Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Doggystyle: 20 Years later

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Funny how time flies! After Dre dropped the groundbreaking album titled The Chronic which rejuvenated Dre’s career. The Chronic was also a launching pad for other west coast prospects. Most notably Calvin Bradous aka Snoop Doggy Dogg. Snoop’s cool, calm and charismatic flow throughout made him instant super star potential. Snoop’s album titled Doggystyle became possibly the most anticipated album in hip hop history at that time period. The hype machine behind it was unbelievable and you knew with Dr Dre producing every track on there, We the fans were in for something special.

The creative progression behind The album took longer than expected because Snoop, Dre and many others would spend the nights just recording and wilding out every night. The whole environment was more-so like a party atmosphere than a line of work which made them miss several deadlines.


I also remember the hype being surrounded around this album,. Similar to how 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin in 2003, Snoop had everybody awaiting for this release. Especially after hearing songs such as Deep Cover, and his appearances off the Chronic along with some of the Death Row B sides. What also made Snoop a household name was that during this time period, He was facing a murder wrap which added more to his persona of being a “real gangster” who raps what he lives. It was also the album titled that indicated a sexual position. The title Doggystyle drove protesters and women right groups to a frenzy as they demanded boycott for the album and all Death Row related products.

This only built a larger anticipation for Snoop’s debut as on November 23rd after almost a year worth of waiting was finally released and the fans ate it up. The album went close to platinum within the first week and made Snoop Doggy Dogg a mega star in music over night.

Well after a year of waiting for Doggystyle to FINALLY drop, It’s obvious that it was worth the wait, Dr Dre’s style of funked out production fitted perfectly with Snoop’s laid back style, Snoop sounds like he’s ready to sound off in beast mode on Tracks like Gz and Hustlas, Tha Shiznit, and Pump Pump. Snoop can be a pretty dope emcee when he wants too and one of the few rappers that can REALLY freestyle. He’s never been a complex-able type like that of Kool G Rap but Snoop found the right recipe to appeal to both the streets and the masses which is why he’s still successful today.

Lodi Dodi is one of my favorite songs on the album. I’m not a huge fan of remakes but Snoop does a pretty good job at doing it and adding his own style of character to make it standout more like a Snoop Dogg song instead of a remake. The Dr Dre beat is hypnotizing on this cut as well Snoop attempted to remake Slick Rick’s classic track Lodi Dodi and does a pretty damn good job at doing it. Just a clear showmanship of the legends who have paved the way.

Of course The Row has always been apart of controversy and I’m pretty sure songs like Aint No Fun and Niggaz and Bitches further fueled that fire from Activist groups. The track Niggaz and Bitches is one of the albums hardest songs and it features Tha Dogg Pound(Daz and Kurupt) pouncing the hard knocking Dre beat to shambles . The same I cant say for Aint No Fun. Which can pretty much be a sequel to Bitches Aint Shit considering the disrespectful lyrics to the opposite sex. Nate Dogg really shines on here as he breaks out the catchy hook:

The album’s singles are what became a album’s strong selling point. It wasn’t nothing like alot of these top billboard 40 style hits. These songs from Doggystyle were geared towards the streets first and happened to catch wind with mainstream due to Dre’s ability to create magic with the right rapper to bring the best out of him. Songs such as Gin and Juice, Whats My Name were guaranteed party starters that still knock hard 20 years later. Doggy Dogg World which featured a nice 70s vibe and some old school flavor from the Stylistic gave the track the magic that made it a true standout.

My personal favorite track on the whole album was Murder Was the Case. What seems eerie about this song is that it seemed that Snoop seemed to have rapped about his whole fate where he’s talking about a rapper who dies and sells his soul to the devil for fame and fortune only to be crossed by him in the very end. It further added street cred to Snoop whenever he wanted it or not.

Overall listening to this album again, It brought back memories of what was really happening in 1993. It was a very memorable era where you had fake rappers getting thrown off stage(KRS and PM Dawn) Ice Cube being America’s worst Nightmare, Death Row Vs America, Tupac Shakur getting his shine on in Poetic Justice while being a pain in the ass to society by shooting police officers and Death Row building another brick in their dynasty with this classic album.

About Vic Da Rula

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