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Snoop Dogg – BODR (Album Review)

Since this album has a cartoon cover, I expect it to be very good.


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TOP 5

 

5. Gotta Keep Pushing

Snoop Dogg, T.I., and Sleepy Brown do some reminiscing in “Gotta Keep Pushing.”

I don’t know about you, but I love hearing rappers talk about their come-ups. In “Gotta Keep Pushing,” Snoop Dogg and T.I. do just that. While Snoop opts to rap about his family and how they helped him become the hustler that he is today, T.I. opts to rap about being a misunderstood trapper turnt rapper. As for Sleepy Brown, he completes the song with this soothing chorus that gives me Jamie Foxx vibes.

 

 

4. Pop Pop

DaBaby hooks Snoop up with a slick-ass chorus and verse in “Pop Pop.”

It took me a while to f**k with “Pop Pop.” Initially, I wasn’t feeling DaBaby’s hook, but after letting the song stew for a little, I started to rock with it. I will say this: Snoop definitely washed DaBaby on the song (And DaBaby had a good verse, too).

 

 

3. We Don’t Gotta Worry No More

Can you believe “We Don’t Gotta Worry No More,” a song that features Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, is the most heartwarming track on this album?

I damn-there shed tears listening to this song. In it, Snoop Dogg raps about his transition from Long Beach scoundrel to accused murderer to the president’s buddy. What’s interesting is that a good chunk of the song features soothing melodies and concise raps. What’s also interesting is that Wiz Khalifa is barely on the track (He does some ad-libbing here and there).

 

 

2. Jerseys In The Rafters

More than any coast, I feel like west coast rappers stick together. After all of these years, it is dope to hear The Game and Snoop Dogg on a song together. They don’t disappoint either.

“Jerseys In The Rafters” is a tough-ass banger that pays homage to both California and the streets in a way that is just as heinous as it is gratifying.

 

 

1. Conflicted

“Conflicted” might be Snoop Dogg’s hardest release in a decade.

Can you imagine if east coast rappers and west coast rappers actually got along back in the 90s? There would’ve been so many amazing hip-hop hits in the stash. In “Conflicted,” one of the bests from the east coast (Nas) and one of the best from the west coast (Snoop Dogg) unite. What they end up creating for us is a tough-ass banger that boasts a riveting beat, gritty deliveries, and lots of boasting.


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. Still Smokin (3/5)

2. Gun Smoke (3/5)

3. Coming Back (3/5)

4. Sandwich Bag (4/5)

5. Conflicted (5/5)

6. Daddy (4/5)

7. Doggystylin (3/5)

8. Crib Your Enthusiasm (4/5)

9. Gotta Keep Pushing (4/5)

10. House I Built (3/5)

11. Outside Of The Box (3/5)

12. Jerseys In The Rafters (4/5)

13. Pop Pop (3/5)

14. Catch a Vibe (4/5)

15. It’s In The Air (4/5)

16. We Don’t Gotta Worry No More (4/5)

17. Get This Dick (3/5)

18. Snoopy Don’t Go (2/5)


RGM RATING

(C+)

 

Can you believe that Snoop Dogg has been in the hip-hop game for over 30 years? To put it in perspective, thirty years ago I was 3 years old. One of the reasons I think that Snoop has been able to last this long is because he knows how to adapt to the ever-changing hip-hop genre. In BODR, Snoop toys with a bunch of different styles, sounding like a natural in each one.

I’ve never regarded Snoop as an amazing lyricist. Don’t get me wrong, he spits dope-ass bars every once in a while, but I think he’s more of a curator these days. With that being said, his curation skills are on point in BODR. Throughout the album, Snoop puts artists in positions to succeed and does a good job of complementing their styles. He also does a good job of picking instrumentals that could hold weight on their own. No, Snoop is no longer a number one option, but he still knows how to use his clout to make us press play on anything that he does.

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