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Though hip-hop devotees celebrated Snoop Dogg’s escape from the often creatively stultifying fold of No Limit records, Snoop’s first Master P free release, the sprawling and unfocussed Paid da Cost to be da Bo$$ was hardly the bracing comeback that Snoop fans were looking for. Though Snoop would not succeed in fully rediscovering his drum-tight cadences and effortless drawl until 2006’s The Blue Carpet Treatment, 2005’s Rhythm & Gangsta was a big step in the right direction.The best tracks handily beat anything that Snoop had put out since Tha Doggfather. As the title indicates, Rhythm & Gangsta is built around the shaky conceit that, having proven his mastery of the rap game, Snoop has set out to reinvent himself as a soulful crooner. When listening to Rhythm & Gangsta its best to ignore this notion entirely and skip past the snooze inducing R&B workouts that clutter the record to the surefire bangers. The skeletal clicks and whistles of the phenomenal “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and the vintage G-Funk of “Da Bidness” sport exceptionally tight rhymes from Snoop and production that hearkens back to Snoop’s glory days while remaining compellingly progressive.

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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Doggy Dog Back Up In Here With His Best Album Ever. His Big Hit That Turned To Gold Like Everthing Else Of Course Its The Boss Dog. Drop It Like Its Hot. The Tunes To Turn You Out Of Here. Buy This Album Its The Shazala

It dropped, and it was hot.

I can't say that this album is Snoop's masterpiece. (That title still goes to Doggystyle.) However, Snoop does it just about right on R&G, going from smoother tracks (Drop It Like It's Hot, Snoop D.O. Double G) to classic chill (Let's Get Blown) to loud, raucous party music (Step Yo Game Up). "Can You Control Yo Hoe" does max out the misogyny meter, but it's so buried in the album that it's quite easy to barely even notice its message. Overall, it's worth a ten-spot.

this one of the best albums of the year

Snoop has many uptempo songs like drop it like it's hot, signs, and step your game up. But also has some slower songs like perfect, and let's get blown. Together the combination turned out great for him and should be nominated for a grammy in my opinion.


Born: October 20, 1972 in Long Beach, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

As the embodiment of '90s gangsta rap, Snoop Dogg blurred the lines between reality and fiction. Introduced to the world through Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Snoop quickly became the most famous star in rap, partially because of his drawled, laconic rhyming and partially because the violence that his lyrics implied seemed real, especially after he was arrested on charges of being a murder accomplice. The arrest certainly strengthened his myth, and it helped his debut album, 1993's Doggystyle, become the...
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