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Snoop Dogg has hit a Creative Peak

23 Jan

Ten years ago, Snoop Dogg had teamed up with No Limit and he had risen to become a household name. During that period of time, any song released by Snoop Dogg would quickly land into the top ten. For three years of his career, Snoop enjoyed this type of success, but it would not last long. While he did score a solid hit with “Beautiful,” he did not come to dominate radio again until he signed with Geffen Records.

Even when he was scoring his, such as “Drop It Like Its Hot,” his albums were lacking. They were among the longest albums, usually between 18 and 20 tracks, but he seemed as if his heart was no longer into making music. His 2008 album, Ego Trippin’, was meant to be his response to people thinking that he was no longer taking music seriously. All on one track, he showed that he was a great lyricist and was very creative. Still, it appeared that he was lacking something.

Snoop Dogg returned in 2009 with his follow-up album, Malice n Wonderland, and he has put all of that type of talk to rest. Since he moved from the well-known Interscope label to record for the long-forgotten Capitol Records, his album sales have suffered. Most people think that the only single released from the album was his lead single, “Gangsta Luv.” But, he has released two other singles from the album, but they have yet to catch on.

Despite the lack of commercial success, with this album, it was clear that Snoop Dogg put a whole lot into making the best album he possibly could. The final result was a classic album. Like what he says on “2 Minute Warning,” he is pushing 40 years of age and he is still a big deal. Some would like to argue this, but Malice n Wonderland is probably the best album that has ever come from Snoop Dogg. From a creative standpoint, Snoop did not outreach himself like he did with Ego Trippin’.

Snoop Dogg stayed in his lane and was still able to push the creative envelope. It is evident that he has raised his lyrical ability on such tracks as “2 Minute Warning” and on such tracks as “I Wanna Rock.” He proves his point without going too far out there with it. Now, Snoop Dogg is wearing two hats, first and foremost, he is a rap artist. But, he also holds down the role of the creative chairman for Priority Records. Snoop Dogg plans to use this role to revive the West Coast hip hop scene.

Snoop Dogg to release New Album in March

21 Jan

In five years at Geffen Records, Snoop Dogg had become the top rap artist on the label. Despite his status, his 2008 album, Ego Trippin’, was not promoted by the label. Because of a lack of promotion, the album did not sell very well. Late in 2008, Snoop announced that he was leaving Geffen.

Throughout his career, Snoop Dogg has either recorded for EMI or UMG. The best run that he had in his career came in the late 1990s while he recorded for Priority Records, a subsidiary of EMI. In the fall of 2009, Snoop Dogg was offered the role of Creative Chairman of his former label. While his role is called Creative Chariman, he practically runs the label.

Under the terms of the deal, Snoop Dogg would release all of his future albums on Priority Records. Along with his releases, Doggystyle Records would switch from distribution from Geffen to Priority. The first product from this marriage was Snoop’s tenth album, Malice ‘n’ Wonderland. In the time since the release of the album, it has been hailed as one of the best albums from The Doggfather.

The album has become so popular amongst fans, there has been demand for more music from Snoop Dogg. He has plans of signing more acts to Priority and getting their music out. However, the job of Snoop Dogg is to make money for the label. It does not matter who is releasing music as long as it is selling. As it currently stands, the only marketable artist on the label happens to be Snoop Dogg.

Due to his marketability and the demand for new music, Snoop Dogg has decided to deliver another album this year. In an attempt to capitalize off of his recent classic, this new release will be titled More Malice: Deluxe. Not only will he deliver another album, but also a mini-movie to go along with it. This album will feature five new tracks, five remixes, and two songs from the previous album.

Snoop Dogg has set the release date for March 23, 2010 on Doggystyle Records, Priority Records, and Capitol Records. This release date is also when Game finally releases The R.E.D. Album and when Memphis Bleek will be releasing The Process. Initially, Game was going to release his album on the same day that the first Malice came out. Among the collaborators for the new Malice will be Jamie Foxx.

Album Review: Snoop Dogg’s “Malice n Wonderland”

13 Dec

Many rappers hope to reach this mark, but few ever do. Plenty of emcees call themselves veterans, but they never cross this mark. Snoop Dogg has, he finally reached the tenth album of his career.

This album is special because he returned to EMI Music to release this album. At the peak of his post-Death Row career, Snoop Dogg recorded for EMI. However, he wanted to work with the top producers, so he left for Geffen Records.

Now that it is clear that he can roll with the best, Snoop Dogg is back where he belongs. Late last year, he left Geffen to sign a deal with MTV. Obviously, that deal fell apart as he ended up signing a deal to take an executive position at Priority Records. For a few years that label has been defunct.

Snoop was thrilled to have the opportunity to help revive the label. Not only will he be releasing the first new music, but he will also sign new artists. While he has not gotten to the signing new artists part, Snoop has been able to release new music from the label. The first thing heard from Priority Records in over five years was Snoop Dogg’s own “Gangsta Luv.”

Unlike his other albums, Malice n Wonderland is relatively short. Already, he has released three other singles from the album. Aside from the collaboration with The-Dream on “Gangsta Luv,” Snoop Dogg has recorded with Soulja Boy, Lil Jon, Jazmine Sullivan, Nipsey Hussle, Problem, Kokane, R. Kelly, Brandy, and Pharrell.

This album will be notable for returning Brandy and Lil Jon back to the public eye. Last year, Brandy released an album to critical-acclaim, but that did little to rebuild her fan base. Ever since 2006 and the “Hip Hop Is Dead movement,” Lil Jon has been out of the public eye. He was one of the main ones blamed for the decline of hip hop music.

With Snoop Dogg, these artists and more are back. On the production side, Snoop has worked with Scoop DeVille, Dr. Dre, Terrace Martin, Lil Jon, Teddy Riley, PMG, The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, B-Don, Super Ced, Danja, Timbaland, Jason Martin, Battlecat, Nottz, The Neptunes, and J.R. Rotem.

Track listing:

  1. “Intro”
  2. “I Wanna Rock”
  3. “2 Minute Warning”
  4. “1800” featuring Lil Jon
  5. “Different Languages” featuring Jazmine Sullivan
  6. “Gangsta Luv” featuring The-Dream
  7. “Pronto” featuring Soulja Boy
  8. “That’s tha Homie”
  9. “Upside Down” featuring Nipsey Hussle and Problem
  10. “Secrets” featuring Kokane
  11. “Pimpin Ain’t EZ” featuring R. Kelly
  12. “Luv Drunk” featuring The-Dream
  13. “Special” featuring Brandy and Pharrell
  14. “Outro”
  15. “Bootiez Automatic (iTunes Bonus)

Unlike most other Snoop Dogg albums, Malice n Wonderland is relatively short. Most of his albums take an entire day to listen to, while this one is only long enough for a ride or two across town. Because of this, the album is much easier to listen to and it will not be rushed through by the listeners.

Right out of the gate, Snoop goes in on the hard-hitting “I Wanna Rock.” This song seemingly sets the tone for the rest of the album. He continues with the hardcore music on the next track and his Lil Jon collaboration will be one of the early high points of the album.

For the ladies, Snoop Dogg slows things down to talk about relationships with Jazmine Sullivan, then he goes right into “Gangsta Luv.” After one more slow song, the music speeds back up, right into his Timbaland-produced track, “That’s tha Homie.” It is something that Snoop has never tried before that came out right.

“Upside Down” and “Problems” are two slip-ups, but his reunion with R. Kelly for “Pimpin Ain’t EZ” almost make up for those slips. Continuing his rhymes of seduction, The Doggfather re-teamed with The-Dream for “Luv Drunk.” Also, for the first time in his career, Snoop Dogg worked with his cousin, Brandy.

Brandy and Pharrell assist Snoop on “Special,” another slow track on the album. It sets things up perfectly for the album’s outro. Out of all of Snoop Dogg’s albums, Malice n Wonderland will stick out. He removes himself from the stagnation that he showed on his last two albums.

With this album, it is clear that he has grown as an artist. On his last two albums, he seemed bored with the game. During the promotion of last year’s Ego Trippin, he admitted to being bored with the music. Over the past year and a half, Snoop Dogg has shown a rededication that is displayed all over this album.

Overall, Malice n Wonderland is a great listen that will not take all day to be heard in its entirety. From Hip Hop Vibe, the album will receive a 7 out of 10 ranking.

The album was released on December 8, 2009 on Doggystyle Records and Priority Records through EMI Music.

Snoop Dogg – Malice n Wonderland (7/10)

Snoop Dogg talks Gang Relations and New Album

26 Nov

It has been long established that Snoop Dogg is gang-affiliated. As long as he has been in the game, he has let it be known that he is a Crip. Despite his gang affiliation, Snoop has been a longtime symbol for peace in hip hop. Many people do not know this, but he was a key factor in ending the feud between Murder Inc. and Shady/Aftermath.

Snoop Dogg is openly a Crip and he constantly displays this in his records, but he is also very good friends with Blood rapper, Game. He says it is simply the fact that he has so much clout in the streets and respect from everyone that he is allowed to do this. Snoop is not the only rapper to ever claim to be in a gang.

For the past few years, more and more rappers and black teens, alike, have been claiming gang affiliations. To all of these people, Snoop Dogg has sent a fair warning, do not come to California. He said that these rappers from other places, claiming to be Crips, have gotten into trouble when they had to face the real Crips and the same for those claiming to be Bloods.

Snoop Dogg said that any rapper that comes out to California has to first call him up so that he can secure things for them. He said that some rappers have come out to L.A. in the past without reaching out to him and they ran into trouble. Snoop said that the respect that these people of the streets have for him makes them not bother anyone that he is cool with.

While anyone coming into L.A. has to reach out to him, he said that there are certain people that he reaches out to before he goes places. He said that if he has plans of coming to New York, he first calls certain people to see if it is cool for him to come. If they say “it’s cool,” he comes, if not, he stays in his place.

Snoop Dogg later went on to talk about his new album, Malice n Wonderland. He said that he is confident that the album will be a classic. Snoop said that he completed the album, already, and he is now waiting to release it. In addition to discussing the new album, he promised it in stores on December 8, 2009 on Doggystyle Records, Priority Records, and Capitol Records.

Album Preview: Snoop Dogg’s “Malice n Wonderland”

24 Nov

It has been sixteen years since Snoop Dogg released his debut album, Doggystyle, on Death Row Records. Since that time, there have been many highs and lows in the career of Snoop Dogg. He moved over to No Limit Records and became rap’s biggest star for a little while.

Those times are definitely in the past because Snoop Dogg has barely been able to make a dent, sales-wise, on his recent releases. He has been able to come out with strong singles, in the past, but he hardly ever tops gold on any of his releases. With this new album, Snoop Dogg hopes to achieve all of this.

His first single, “Gangsta Luv,” featuring The-Dream, is something completely out of Snoop Dogg’s element. Never before had he done a song like this and with such a contrasting style. In many ways, this song was an experiment. Not all experiments turn out to be successful, but this one did. This song also set the stage for the entire album.

  1. “Intro”
  2. “I Wanna Rock”
  3. “2 Minute Warning”
  4. “1800” featuring Lil Jon
  5. “Different Languages” featuring Jazmine Sullivan
  6. “Gangsta Luv” featuring The-Dream
  7. “Pronto” featuring Soulja Boy
  8. “That’s That Homie”
  9. “Upside Down” featuring Problem and Nipsey Hussle
  10. “Secrets” featuring Kokane
  11. “Pimpin Ain’t EZ” featuring R. Kelly
  12. “Luv Drunk” featuring The-Dream
  13. “Special” featuring Brandy and Pharrell
  14. “Outro”

The album has a great lineup of guests and Snoop Dogg seems more and more willing to try new things. In the past, Snoop has been very critical of music from the likes of Soulja Boy. However, new generation hip hop fans feel that Snoop should not knock it until he tries it. Now, Snoop Dogg has tried it and it works out well in “Pronto.”

Like every other Snoop Dogg album, the production is on-point. There is not a moment on the album where the production slips. On such tracks as “Different Languages,” the Doggfather does his best to explain relationship issues. He also brings the vintage Snoop with such tracks as “Upside Down” and “That’s That Homie.”

In an attempt to strike lightning twice, Snoop Dogg has reunited with R. Kelly for a sequel, of sorts, to their 2006 hit, “That’s That Shit,” with “Pimpin Ain’t EZ.” If the album stays the way that it is now, it has the makings to be one of the best in Snoop’s career. Unlike his past releases, this album is rather short and easier to listen to on a quick ride around town.

This new album, Malice n Wonderland, is expected to be released on December 8, 2009 on Doggystyle Records and Priority Records.