising lines.

Dr. Dre’s “Been There Done That”
“Since way back, I been collecting my fee/With the 48 tracks and the M-I-C.”

Tupac’s “California Love”
“I been in the game for 10 years, making rap tunes/Ever since honeys was wearing Sassoon.”

Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.”
“Kept my ear to the streets, signed Eminem/He’s triple-platinum, doing 50 a week.”

Dr. Dre’s “Forgot About Dre”
“Who you think brought you the oldies? Eazy-E’s, Ice Cube’s and D.O.C.’s/The Snoop D-O-double-G’s and the group that said ‘Muthafuck tha police.”

Eminem’s “Old Time’s Sake”
“I’m Dre from back in the day, from/N.W.A, from black and the gray, from/Choking a bitch to smacking her face, from…”

  • BeerGangsta

    You know dam well Dre is number 1!! XXL is confused!! Dre will sell more CDS than any of these dam Rappers right know!!

  • wayne

    Does it matter that most of those lines probably had a ghost writer? Dude couldn’t even write a song about his dead brother! He had to have Royce write his bars. Dre is soulless. He’s done three good things: get behind the boards for straight Outta Compton, the Chronic and “discover” Eminem. Other than that all he has done is be the single biggest and most consistent figure in the game to legitimize gangster posturing. My favorite Dre bar: “I still express/you I don’t smoke weed or cess” At least Ice cube put honest words in Dre’s mouth. But then again, the song was called Express YOURSELF and somebody wrote it for him.

    • kedordu

      Other than that all he has done is be the single biggest and most consistent figure in the game…

      thats all hes done . now shhut the fuck up .

  • sean

    love dre but he cant be number one
    doesnt put out enuff music and more than half stuff has been ghost written

  • Dominikingz

    Forgot about Dre – Eminem wrote his verse
    Still D.R.E – Jay Z wrote it
    California Love – Probably Pac
    Been There, Done That – Nas

    Please give more credit to dudes who write their own rhymes. Plus I think this dude is a pillow biter as well.

    • zayzkidd

      It doesn’t matter who wrote his shiit–Snoop and D.O.C. wrote the entire Chronic album. What matters is the outcome of the entire song and album, and NO producer has put together better songs and albums than Dre. NOT CLOSE, regardless of how it was done.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Who gives a glyin fuck about ghost writers? Half actually more than half of the rap industry talks about shit they really dont do, and believe it or not even some of the top mcs in the game have had people collaborate with them on writing songs, read the inside of the cd sleeves a little closer. Very few songs are written soley by the rapper. The keepin real image has been lost long ago, a long long time ago.

  • zayzkidd

    No disrespect to Kanye but he’s not #1 above Dre.

  • http://DETROITRAP.COM FRED

    THIS IS BS BSSSSSSSSSSS MAN WHO THE HELL AT XXL MADE THIS DECISION IS THERE A HAMPSTER IN HIS BRAIN SLEEPING AND FAT HELLLOOOO MICKFLYYYYYYYYY ANYBODY HOME!!!! XXLMAG WHAT ARE U THINKIN U HATING OR WHAT COME ON EVERY RAPPER AND UR FAV RAPPERS RAPPER ALL SAY HE IS THE BEST AND WANT TO WORK WITH HIM OR RAP WITH HIM THATS MESSED UP DR.DRE SHOULD BE HANDS DOWN NUMBER 1 I LOST RESPECT ON THIS MOVE TOWARDS XXLMAG DRE BEEN AROUND FOR LONG LONG TIME AND FOUND THE BEST RAPPERS AND DONE SO MUCH I COULD GO ON AND ON I LIKE WEST BUT WEST NEEDS TO PUT IN MORE TIME TO EVEN HAVE A CHANCE TO BE COMPARED IF WEST BEEN AROUND PUTTIN OUT MUSIC LIKE DRE 25 OR PLUS YRS THEN I COULD SEE CAUSE WE DONT NO IF WEST WILL LAST AS LONG AS DRE WILL??? U GOT TO PUT IN YOUR TIME I MEAN ITS COMMON SENSE YALL SUPPOSE TO BE THE EXPERTS LOL YALL BETTER CHANGE IT TO DRE NUMBER1 ID LIKE TOO SEE WHY THEY THINK HE DONT DESERVE 1 ANYWAY YALL CRAZY SMOKIN CRACK DRE IS NUMBER 1 WE ALL NO THAT GO AROUND ASK BET THE POLL WOULD TELL THE TRUTH!! EVEN WEST WOULD PROBALLY SAY DRE DESRVES IT

  • http://detroitrap.com jason

    what?

    i agree dr.dre number 1! watch next yr when detox drops then yall will no you made wrong choice bet!

    1 dre

  • http://detroitrap.com G-style

    ???????????

    Dr.Dre Number 1

  • Terry

    If this is really about”transition from hip-hop maestro to rap artist” than Dr. Dre as a pick is utterly ridiculous. He’s been around for over 20 years and has only put out two “solo” albums on which he rapped less than half of the verses and those were written for him. He may be a super producer (though you could argue he has fallen off in that area too) but a “rap artist” he most certainly is not. He is just one step up from being hip hop’s Milli Vanilli.

  • dead president

    i think they mean best producer turned rapper as in whos dope at both not jus producin. dre’s dope as hell but as skills go on the mic i think we all know he lacks and THATS why he aint #1. props 2 xxl for recognizing that, an check it – i like dre more than kanye but ye’s got it wit this 1 yo .

    • Chaka

      “whos dope at both not jus producin”
      Nigga pls!!!You are probably 1 of those who think Kanye is a dope artist.To me,He is just average.He is still in the P.Diddy/Will Smith class of rappers and haven’t risen to dope status in the likes Beanie or even Jada.And as far as production is concerned,Kanye is still in the process.He is not original.Relying heavily on soul samples.

  • Q461

    Dre’s rhymes and flow have always ranged from serviceable to pretty good,nothing more or less. No one is waiting on Detox for Dre’s raps. And i really think theres such a delay on Detox because Dre knows he’s made alot of dope beats, but has only 3 real ” defining ” milestones in hip-hop, NWA and Straight outta compton, breaking Snoop as a new artist on the Chronic, and breaking Em as a new artist and to a lesser extent 50 cent. Dude knows Detox needs to be of Thriller proportions as its going to be another career defining milestone for a guy that really hasnt had as much output as he should have these last 15 years or so.

    • Chaka

      Dude dont try to water down Dre’s accomplishments and make it look ordinary.Dre not only break in new artists but establish them.Snoop,Eminen,50 cent,and the Game are not just your regular artist but have become Hip Hop state men.Also,look at the albums he has put out and some of the albums he has help other artists put out.Straight out of compton(NWA),Niggas4life(NWA),Nobody does it better(DOC),the chronic(himsef),Chronic(2001),Doggystyle(Snoop),MM lp(Eminem),Get rich or die trying(50 cent),Documentary(the Game),these are great,classical,timeless hip-hop defining albums.Dre’s accomplishment is what anyones favorite producer will die for.So pls show some respect to the good doctor cause he has earned em.

  • nunya

    I understand Kanye has an album coming up; and it’s MANDATORY XXL journalists and bloggers have to post topics they can highlight him in.

    BUT DR. DRE IS THE NUMBER 1…and you fuck heads know it….maybe when Kanye get 20+ years deep in producing classic albums and everything platinum and has fans dieing for an album for a decade…THEN Kanye MIGHT BE a candidate for the number 1 spot…And fuck that! Timbaland should be number 2!!!

  • A.C.

    dr. dre, stick to producing! why the fuck rap when u dont write the shit yourself? fake, period.

    • Chaka

      Is there any difference between a rapper that doesnt write all his stuff and a producer whose work is heavily filled with samples?Following your comment I think Kanye is a fake producer cause most of his sounds are not original and are filled with samples

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Ahhhh look at all the little whiny bitch ass haters. Shut the fuck up and get ready to bang Detox I know you will once it drops. Quit complaining about him gettin ghost writers, all rappers do questionable shit. They are ENTERTAINERS NOT REAL GANGSTERS ON A MIC.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah look at the ttend milli vanilla started, I cant begin to count how many artists lip synch in concert.

  • Q461

    @ Chaka

    No one is watering down anything. I said those were MAJOR accomplishments. But theres alot of things Dre abandoned .King Tee, Rakim, Truth Hurts,Last Emperor, Marsha Ambrosius, Joell Ortiz, Bishop Lamont, Eve, Stat Quo. A second Busta Rhymes release. Raekwon’s Only built for Cuban Linx 2. Reunion album with Snoop Breakups to Makeup. Album with Ice Cube Heltah Skeltah. NWA reunion album. Album with Timbaland Chairmen of the Board. And now the long awaited Detox.

    Look at all those potential projects that never came to fruition, more than any other artist. I understand quality vs quantity but thats ridiculous. I’m not knocking Dre, in fact his accomplisments have been huge. But you’re a fool if you don’t realize Dre has skipped out on many, many projects that could have furthered his acclaim and catalog.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    @Q461
    Man think about it, Dre is a known perfectionist and takes his time with all projects. So what does that tell you? A lot, a whole lot.
    Why do you think all the big name rappers and projects got cancelled from aftermath. When you have a roster holding that much talent and all of them wanting beats and cameos from Dre and Eminem, it cant and couldnt happen, there is only two guys runnin that label and handling artist development, they had too much on their plates. Somethin had to give.
    Thats why they made the cuts and are starting over from scratch, and Em said he is rebuilding Shady records.Many of the artists has went on record saying they had no beef with the split, they knew there was too much goin on to keep everyone happy.Even Rakim stated that, he said he felt blessed to work with Dre and come away with a few tracks.

  • Anonymous

    Dre is big, but peoples expectations of him are bigger.He has a lot to live up too.

  • wobarch

    hmm maybe Songs like nothing but a ‘G thing or old works with N.W.A. or 213 were better to vote… :)

  • Anonymous

    does it really matter? he didnt write any of these

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