Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “The Next Episode” is both a classic hip hop track and an anthem for marijuana smokers worldwide.
“The Next Episode” is immortalized in hip hop lore partly because of its timeless beat. The beat is expertly produced, as is the case with most Dr. Dre songs.
The beat samples the first 10 seconds of Dave McCollum’s “The Edge,” although the guitar in Dr. Dre and Snoop’s track is a slightly more pronounced. The drums in the background were also altered from McCollum’s production to give “The Next Episode” a more hip hop-sounding beat.
The sinister start to “The Next Episode” is a complete juxtaposition to the rest of the track’s easygoing tempo. However, the lyrics are less mellow.
After an energetic introduction where Dr. Dre and Snoop characteristically spell out their names, Snoop talks about smoking (“Top Dogg, bite ’em all, nigga, burn the shit up”) and dealing (“Take a bullet with some dick and take this dope from this jet / Out of town, put it down for the Father of Rap”) weed in the first verse.
At the end, Snoop takes a threatening stance towards his girl, who the listener can infer is a prostitute or someone he doesn’t have much respect for. If she gets caught with weed, she shouldn’t say a thing.
Dr. Dre starts the second verse with some references to both artists’ homestate of California. He alludes to him and Snoop being stoned in the back of a Cadillac and having a fun time overall. It’s not a fantastic verse, but Dr. Dre’s main contribution to the track is the outstanding production.
“The Next Episode” ends with an solid, but unimpressive outro courtesy of Nate Dogg. The last highlight of the song comes at the very end when Nate lets out the infamous and wildly popular “Smoke weed every day.”
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