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…”