by Dan Gibson
This might only be of interest to me, since I remembered distinctly the first time I saw the “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” video on UHF music video channel The Box, but Ego Trip has a two part interview with Dwight Patillo, the man behind nearly all of the Death Row videography, starting with the classic Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg team up from The Chronic:
You mentioned how they doused the girl with the beer. What was the inspiration for that?
Dwight Patillo: Um, that… I think that was actually dumbed down from something much worse. I can’t remember what it was, but I think we had to fight for her just to get doused with beer. But see, a lot of [those sort of suggestions] weren’t [from] Dr. Dre. A lot of this came from Death Row itself. Suge [Knight] would have a way of giving you the subtle suggestion, and you’d take your cues from there, basically.
[At the same time] we wanted the ghetto essence to come across. And I think Dre was more of a proponent of that [general tone], because he didn’t want the snooty stuck up people around. He was trying to keep it real and keep it true to the hood. And, “This is how we do people like that in the hood” basically was the message of that [scene].
Same with the fridge full of 40 oz’s?
Dwight Patillo: That was in the basement of a house. And we were trying to figure out what would make it as excessive as it could be and still keep it ghetto. It looked really hot once we got it together. It actually took like 13 takes to get that shot. D.O.C. caught a little hell for that because of how many takes it took for him to do it.