Mom’s Spaghetti: Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle

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This is my very first attempt at writing about a hip-hop album. I am not qualified to do this, and also I don’t really know all of the “words for things”. But I would like to start by saying this about Snoop Dogg’s debut album Doggystyle; it’s definitely called “Doggystyle”, and how FUN is that? Here are some facts:

 

 

  • This is the first LP from Snoop Dogg. That means before this most of the world had no idea who Snoop Dogg was. That’s weird to think about, right? Snoop Dogg is an American icon and world renown treasure person much like Willie Nelson or Truman Capote. We all know Snoop, we all know his language, and we all know that deep down no matter how we feel about marijuana we would all definitely smoke weed with the Doggfather.

 

  • Doggystyle was the first time in history that an artist’s first record reached Billboard 200 charts at #1 and sold 800,000 copies in its first week of release. This means that Snoop Dogg became more famous upon the release of his first album than ANY musical artist will ever be ever again (this is an exaggeration but RT ask Kanye West how hard it is to sell records now).

 

  • As it remains today you cannot find a list that does not include Doggystyle as one of the best and most prolific hip-hop records of all time.

 

 

The first thing you’ll probably notice about Doggstyle is the production value. Right out of the gate, the album feels special. Now, check yourself because the record might make you feel a little insecure at first because there is certainly a party happening and you will certainly want to be invited. Just like Snoop Dogg himself, it’s not a hard album to like.

 

Everything from the sound to the subject matter is suspiciously forward thinking for 1993 which adds to why the album holds up today. This is common for many of the albums released from Death Row Records at the time. It feels evergreen thanks to the indelible ear of Dr. Dre.
The album is just fun. Snoop’s voice is one-of-a-kind. It does something I really like in hip-hop records which is a pretty even split between incredibly heavy subject matter to light hearted party jams, and it does so sometimes within the same song. Snoop’s good at having fun even when he’s REALLY upset.

 

Gin And Juice and Who Am I (What’s My Name)? are obviously the crowd favorites, but the highlight of this record for me is the second to the last track Gz And Hustles. I have no way to prove this, but I am 10% cooler for having heard this song. If this song would just play any time I had to walk into party I would never feel nervous again. It’s got that beat, but it’s also got that doubling slap-bass/piano combo!

 

If you have never had the pleasure of listening to this album give it a shot. I highly recommend it for a good time, and speaking of time you’ll have plenty of it because the record is relatively short. As for me and my house, I’ll be spinning this one for years to come.

 

 

P.S. – Snoop Dogg has never listened to this album all the way through. He admitted this in an article 20 years later. Pretty cool.

 

 

Doggystyle is the debut studio album of American West Coast hip hop artist, Snoop Dogg, released by Death Row Records and Interscope Records on November 23, 1993. Wikipedia
Release date: November 23, 1993
Artist: Snoop Dogg
Producer: Dr. Dre
Label: Death Row Records
Genres: Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop, G-funk

 

Jeremy Schmidt

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