Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg: The Rap Version of Mick Jagger & Keith Richards?


Interscope chairman, Jimmy Iovine, recently revealed in an interview with Steve Stoute’s The Tanning of America, how he was able to get Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on the cover of Rolling Stone back in the 1990s—the first rappers to ever appear on the mag’s cover. The music exec, convinced RS EIC, Jann Wenner, that Dre and Snoop were the rap version of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, and then he compared the group’s classic song, “Satisfaction,” to the West Coast duo’s “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang.”

While, at the time, it was definitely a stretch to even name Dre and Snoop in the same breath as the Stones (it's still hard to see how those two songs are even remotely in the same vein) , if one took a closer look at the career similarities between the two nowadays, it almost makes perfect sense. XXL explains why…

Jesse Gissen@JesseXXL



Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are looked at as the forefathers of West Coast gangsta rap as well as the hip-hop lifestyle, as are The Rolling Stones in their respective genre of music.

Drug Use


Keith Richards is the rock world’s most notorious junkie. Snoop is the rap world’s poster boy for marijuana use. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Business Acumen


Jagger has always been considered the businessman of the group, helping to build the brand of The Rolling Stones and amass millions of dollars off their music and tours. Meanwhile, Dr. Dre has filled his bank account with the greenbacks he’s earned with his Aftermath record label (home to Eminem, 50 Cent and The Game) as well as his latest venture, the uber-popular and expensive Beats by Dre headphones.



Mick Jagger was always known as the Stone to remain fit into his old age, strutting around on stage with his thin waist. Has anyone seen Dre lately? In an interview with XXL’s Dec/Jan 2011 issue, the 46-year-old superproducer said “I’ve actually had tests on my body, and the doctor said I’m 31.”



Dre and the Doggfather have been making beautiful music together for over two decades and still remain relevant, just like the Stones who have been rocking for about 30 years longer.