Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg Hits their First Billion-View Video After Performing Super Bowl Halftime Show
The original "Still D.R.E." video first appeared on YouTube in 2011.
The week is full of celebrations for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Along with the rave reviews, both hip-hop legends also scored their first-ever billion-view video on YouTube after their all-star Super Bowl 2022 Halftime Show.
Inglewood, Calif., during the halftime of a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and this year's champs, the Los Angeles Rams, the official video for the duo's 1999 song "Still D.R.E." from Dre's second solo album, 2001, saw record sales across all formats when it was played at SoFi Stadium during the halftime showdown between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams. Video for either man directed by Hype Williams has reached the 10-figure mark on YouTube for the first time.
Though uploaded to YouTube in October 2011, the video - which was shot as the dynamic rap duo bounced along the streets of Los Angeles - stands as a hermetically sealed time capsule of one of Dre's best-known songs. Slim Shady, Xzibit, Funkmaster Flex, and Warren G make brief appearances in their lowrider and at the giant party scene.
The Feb. 13 halftime show featured Dre and Snoop opening with "The Next Episode" and a Tupac Shakur tribute ("California Love"), followed by a surprise appearance from 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar's "Alright," Eminem's "Lose Yourself," and a finale with Dre at the piano with Snoop along for "Still D.R.E.".
Even though the song peaked at No. 93 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released, it has since become one of Dre's most beloved songs. In 2001, Training Day was adapted into a Denzel Washington/Ethan Hawke film - in which Dre and Snoop appeared in memorable cameos - and in the video game Grand Theft Auto V.
You can watch the video for "Still D.R.E." above.