What My Name Is”
(often referred to as “What’s My Name?”) is Snoop Doggy Dogg’s first solo single.
It was released on October 10, 1993, by the record companies Death Row Records, Interscope Records, and Atlantic Records as the lead single off his debut album, Doggystyle.
On NME’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” it came in at number 456.
The Dr. Dre-produced song incorporates samples and interpolations from George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” throughout, the bass line from Funkadelic’s (Not Just) Knee Deep, and a bridge interpolation from Parliament’s “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker).
The Counts’ “Pack of Lies” is sampled at the song’s opening.
The entire song features a vocal sample (“the bomb”) from Parliament’s “P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up).”
Fear of a Black Hat, directed by Rusty Cundieff, spoofed the song and music video (1993).
The song was utilized in a MoneySupermarket commercial that aired in the UK in 2014 and included Snoop Dogg.