Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Top Dogg [EDITED VERSION]
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Snoop's second album for the No Limit label finds him in fine form--maybe the finest since Doggystyle. On Top Dogg, Snoop has taken control of his own album; in working with a number of producers (Dr. Dre, Ant Banks, Rapha... more »
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Snoop's second album for the No Limit label finds him in fine form--maybe the finest since Doggystyle. On Top Dogg, Snoop has taken control of his own album; in working with a number of producers (Dr. Dre, Ant Banks, Raphael Saadiq, DJ Quick, and the Beats by the Pound team), he takes the best each has to offer and forces them to play to his own strengths. Though there are a few gangsta tracks on Top Dogg ("My Heat Goes Boom," with its "boom boom boom" chorus, is one of the album's best), the strongest songs here are the ones on which Snoop gets creative. There are a pair of tributes to Slick Rick--"Snoopafella," a Cinderella story on which Snoop aces Rickey's flow, and "G Bedtime Stories," which opens with a little kid asking "Uncle Snoop Dogg" to read him a bedtime story--and a few tracks built around classic samples (of George Clinton's "Black Hole Theme," Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star," and even Brick's "Dazz"). There may not be anything here as transcendent as "Gin and Juice," but that's a minor complaint; Top Dogg is Snoop's best album in years. --Randy Silver
Return Of The Dog???
jason_jay | 04/09/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"After listening to Snoops first No Limit release, I was very hesitant to buy another album from the Doggfather with the disgustingly large "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: MASTER P" on the back. "No Limit Top Dogg", Snoops follow up to the dreadful "Da Game Is To Be Sold Not To Be Told" is relievingly much better. The reason for this change is simple..... limited Beats By The Pound produced tracks. Unfortunately there's still some [stuff] dropped by the pound like "Down 4 My N's" and "Ghetto Symphony". On the upside Snoop and Dre Connect as always on "Buck Em" and the hit single "B Please". Overall around half of the playlist is classic Snoop while the other percentage is just plain out boring. Snoop + No Limit just don't fit."