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"The Next Episode"
Single by Dr. Dre featuring Kurupt, Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg
from the album 2001
Released 2000
Format CD5, 12"
Recorded 1999
Genre West Coast hip hop
Length 2:41
Label Aftermath/Interscope
Writer(s) Hittman
Ms. Roq
Snoop Dogg
Dr. Dre
Nate Dogg
David McCallum
Producer Dr. Dre, Mel-Man
Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg chronology
"Forgot About Dre"
"The Next Episode"
"The Wash"

"The Next Episode" is a single by Dr. Dre released in 2000 from his album 2001, which was released in 1999. It features Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, & Kurupt (the latter two uncredited). It was the third single from 2001 and peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. It sold 146,570 copies between 2001 and 2002 in the UK according to Chartfacts. This song is the second most downloaded song by Dr. Dre on iTunes.

Dre's verse was written by then Aftermath artist, Hittman. This single's title harkens back to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's classic smash hit "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" from Dre's 1992 solo debut The Chronic in which Snoop Dogg instructs listeners at the end of the chorus to, "just chill, 'til the next episode," (the line itself being a reference to the song "It's My Thang," from the EPMD album Strictly Business) which in fact did not refer to this single but its predecessor, a leftover song from 1993 originally recorded for Doggystyle, but unincluded in its final version.[1]

Originally listed on the back cover of Doggystyle as "Tha Next Episode." The original version of the song was by Snoop Dogg featuring Dr. Dre, and had a much different beat and different lyrics. The original was 4:36 long, and referred to Dr. Dre's "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" numerous times. The background of the original was later used in Warren G's 'Runnin' Wit No Breaks' on the Regulate...G Funk Era album.

The song's main sample interpolates David McCallum's "The Edge," borrowing from a brief segment at the beginning of the song, repeated in the middle of the song and in the end sequence.

The song was sampled by R&B trio City High for their 2001 hit "What Would You Do."

It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2001 for Dre and Snoop. The award, however, went to Dre and Eminem for "Forgot About Dre".

The edit released for radio and music channels was heavily edited and had many re-recorded lines.

Barry Bonds used the instrumental section before the first vocals as his plate appearance music for a period of time during the 2000s.

The song is listed at #306 on Pitchfork's greatest songs of the 2000's.


Track listing

  1. The Next Episode (LP Version)
  2. Bad Guys Always Die (feat.Eminem)
  3. The Next Episode (Instrumental)


Chart Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 23
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 11
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles 9
UK Singles Chart 3
UK R&B Chart 2
French Singles Chart 22
Irish Singles Chart 11
German Singles Chart 34
Netherlands Singles Chart 26
Swiss Singles Chart 34


  • Recorded at: Sierra Sonics, Encore Studios
  • Engineer: Richard "Segal" Huredia
  • Assistant engineer: Tom Gordon, Michelle Lynn Forbes, Dave Tenhouten
  • Background Vocals - Kurupt
  • Bass - Preston Crump
  • Guitar - Sean Cruse
  • Keyboards - Camara Kambon
  • Rap [Featuring] - Snoop Dogg, Kurupt
  • Vocals [Featuring] - Nate Dogg
  • Director - Paul Hunter
  • Writers - Ms Roq, Hittman, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg,David McCallum
  • Video cameo appearance - Xzibit, Hittman, Warren G



  1. ^ Doggystyle analysis DubCNN
    Download sample from Westcoast2K
    Cover scans from Discogs

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