Album Review: Snoop Dogg’s “Doggumentary” Takes You Back

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[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm] is easily one of the most versatile hip hop artists of the 21st Century.

His ability to collaborate with just about any artist from any genre has given him a platform to diversify his sound and his audience in a way that has made him the superstar he is today.

And Doggumentary his 11th studio album is no exception.  Snoop Dogg delivers old school ’90s hip hop with a fresh and updated sound that works for today’s audience while remaining true to a genre he had a hand in cultivating.  Check out our review and come back tomorrow to watch Snoop Dogg’s Live on Letterman exclusive concert (5pm PT/8pm ET) right here!

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Doggumentary is your typical Snoop Dogg album, chock full of collaborations with some of the biggest names in music including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]T-Pain[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]R. Kelly[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Legend[/lastfm] and the original toker, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Willie Nelson[/lastfm], just to name a few.

As expected, Snoop Dogg holds his own on the tracks where he’s rapping, but he really shines in the unconventional collaborations that he manages to pull off.  J

ust like in “California Gurls” his track with Katy Perry, Snoop manages to know what people want in terms of thinking outside of the box and a perfect example of this is his track with Willie Nelson.

Perhaps, “Boom” is a better example of Snoop doing what he does best, working with auto-tune master T-Pain on a track that samples 1980s hit “Situation” by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Yazoo[/lastfm].  You’ll be hearing this track in clubs and likely all over radio, it’s catchy, it’s fun and most of all it has that throwback sound from a perfectly selected sample.

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The entire album has a distinct and cohesive sound, that is reminiscent of Snoop’s earlier work with the Regulators, with many shout outs to LAcentric icons, a collaboration with Laker Kobe Bryant and, of course the lifestyle of being an old school gangsta.

Still, the track “Eyez Closed” is the most versatile track on the album.  It features superstars [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Legend[/lastfm] and somehow manages to have the perfect balance of what each artist brings to the table.

“Eyez Closed” has an obviously Kanyesque sound to it, but the addition of John Legend in the chorus and Snoop Dogg’s particular brand of rapping give the track a diversity that shows a new side to what Snoop Dogg is capable.

The saying goes, “You can’t teach and old dog new tricks,” abut for this Dogg, this isn’t true.

Snoop uses some of his old tricks, but manages to elevate not only his sound, but his reach by working with a multitude of new artists, continuing to qualify him as the Doggfather.

Doggumentary Tracklisting:

  1. “Toyz N Da Hood” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bootsy Collins[/lastfm])
  2. “The Way Life Used to Be”
  3. “My Own Way” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Denaun Porter[/lastfm])
  4. “Wonder What It Do”
  5. “My Func House”
  6. “Peer Pressure”
  7. “I Don’t Need No Bitch” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Devin The Dude[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kobe[/lastfm])
  8. Platinum (Feat. R. Kelly)
  9. “Boom” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]T-Pain[/lastfm]) (Prod. Scott Storch)
  10. “El Lay” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Marty James[/lastfm])
  11. “We Rest In Cali”
  12. “Gangbang Rookie” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pilot[/lastfm])
  13. “This Weed Iz Mine” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wiz Khalifa[/lastfm])
  14. “Wet”
  15. “Take U Home” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Too $hort[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kokane[/lastfm] &[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Daz Dillinger[/lastfm])
  16. “Sumthing Like This Night” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gorillaz[/lastfm])
  17. “Superman” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Willie Nelson[/lastfm])
  18. “Eyez Closed” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Legend[/lastfm])
  19. “Raised In Da Hood”
  20. “It’s D Only Thang”
  21. “Cold Game” (Feat. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]LaToya Williams[/lastfm])

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Snoop Dogg[/lastfm] – “Wet”

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Remember to come back tomorrow to watch Snoop Dogg perform his new hits and his classics on during his exclusive online concert (5pm PT/8pm ET). This latest installment of the Live on Letterman series is brought to you by AT&T – Rethink Possible.

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