Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle One Of The ‘Top Ten Grestest Album Of All Time’?

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By Shaheem Reid

It’s not too many times you’ll hear me say this, but I got it wrong. Not that I have a problem admitting when I get something wrong, never one for excuses, but it’s just that I’m not wrong often. LOL. But today, I officially give the Dogg his just due. I should have voted for Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle to be a top ten greatest album of all-time.

Snoop’s LP, which came out in 1993, has not just stood the test of time, but it still sounds just as crisp, just as sonically addicting, stylistically superb as it did back in the day. I had a chance to see Snoop perform the album with many of his collaborators from the album—Daz and Kurupt, Lady Of Rage, RBX, and Warren G—on the “Rock The Bells” tour. Snoop’s album displayed a mastery of gangsta rap. It told a story, it was journey, it was brilliantly brash on records like “The Shiznit” and one of the first ever covers by one MC of another, “Lodi Dodi.”

Titles such as “Gz Up, Hoes Down” and “For All My Ni—az and B——” sound so primitive now and definitely politically incorrect, but Snoop’s laid back lyrical twists on “Gz” and the velocity of the ferociousness (especially) by Kurupt on the latter, made both album highlights that you had to memorize. Almost 20 years later, I found myself at the “Rock The Bells” rehearsal reciting the rhymes like I was going to perform at the concert. The words came back to me as if by some sort of inception took place during the night before during my beauty rest. Then you have to look at “Ain’t No Fun.” No matter where you are to this day, the record will shut down any party or club.

But it wasn’t only the music that makes Doggystyle one of the best ever in my personal top ten, you also have to look at the presentation. The PRESENTATION! There was so much hype leading up to the album, the record—at the time—it was the highest selling first week of any hip-hop artist. The videos weren’t just mini movies, they were events. “Doggy Dogg World” brought back all the 70s legends, “What’s My Name” had special effects, “Gin and Juice” was plain ol cool. It was exciting, Snoop’s star was undeniable.

So before I go on a whole tangent, let me just once again apologize to Mr. Dogg and say that your first album is definitely top ten of all-time material, possibly top five. Very interested to see what you bring to the table on part 2.

What’s your favorite Snoop Dogg album? Let us know in the comments!