Snoop's eighth LP doesn't do much to break the trend. The production is pretty hot, with high-def beats that range from tricked-out funk (Dr. Dre's "Boss's Life") to dark, tense bounce (the excellent Neptunes-produced "Vato"). The radio-friendly ups -- the R. Kelly feature "That's That Shit" -- balance out brawny head-nodders like "Gangbangn 101." Snoop sounds great dropping streams of consonants on "Think About It," and few rappers could make a minimalist "Drop It Like It's Hot"-style cut like "Candy (Drippin' Like Water)" sound so singular.
But much of the time, Snoop's on autopilot. He can command thick details about kids trapped in gangbanging and the rap game, but he's still short on imagination, and he's still pretending to live the life on lame gangsta anthems like "10 Lil' Crips": "It's all similar to gettin' laid/On your back when the motherfuckin' K sprays." "A Bitch I Knew" is Snoop at his uncleverest: "We fucked in a car, behind a bar/I shot in her face and it went far." Maybe it's the weed, maybe he's too busy cooking up more Doggy Fizzle Televizzle. But Snoop needs to follow his own advice: Step yo' game up.
(Posted: Nov 27, 2006)
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Intrology (featuring George Clinton) (track not available in Rhapsody)
Think About It (track not available in Rhapsody)
- Crazy (featuring Nate Dogg)
- Vato (featuring B Real)
That's That Shit (featuring R. Kelly) (track not available in Rhapsody)
Candy (Drippin' Like Water) (featuring E-40, MC Eiht, Goldie Loc, Daz and Kurupt) (track not available in Rhapsody)
- Get A Light (featuring Damian Marley)
- Gangbangin' 101 (featuring the Game)
Boss' Life (featuring Akon) (track not available in Rhapsody)
LAX (featuring Ice Cube) (track not available in Rhapsody)
- 10 Lil' Crips
Round Here (track not available in Rhapsody)
- A Bitch I Knew
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6 of 10 found this comment useful ( 60% )
Aww...we still love uncle Snoop! That's that shit!!
Dec 28, 2006 01:25:36