Snoop made his reputation with appearances on other people's records - the title cut from the soundtrack of "Deep Cover," the hit singles "Nuthin' but a G Thing" and "Dre Day" from Dr. Dre's triple platinum album "The Chronic." The big question - can he carry an entire album? - has made Snoop's debut one of rap's most highly anticipated events. Entertainment Weekly predicted that it could have the impact of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Sonically it dazzles, but content-wise it's closer to "Sgt. Bilko."
"Doggystyle," produced by Dr. Dre (Andre Young), wisely capitalizes on Snoop's strengths - a languid, neo-Southern flow and sauntering singsong delivery; tumbling rhymes and a penchant for the spelling of key words; an insouciant spirit encapsulated in Snoop's signature riff, "bow-wow-wow yippee-yo yippee-yay." Less a clever rhymer than a clever stylist, Snoop is like those jazz singers who work their words rather than just deliver them, all the while riding the rhythm trail at their own peculiar pace.
"Dogg catcher's about to getcha!" gloats Eazy-E on "It's On (Dr. Dre) 187Umkilla" (Ruthless/Relativity) before embarking on an EP's worth of disses directed at Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dr. Dre (both dismissed as studio gangstas) and Death Row. All the while, Eazy-E (Eric Wright) maintains his own OG (original gangsta) status, though he's best known these days for hanging with Republicans and cop Theodore Briseno (of the Rodney King beating trials).
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