“In Da Club”
The song was written by 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, and Mike Elizondo and produced by Dr. Dre with co-production credit from Elizondo. The production was originally given to the hip hop group D12, but was passed on to 50 Cent because the group didn’t know how to approach the song. 50 recorded the track with only the drum beat present. Since much of the content on Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was “dark”, he wanted to write material that was “the exact opposite”.
Co-produced by Dre, Mel-Man, and Scott Storch, one of Storch’s first major production credits. The single itself was popular, helping the album reach multi-platinum status, announcing Dre’s return to the forefront of the hip-hop scene. Always remember this song from Training Day.
“Back Down” and “Heat” were instrumentals originally composed by Dr. Dre. They were both originally intended to be used on Rakim’s debut Aftermath album, Oh My God, but due to creative differences was not released.
“Who Am I (What’s My Name?)”
Snoop’s debut single. The song, produced by Dr. Dre, features samples and interpolations from George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” in its chorus and throughout, and an interpolation from Parliament’s “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)” in its bridge. The song’s intro contains a sample from The Counts’ “Pack of Lies.” A vocal sample (“the bomb”) from Parliament’s “P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)” can be heard throughout. The bass line may be an interpretation of the one from Funkadelic’s “(Not Just) Knee Deep”. Additional vocals were contributed by LaShana Dendy, Tony Green, and Dr. Dre.
The song was released as Pac’s comeback single after his release from prison in 1995 and was his first single as a Death Row Records artist. The original version contains a sample taken from Joe Cocker’s 1972 song “Woman to Woman”. The remix version contains a sample taken from Kleeer’s 1984 song “Intimate Connection”. The chorus, “California knows how to party”, was sung by Roger Troutman using his characteristic talk box and was taken from the 1982 song “West Coast Poplock” by Ronnie Hudson & The Street People which was written by Larry Troutman and Roger Troutman. In the song where Troutman sings “shake it, shake it baby”, he interpolates the chant he used on his 1982 Zapp single, “Dance Floor”.
“Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang”
The song samples “I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You” by Leon Haywood. The vocals are shared by Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg, who has sole songwriting credit; they drop in trademark references to Long Beach and Compton, California. The song contains samples from Leon Haywood’s “I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You”, “B-Side Wins Again” by Public Enemy and “Uphill (Peace of Mind)” by Kid Dynamite.