Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss!
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Snoop Dogg has all aspects of the hip-hop game on lock.
The Long Beach rapper has sold tens of millions of records. He's a huge box office draw, having starred in "Training Day," "Baby Boy," "The Wash" and "Bones." He made Death Row Records a household name and has a string of platinum and gold records with his own Doggystyle imprint. His Snoop Dogg clothing line is one of the fashion industry's most impressive upstart lines and he even has his own Snoop DeVille car line with Cadillac.
With "Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss," Snoop's sixth studio album, Snoop Dogg bolsters his reputation as hip-hop's renaissance man. He runs businesses, acts in award-winning movies and still creates classic albums that push the genre to new heights.
"From Tha Chuuch 2 Tha Palace," The Neptunes-produced lead single from Snoop's new album, lets long-time Snoop fans know that nothings changed. He's just updated his revolutionary style. As Snoop raps on the brag-heavy cut, he's "still got the gin and juice in hand."
The Neptunes also lace the club-ready "Beautiful." Pharrell Williams sings the hook, while Snoop flips mackadocious lines about his love for the woman that lets him do his thing. Snoop shows a seldom seen side of himself here, defending his lady and making it plain and clear that she is what makes his world turn. He turns the same trick on the smooth Hi-Tek produced "Believe In You," where he pledges loyalty to his true love.
Don't get it twisted, though. Snoop hasn't toned down his act. He brings his typical gangster-meets-pimp-flavored heat throughout most of "Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss." On the gangster side, he blasts everyone from Xzibit to Kurupt to Death Row Records' notorious honcho on the blistering "Pimp't Slapped." "Suge Knight's a bitch and that's on my life," he snarls over the funk-inspired beat by the promising Josef Leimberg. This cut already has the streets buzzing and has earned a place as one of the best dis songs in hip-hop history.
Snoop switches gears over the cosmic slop of Fred Wreck's "From Long Beach 2 Brickcity," which also features fiery vocals from Redman. Here, the two rhyme legends work tag team braggadocio vocal magic like Kobe and Shaq run the court.
Elsewhere, Snoop puts his pimp style on full display. On the rumbling, Jellyroll-produced "You Got What I Want," Snoop declares that he's "Snoop Hephner mixed with a little bit of Doggy Flynt," a nod to porn magnates Hugh Hefner and Larry Flynt. "Suited N Booted" has Snoop boasting of his immaculate, unparalled wardrobe, while "Boss Playa" features him breaking down the rules of the pimp game with a vocal assist from The Arch Bishop Don Magic Juan.
Snoop's signature Snoopy Collins persona shines through on "Wasn't Yo Fault" and the seductive, flute-driven, Just Blaze-produced "Lollipop."
"Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss" marks the creative evolution of Snoop Dogg, who had the hip-hop world waiting for his next move after his stunning appearance with Dr. Dre in early 1992 on "Deep Cover," the title track of the soundtrack for the Laurence Fishburne movie.
Snoop Dogg's buzz transformed into a roar with Dr. Dre's landmark 1992 album, "The Chronic." The then Snoop Doggy Dogg had a platform to showcase his infectious flow, which was equally relaxing and authoritative, part angst and part pimp-strut. Rap fans loved it.
Dre felt strongly enough about Snoop to duet with him on "The Chronic's" first single, "Nuthin' But A G Thang." Named one of the best singles of the 1990s by Rolling Stone magazine, "Nuthin' But A G Thang" ushered in a new sound and outlook. Snoop Dogg made gangster rap something that could be smooth-flowing, catchy, commercially viable and respected in the streets all at the same time -- something that had not yet taken place in the musical marketplace.
Since then, Snoop Dogg has emerged as one of hip-hop's most dynamic players, rapping with everyone from Jay-Z to the Wu-Tang Clan to Jermaine Dupri to OutKast. He runs several successful businesses and has emerged as one of hip-hop's most recognizable brands.
As Snoop proclaims on the Jellyroll-produced "Stop Light," he's "First place in the race and don't wanna lose it." There's little chance of that happening, of course. After all, he's "Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss."
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1. Don Doggy
2. Da Bo$$ Would Like To See You
4. From Tha Chuuuch To Da Palace - (feat. Pharrell)
5. I Believe In You - (feat. Latoiya Williams)
6. Lollipop - (feat. Jay-Z/Soopafly/Nate Dogg)
7. Ballin' - (feat. The Dramatics/Lil' Half Dead)
8. Beautiful - (feat. Pharrell/Uncle Charlie Wilson)
9. Paper'd Up - (feat. Mr. Kane/Traci Nelson)
10. Wasn't Your Fault
11. Bo$$ Playa
12. Hourglass - (feat. Mr. Kane/Goldie Loc)
13. One And Only, The
14. I Miss That Bitch - (feat. E-White)
15. From Long Beach 2 Brick City - (feat. Redman/Nate Dogg/Warren G)
16. Suited N Booted
17. You Got What I Want - (feat. Ludacris/Goldie Loc/Uncle Charlie Wilson)
18. Batman & Robin - (feat. Lady Of Rage/RBX)
19. Message 2 Fat Cuzz, A
20. Pimp Slapp'd