Snoop’s Discography Reconsidered…
Ya know, if one can just get past the twin facts that Snoop hasn’t rapped over enough Dr. Dre tracks post-Doggystyle (given the chemistry they’ve always had, this fact is a fucking tragedy) and Snoop’s abandonment of the rapid-fire flow he had on his debut, then his discography is actually pretty solid.
This is probably an issue for a more detailed post, but I generally ignored every Snoop album in between Doggystyle and Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss. Basically, it took him hooking up with the Neptunes for me to start paying attention again and I’ve like most of his albums since. In fact, I bought most of them (that streak ended with Ego Trippin). Outside of the singles and assorted collaborations with Timbaland, I used to pretend that Snoop basically stopped rapping in 1996 and returned in 2002. Silly - I know.
[Ugh - The cover alone is fucking tragic, but…]
[…this set was pretty solid. Actually kinda great.]
However, a twitter debate/discussion with the homie JihaD led me to reexamine those ignored albums and while I didn’t experience an epiphany of any sort, I can admit that Snoop’s output in that era wasn’t as awful as I remembered. Tha Doggfather (such a disappointment after the genius of Doggystyle) and Da Game Is To Be Sold Not Told (a total mismatch of styles - this shit is a disaster) are still pretty weak, but No Limit Topp Dogg and Tha Last Meal are very solid albums. There’s maybe one or two really shitty songs between those last two albums on No Limit Records and he’s always had at least two solid singles to anchor each project. Not bad at all.
[Did you know that this has not one, but TWO DJ Premier beats on it?]
All the albums after Paid Tha Cost… are essentially variations on the same theme with a different producer and/or trend helming the big single. But on average, they’ve all been pretty solid - if a bit unfocused.
Yay for Uncle Snoop then…