Doggystyle by Snoop Dogg (1993)

28Jun11

Artist: Snoop Dogg
Album: Doggystyle
Year: 1993
Genre: rap/hip hop

Mood: house party

You’ll like this if you like: Dr Dre production, vulgar humor, rap that isn’t pointless

Best Tracks: ‘Tha Shiznit’, ‘Gz and Hustlas’, ‘Ain’t No Fun’, ‘Gin and Juice’

Why Should You Care?
No discussion of rap’s best albums of all time would be complete without Doggystyle. It probably isn’t actually at or near the top of the list, but it’s in the discussion. Most new artists don’t get the kind of head start that Snoop enjoyed for Doggystyle, having just crushed it on half of Dr Dre’s The Chronic. Snoop seized the opportunity, and in one album became more of a star than his mentor. That’s not to say that Dre is a slouch, because his production and management have been critical to Snoop’s success. But upon the release of Doggystyle, Death Row Records had a new face among young rap fans.

Doggystyle is fun as hell, but still has enough serious stuff going on to legitimize the record for rap critics. That’s sorta the charm of this masterpiece…remember that, at the time, we didn’t really know Snoop’s personality yet. We were still learning about his unmistakable combo of skills and personality. For example, you won’t hear anyone dissecting ‘Who Am I (What’s My Name)?’ for lyrical mastery or anything, but that track sold a lot of records! Snoop reminded me a lot of Slick Rick in that sense…not that the two are similar in style (they aren’t), but they had the swagger to rap with a smirk on their face. Speaking of Slick Rick, Snoop borrowed ‘Lodi Dodi’ and removed the pace, transforming Rick’s beat-box driven track into the album’s chilled out backbone. This track and ‘Doggy Dogg World’ are exactly what fans were looking for, so Snoop delivered. But for me, those aren’t the highlights.

I keep coming back to ‘Gz and Hustlas’, even though it’s buried late and got no airplay. Snoop really let loose…it’s not quite as negative as ‘Serial Killa’ and ‘Murder Was the Case’, but it’s just as firm. Need a song to get you ready to kick someone’s ass? ‘Pump Pump’ will do the trick. But none of those serious songs matter if you’re turning on Doggystyle at a party. Skip straight to the hits, the interludes (‘W Balls’ with DJ Sol T. Nutz and DJ E.Z. Dick) and you can’t forget ‘Ain’t No Fun’. There’s enough material on Doggystyle for me to write 20 more paragraphs, but I won’t. Just listen to it, buy it, and memorize it. Everyone else already has!

music turtle recommends: THIS IS FOR MY G’z!

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One Response to “Doggystyle by Snoop Dogg (1993)”

  1. 1 Music Turtle Hate On mE!

    been. had. that.


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