Snoop Dogg - Doggumentary Review
Posted by Bill Wannop on 03.29.2011
Snoop Dogg has returned with his latest album, The Doggumentary! Does it represent the best of Snoop all rolled into one or should this dog be put to sleep? 411's Bill Wannop checks in with his full review!
Snoop Dogg is not only one of the most well-known rappers in the world but is pretty much a pop culture icon. He has released over 10 albums with his first release coming in 1993 in the form of the classic album, Doggystyle. With this his 11th album, Snoop originally stated that this disc would be titled Doggystlye 2 and would be the sequel to the classic gangsta album that he released almost 20 years earlier. Upon completion of the album, Snoop decided to change the title from Doggystyle 2 to Doggumentary as he felt that this title represented a better representation of the album which somewhat musically explains all areas of his life. Does the album represent the best areas of Snoop Dogg all rolled into one or should this dog be put to sleep?
1. "Toyz N Da Hood" (featuring Bootsy Collins)
2. "The Way Life Used to Be"
3. "My Own Way" (featuring Mr. Porter)
4. "Wonder What It Do" (featuring Uncle Chucc)
5. "My Fuckin' House" (featuring Young Jeezy & E-40)
6. "Peer Pressure" (featuring Traci Nelson)
7. "I Don't Need No Bitch" (featuring Devin the Dude & Kobe)
8. "Platinum" (featuring R. Kelly)
9. "Boom" (featuring T-Pain)
10. "We Rest N Cali" (featuring Goldie Loc & Bootsy Collins)
11. "El Lay" (featuring Marty James)
12. "Gangbang Rookie" (featuring Pilot)
13. "This Weed Iz Mine" (featuring Wiz Khalifa)
15. "Take U Home" (featuring Too Short, Kokane & Daz Dillinger)
16. "Sumthing' Like this Night" (featuring Gorillaz)
17. "Superman" (featuring Willie Nelson)
18. "Eyez Closed" (featuring Kanye West & John Legend)
19. "Raised In da Hood"
20. "It's D Only Thang"
21. "Cold Game" (featuring LaToiya Williams)
The album starts with a somewhat funky introduction with Bootsy Collins setting up the whole album in in a flat way, in that it really adds nothing and goes on for far too long without accomplishing anything. The album starts very slowly with the first couple tracks being average but not really giving the listener anything spectacular. “The Way Life Used To Be” has Snoop giving flashbacks of his life in the past, with “My Own Way” telling how Snoop broke out from the pack are prime examples of how these tracks, while they are not bad, are not really going to be remembered by Snoop Dogg fans.
The album finally begins to hit its stride with “My Fuckin House” which has a hard, high energy beat produced by Rick Rock and features some great flows from Snoop and E40. At the end of this track there is even a strange anti-drug message aimed towards kids (which is strange since Snoop is an avid weed smoker). From here we get a plethora of could be singles starting with “Peer Pressure” which sounds familiar to tracks from the 213 album. “Platnium” has been getting some radio play and features some hard hitting bass with Snoop providing some quick gangsta flows as R-Kelly sings out the hook, but the best track of the bunch has to be “Boom” which features T-Pain. The track is produced by Scott Storch, who utilizes the Yazoo’s classic “Situation” sample and has some pounding bass. Snoop again rides the beat perfectly and T-Pain provides some of the best hook work he has in a while singing ‘Baby I’m a dog beware/I do whatever, however I want/oh ya, put your hands in the air/ Whip ya hair/and go la la la la/ Boom Schakalacka/’.
Once we exit that little of good tracks we move into mostly average cuts for the rest of the album. “We Rest in Cali” is a boring track which feels like filler, while “Gangbang Rookie” sounds more like a throwback to Doggystyle and has Snoop dropping some great flows, ‘Cus if there a problem, I pull the problem solver/ Call it 38 revolver/ Put an end to all this drama/Top dollar/With the gold flea collar/Get them euros, get them dollars, get them zeros, get them commas/It’s time to get this change, guess I’m like Obama/But I’m going to stay the same on my mutha fuckin momma’.
Snoop always loves to experiment with his sounds and this album is no difference with tracks like “Wet” which was made for Prince Williams bachelor party and has Snoop in full auto tune mode, as well as “Superman” which features Willie Nelson in a country type song, just do not work. However songs like “Something Like This Night” featuring the Gorillaz has a futuristic beat results in a good freshing track, as does “Eyez Closed” with its hard guitar laced track produced by Kanye West has Snoop meshing very well with the beat. Another issue is that the album is somewhat guest heavy, but the guest selection leaves a lot to be desired, with Snoop going more for the popular guests then for the artists who fit Snoop’s style the best (the one track with Kokane and Daz, just doesn’t seem to flow which is disappointing, as does the track with Wiz Khalifa).
After finishing all 21 tracks, the album is somewhat inconsistent which is fitting as Snoop tries to take us through his career, which has had its shares of ups and downs. Snoop drops a lot of mediocre tracks but also provides some great bangers in the form of “Boom” and “Gangbang Rookie”. He also experiments with his sounds which sometimes works and sometimes is disastrous. It is a good thing that Snoop changed the title from Doggystyle 2, as fans of the original would have been disappointed, with this album being less gangsta and more G-funk/pop friendly. The album works for what it is and that is a toned down, more mass marketable Snoop Dogg, so the majority of his fans will likely still be waiting for the day when he finally returns to that original, more gangsta doggy-style of rapping.
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The 411: Snoop Dogg set out to create an album documenting his career, and he did just that. The album is inconsistent but has its fair share of good tracks. While not as good as some of his early works, it is his best recent release and fans will surely be able to find enough substance on the album to keep them satisfied.