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Remember That Time Snoop Dogg Was Gangsta?
April 12, 2010, 8:48 pm
Filed under: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Unsolicited Advice

I don’t know how many of you have checked out Snoop Dogg’s latest album Malice N Wonderland (2009), but for those of you that haven’t, I’ll save you some time. It sucks. Other than the fact that he sniped the album title I had waiting in the wings just in case I ever became a female rapper (my name is Alice FYI), this album just makes me sad. Poor little Snoop just sounds bored and tired, a far cry from his early days as a straight up G repping the West Coast.

The album was so bad, in fact, that I had to listen to my vast collection of vintage Snoop for about an hour to get the bad taste out of my mouth. Immersed in classics such as Gin & JuiceWhat’s My Name and Serial Killa off his debut album Doggystyle (1993), I began to reflect on Snoop Dizzle’s career and where he’s ended up.

Discovered in 1992 by Dr. Dre right after Snoop’s release from a 3-year stint in prison for cocaine possession, his laid-back style and unparalleled flow catapulted his debut album Doggystyle to quadruple-platinum status and sealed his fate as a rap legend. Since then, he has been accused (and subsequently acquitted) of murder, released 9  additional albums and been credited with the practice of adding the suffix -izzle to just about every word in the English language.

So, he’s an accomplished guy and probably has enough money to last him and his family a couple of lifetimes. The sad part is that instead of retiring and letting his existing collection of work speak for itself, he keeps DOING things. Take his E! reality show Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, for example. I don’t know about everyone else, but I don’t want to see Snoop acting like a responsible dad much less a normal person. I prefer to think of him as the gat-toting, crip-walking G from back in the day. His BAMF persona is part of what gave his music so much appeal. Even his pre-reality-show-hoopla album Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss (2002) still has some badass flavor. In fact, one of my all-time favorite Snoop Dogg tracks “Paper’d Up” is off that album. Listen to it below.

See what I mean? Not only does Snoop Dogg sound AWAKE, but the beat is so sick that he even lets it stand alone (plus some DJ scratches and that random girl moaning in the background) for a full 20 seconds. Compare this to the popular single “Sexual Eruption” off his 2008 album Ego Trippin’.

Auto-tune much? If T-Pain or Chris Brown had released this song, I would totally love it, but it’s Snoop. I don’t want to hear you sing, Dizzle. Thankfully, Malice N Wonderland isn’t saturated with auto-tune tracks, but it’s just missing that kick that most other Snoop albums have. Even the songs that I semi-liked (“Upside Down” and “Gangsta Luv“) were so boring that I had to stop listening halfway through.

In my opinion, Snoop Dogg should either get back in touch with his old school roots or sit back and reap the benefits of his successful career. Check out Malice N Wonderland and let me know know if you agree.