Doggystyle: Snoop Doggy Dogg (Spotlight CD)

Snoop Dogg What's My NameKickin’ off a little weekend party with some old school West Coast hip hop from the dogfather, Snoop Doggy Dogg.    The G-Funk sound was never better than the one-two punch of Dr. Dre’s CD “The Chronic” and Snoop’s debut CD in 1992.    Snoop and Dre turned the violent gangsta genre upside down by mixing it with an urban party atmosphere.   Sure you had some songs glamorizing gang violence and street crime like “Murder Was The Case” but Doggystyle primarily emphasized the funk here.     Taking vintage R&B samples from artists like George Clinton, The Dramatics, and David Ruffin, Snoop added his distinctive flow and realistic lyrics to create some of the most exciting street jams of all-time.   Tracks like the Slick Rick inspired “Lodi Dodi” and the introduction of Warren G. and Nate Dogg on “Ain’t No Fun” became low-rider favorites.

“WHO AM I (What’s My Name)” (NSFW)

Snoop Dogg DoggystyleSource Magazine gave Snoop’s CD a five-mic review and various other magazines have consistently ranked the album as an “essential” addition to your rap collection.  But not everyone loved Doggystyle.   Some questioned the unoriginality of the samples.  Of course, many critics love to slam Snoop for perpetuating the way women are treated in rap music by including a few too many “b*tches and ho’s” in the lyrics and the sexual depiction of women in Snoop’s videos.   But, it wasn’t just males buying Snoop’s records.    Doggystyle debuted at #1 on the album charts, and sold almost 6 million copies in the U.S.  Let’s take a moment and go back in time, long before Snoop recorded with Justin Timberlake, Willie Nelson, or PSY, way before the Snoop Lion experiment, here’s a G-Funk list of Doggystyle’s music videos:

“GIN AND JUICE”

“DOGGY DOGG WORLD”

“MURDER WAS THE CASE”

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