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Snoop Doggy Dogg [extended]

  • Doggystyle [Death Row/Interscope, 1993] Dud
  • Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told [No Limit, 1998] C+
  • Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss [Capitol/Priority, 2002] Dud
  • R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece [Doggy Style/Geffen/Star Trak, 2005] Dud
  • Tha Blue Carpet Treatment [Geffen, 2006] Choice Cuts
  • Ego Trippin' [Geffen, 2008] B-
  • Malice N Wonderland [Priority, 2009] Dud

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Doggystyle [Death Row/Interscope, 1993] Dud

Snoop Dogg: Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told [No Limit, 1998]
It would be a pleasure to dismiss Calvin Broadus's evocatively entitled No Limit debut as another piece of lowballing funk off the N.O. Bounce assembly line. But the lead "Snoop World" is the kind of track that can make an album, playing a synth-bass hook over a real bass line and under triangles and other high elements that never hint at G-funk keyb tweedle, and over the next few songs, cameos from No Limit's two best rappers, Mystikal and Mia X, clear the way for the unoriginal gangsta bull-roar of Master P and his brothers. But despite considerable input from Mystikal--whose deep-Delta bellow tenses powerfully against Snoop's honey-tongued indifference, adding moral weight to the usual professions of "ex-drug dealer" rectitude--the music soon runs down. And though Snoop is surely just a rapper now, he'd no more risk alienating his market than help a Blood's grandma across the street. Da game he's selling is sociopathic violence, and so he commits metaphorical murder, invites thugs to wave their gats in the air, cuts a biyutch improvident enough to suck his dick, and so forth. In short, he proves himself a born liar, showing all the imagination of an ATM in the process. Anyone who counts him a major artist because he can drawl and pronounce consonants at the same time should give equal time to Mariah Carey's high notes and George Winston's magic fingers. C+

Snoop Dogg: Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss [Capitol/Priority, 2002] Dud

Snoop Dogg: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece [Doggy Style/Geffen/Star Trak, 2005] Dud

Snoop Dogg: Tha Blue Carpet Treatment [Geffen, 2006]
"Get a Light" Choice Cuts

Snoop Dogg: Ego Trippin' [Geffen, 2008]
Snoopy's evolution into an E! cartoon is one of those regrettable trajectories of public taste that tricks get carried away by and hos ride for all they're worth. It's not just, as Tom Breihan observed in Pitchfork, that musically he runs a production line like Tom Petty or Alan Jackson. It's that he trivializes his own content--not the gangsta, braggadocio no one takes seriously anymore, but the pimp slime. People--there are no cute pimps. It's a contradiction in terms. Hustle & Flow I buy. But that's not Calvin Broadus' movie. His movie is a Dreamgirls where Jamie Foxx wins. So for Rolling Stone to give this four stars with long lean Barack Obama all over its cover represents a rather sickening cultural disconnect. The one great song here isn't the cyberporn hit job "Sexual Eruption" or the Prince copyright that Morris Day still owns, but the demented Johnny Cash tribute "My Medicine," not least for this Inspirational Verse: "Girl my love's gonna last just as long as I'm high/You can trust every word I tell you is a lie." B-

Snoop Dogg: Malice N Wonderland [Priority, 2009] Dud