Luckily, the right troops are in place to sustain this fortified funk fantasy. Singer Kokane, who croaks out many of Tha Last Meal's most memorable hooks, is central to the shtick -- with his who's-the-mack presence and rusty funk moans, he sounds like he stepped directly off George Clinton's mothership and into the studio. And though Snoop is still technically a No Limit soldier, he avoids the label's Beats by the Pound production squad and leaves the behind-the-board duties to such hitmakers as Dre, Timbaland, Battlecat and Scott Storch, who strike neck-snap gold time and again.
Standout tracks include the Timbaland-crafted "Set It Off," a breathy, bouncing posse cut with jolting squeals and ready-for-lift-off energy. "Lay Low" is a classic Dre thumper that incorporates an answering-machine beep and Nate Dogg's bass bellow to maximum effect. Snoop's chronic-marinated flow, all menthol-cool and deadpan droop, sounds as smooth as ever.
Tha Last Meal isn't devoid of disappointments. There's a good fifteen minutes of unremarkable "Crip-hop" filler here, and "Back Up Off Me," the lone bow to No Limit's raucous Dirty South sound, is an awkward inclusion. The retro posturing wears thin at points, too. When referencing Blacula and toying with a Snoopy Collins alter ego, Snoop seems more like a pimpadelic caricature than the charismatic funk fanatic that he is. (RS 860)
(Posted: Jan 18, 2001)
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- Hennesey N Buddah - (featuring Kokane)
- Snoop Dogg (What's My Name Part 2)
- True Lies - (featuring Kokane)
- Wrong Idea - (featuring Bad Azz/Kokane/Lil HD)
- Go Away - (featuring Kokane)
- Set It Off - (featuring MC Ren/The Lady Of Rage/Nate Dogg/Ice Cube)
- Stacey Adams - (featuring Kokane)
- Lay Low - (featuring Master P/Nate Dogg/Butch Cassidy/The Eastsidaz)
- Bring It On - (featuring Suga Free/Kokane)
- Game Court - (skit) (featuring Mac Minista)
- Brake Fluid (Bitches Pump Yo Brakes) - (featuring Kokane)