Musical Playlist 25: Beats By Dre


Dr. Dre is one of my favorite musical producers. I’ve been a fan of his work from his NWA days and especially after he went solo and formed first, the legendary Death Row Records and later, the Aftermath Records.

Over the years, his body of work and the music that he’s created alongside other legends (many of whom, he found and helped create) include Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and the Game. What I found most impressive about his work is the evolution and progress he’s made as a musician. Dr. Dre literally creates musical eras within his body of work. His production and sonic engineering skills ensure that his work is better than before and never really sounds the same. And it’s quite simply what makes him a legend.

Now that he’s moved on to the next phase of his career and his life, founding Beats by Dre with business partner, Jimmy Iovine, and then selling it to Apple for billions of dollars—-it isn’t often that we hear new music from Dr. Dre.

When he came out with his latest album, Compton, to celebrate the movie, Straight Outta Compton, I was mesmerized by it. Mixing blues and funk and even doo-wop into hip hop created a blend of music that I don’t think anyone can mimic and was hard to comprehend for many. But for those of us who really love and study music, it was perfect. Hopefully, Dr. Dre blesses us with more classics. I read somewhere that he’s retiring. How could he? Like Jay-Z, the game needs him.

This musical playlist features some of my favorite songs performed or produced by Dr. Dre. And there are many!

  1. Dr. Dre-Deep Cover

  2. Dr. Dre-Let Me Ride

  3. Dr. Dre-Nuthin’ But A G Thang

  4. Dr. Dre-Kush

  5. Dr. Dre-The Next Episode

  6. Dr. Dre-Housewife

  7. Dr. Dre-XXXplosive

  8. Dr. Dre-Keep Their Heads Ringin’

  9. Dr. Dre-What’s The Difference?

  10. Dr. Dre-Still D.R.E.

  11. Snoop Dogg-What’s My Name

  12. Snoop Dogg-Doggy Dogg World

  13. Snoop Dogg-Gin & Juice

  14. Snoop Dogg-Lay Low

  15. Snoop Dogg-B-Please

  16. Snoop Dogg-Murder Was The Case

  17. 2Pac-California Love

  18. 2Pac-California Love (Remix)

  19. 2Pac-Can’t C Me

  20. Blackstreet-No Diggity

  21. NWA-Express Yourself

  22. NWA-We Want Eazy

  23. Dr. Dre & Ice Cube-Natural Born Killers

  24. Dr. Dre & Knoc’turnal-Bad Intentions

  25. Eminem-Guilty Conscience

  26. Eminem-The Real Slim Shady

  27. Eminem-B-Please II

  28. Eminem-3 AM

  29. Eminem-We Made You

  30. Eve-Satisfaction

  31. Mary J. Blige-Family Affair

  32. Alicia Keys-A New Day

  33. 50 Cent-A New Day (Remix)

  34. 50 Cent-Outta Control (Remix)

Here’s to more beats by Dr. Dre.