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Retrospective: Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle



Tracklist 
1. Bathtub 
2. G Funk Intro 
3. Gin and Juice 
4. W Balls
5. Tha Shiznit
6. Domino Intro 
7. Lodi Dodi
8. Murder Was The Case 
9. Serial Killa
10. Who I Am(What's My Name?)
11. For All My Niggas and Bitches 
12. Ain't No Fun 
13. Chronic Relief Intro 
14. Doggy Dogg World 
15. Class Room Intro 
16. Gz and Hustlas
17. Checkin
18. Gz Up Hoes Down 
19. Pump Pump








Now, as we near the end of West Coast week here on the site, after talking a more recent Snoop album, it was impossible to not discuss the debut solo album from him and get some opinions on what may be the best debut album of all time to come out of the West Coast(that's a debate to have). After his work on Dre's monumental "The Chronic" album, he went to work on what would become the most known album in his catalog. Released on Death Row Records, this album took over the charts and captivated the world, making a solidified star out of Snoop. So, we gathered the team and go right into the discussion. Let's get into it.

@speedonthebeat 
Doggystyle. The album which introduced us to Snoop Dogg and, for some, served as an introduction to G-Funk hip-hop (that is if you weren't as in tune as some were). Anyway, forget the "I knew it before you" silliness. This album was the perfect window into the life of Calvin "Snoop Doggy Dogg" Broadus before he became, for instance, a dancing rat in Malibu's Most Wanted or a "too-high-to-breathe" pilot in Soul Plane. It was graphic, it was raunchy, but it was surely funky. I feel that, as with a big portion of G-Funk and 90s gangsta rap, it was so funky that the so-called "bad things" about Snoop were a bit less horrible to digest for some. Additionally, without Doggystyle, we wouldn't have one of the best party anthems to date: "Gin and Juice." That track alone is worth the price of admission, as it's a perfect snapshot of early 1990s music and culture.

Plus, who hasn't said "we don't love dem hoes?"

@DFkinLopes_
Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut album, Doggystyle. Some can say his real debut was in Dr. Dre's first solo album The Chronic, but Doggystyle is Snoop's actual debut. Released on November 23rd, 1993, it sold over 800,000 copies in the first week it was released, but was it worth the hype? Most can agree this is easily a classic. A fresh laid back album, which has the most clean uptempo beats you can imagine. Snoop and Dre had came out with the most original type of music that truly started on The Chronic, G-Funk music. Dre originated this form and it seemed as if Snoop perfected it. The most outstanding thing about the album easily is the beats. Snoop just fits so well with these beats, with the way he flows and sings on the beats. Everything just sounds so natural, and it's smooth as silk. Let's start with "Gin and Juice", talking about cruising, partying with friends, fucking bitches, and smoking blunts while drinking a bottle of Gin. Songs like "Lodi Dodi" just shows how life is for the west coast gangsta and what him and his crew are involved in. Then you start listening to the story of a day Snoop goes through with the perfect beat. Snoop's storytelling in the album is amazing. "Lodi Dodi" and "Murder Was The Case" are back to back (word to Drake) storytelling songs. "Lodi Dodi is a great song", but Murder Was The Case was just perfect. The beat and story was made to perfection, a creepy story about him giving up his soul to the devil to stay alive and to be the greatest G of them all. "Aint No Fun", "Doggy Dogg World", and "Gin and Juice" have the best choruses in the album. "Ain't No Fun" is easily the most catchy song out of the whole album. Snoop being accused of murder added legitimacy to his lyrics, which always helps a "gangsta rapper". There's a lot of skits in the beginning of most the songs(I always love an album with skits) as well. It keeps the album entertaining in my opinion here. I think the only thing that might keep people from calling this album a classic is the lyrics. Now, they are a bit repetitive and plain, but they are also very catchy and fit the narrative. This is the perfect album to just listen to when you're driving or drinking with friends or family. I give this album five stars. Some may not agree fully with that rating, but it's Snoop, how can you not love it?

@mightytraplord_
Doggystyle. One of the most important rap albums of all time. This album puts a young star by the name of "Snoop Doggy Dogg" at the time, on the map. It has sold close to 7 million copies. The production was original produced by Dat Nigga Daz, but Dr. Dre took those beats and took it to a whole new level, showing how great Dre's production skills are. It helped define true west coast G-Funk music, and is a true classic. Snoop Dogg talked about the daily life of living or growing up in the hood, and how easy it is to get into the drug dealing game, gang banging, being an addict, dealing with groupie hoes, etc. This was a sweet G-Funk album with thrilling lyrics. There is no way you cannot enjoy this album every time you give it a listen. I think this is one of the greatest albums of all time, and the greatest west coast album to ever come out, besides 2001.

@TrueGodImmortal 
This album was special to me. At the time, a young True just liked recitable lyrics and smooth melodies. I was still a kid in Elementary school when this came out, so I couldn't necessarily relate to most of the content though I saw some of the same images in my neighborhood regularly. I loved "Gin and Juice", and though my mom hated it, I would be singing Nate Dogg's verse on "Ain't No Fun" often(minus the cursing when I was around her, but when I was away.... welp). In the 22 years since the album released, I have grown to appreciate it even more and enjoy the whole feel of the project.

I always felt like the G Funk music era was one of the best times in hip hop, and to this very day I still bump Doggystyle. It introduced the world to Snoop, along with a view of Long Beach and everything that Snoop saw growing up. You only get one debut album.... and Snoop made the most of it with his.

What are your thoughts on Snoop's debut? Post them in the comments below.

-DAR

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