On the West Coast, gangsta-rap became mainstream via albums such as
Doggystyle (1993) by Long Beach native
Snoop Doggy Dogg (Calvin Broadus), produced by the same Dr Dre who had
debuted him as the rapper of The Chronic.
Helped by a colossal marketing campaign (he was on the cover of three music
magazines even before releasing a record), his debut album became one of
the fastest selling albums of all times. Before the album came out, Broadus
was indicted for killing a man.
The Doggfather (1996)
Da Game Is to Be Sold (1998)
were utter garbage.
No Limit Top Dogg (1999) contained at least Buck Em and Bitch Please, both produced by Dr Dre,
and Tha Last Meal (2000) contains
Snoop Dogg (produced by Timbaland).
Dead Man Walkin (2000) collects leftovers from the sessions of Tha Doggfather.
Paid Da Cost To Be Tha Boss (2003) is an another disposable collection.
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (2006) contains diligent demonstrations of gangsta-rap like Vato (produced by the Neptunes) and Imagine (produced by Dr Dre).
R&G (2005) and
Ego Trippin' (2008), replete with analog synths and vocoders,
tried to experiment with new sounds but were also overflowing with useless
Malice N Wonderland (2009) tries to prove that the rapper was still
relevant, but it takes six producers and ten guest stars.
The releases of 2010s were among his worst:
More Malice (2010),
Cool Aid (2016),
Neva Left (2017),
Bible of Love (2018),
I Wanna Thank Me (2019)
and the ten-song mini-album
From tha Streets 2 tha Suites (2021).
He was clearly distracted by his many other activities.
Snoop Dogg was more interesting as a person: he became a Rastafarian and then a newborn Christian, he ventured into cinema, first as an actor and then as a movie producer, he became both a venture capitalist and a philanthropist, and went on television as both a chef and a sports commentator.
The 25-song concept album The Algorithm (2021) resurrected his musical career but was mostly notable for the cast of guests (Method Man, Mary Blige,
Busta Rhymes, Kokane, Jane Handcock, Malaya, etc).
Big Subwoofer was performed by the newly formed Mount Westmore supergroup (Earl "E-40" Stevens, Todd "Too Short" Shaw,
and Snoop Dogg).
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