Snoop and Pharrell on Stage 1 for ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’

TBT to Snoop and Pharrell reppin’ on Stage 1 for ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ in 2004.

The song was a sleeper hit, and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from December 11, 2004, making it Snoop Dogg’s first number one on the chart. It was also his second Top 10 as a solo artist since 1994’s “Gin and Juice” (“Beautiful” was the other). The song also gave him his first number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

With that, the song ended up appearing on the 2005 compilation album Now That’s What I Call Music! 18. It also peaked at number one for four consecutive weeks in New Zealand, and number ten in the UK Singles Chart. It gained some critical attention for its minimal, extremely sparse production, consisting of tongue clicks, keyboards, a drum machine beat and white noise.

It was nominated at the Grammy Awards of 2005 for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, though it lost both awards to the songs “Jesus Walks” and “Let’s Get It Started“, respectively. The single was Pharrell’s biggest hit worldwide, until 2013’s “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines” (his highest peaking single as lead artist is “Happy“).

On December 11, 2009, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” was named the most popular “Rap Song” of the decade by Billboard.