Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle. A classic West Coast album right here. Released in late 1993, track for track it is more of a solid album than Dre Dre’s, The Chronic. Snoop’s flow and delivery and the introduction and the inception of the G-funk era was monumental and paved the way for other west coast artists such as Warren G, Nate Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound. It has cuts that were all familiar with that include: Gin and Juice, Murder Was The Case, Who Am I, Ain’t No Fun and Doggy Dogg World. The popularity of gansta rap became rampant in the early 90’s following the release of The Chronic and Doggystyle. The two records solidified Deathrow records as a powerhouse record label on the west coast.
Snoop who’s real name is Calvin Broadus was heavily criticized for his lyrics which paint pictures of dealing drugs, gangbanging and pimping. Snoop painted a picture of what it was like growing up and surviving in Long Beach or what he refers to as the LBC. Even though Doggystyle had been criticized it was also critically acclaimed as Snoop had a melodic flow that matched perfectly to Dr. Dre’s heavy bass inspired funk sampled beats. Doggystyle celebrated commercial success as it’s first week numbers totaled in over 800,000. As of 2015, Doggystyle, Snoop’s first album has sold over 11 million records worldwide.
Snoop is one of my favorite rappers to date. He has transformed his sound from being a gangster to being a pimp, lol. He has lasted the test of time and has celebrated success long after the DeathRow era came to an end. He has released over 10 full length albums 6 of which reaching a number 1 position on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums on Billboard. Snoop has worked with and created mega hits with Pharrell and has proved that he’s not a one hit wonder.
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