Monday, May 22, 2006

Snoop Dogg - Rhythm & Gangsta: The Masterpiece

Well, I promised Veillotron his review of the Snoop Dogg album, and as ridiculous as this seems to me, here it is. But before I get on with it, let me state for the record that I tried to listen to the album as objectively as I could, even though it's well known that I am no fan of rap music.

Snoop Dogg - Rhythm & Gangsta: The Masterpiece

When I first saw the name of this album, I wasn't too impressed. "The Masterpiece"? Ok, we know that rappers, like pop and rock stars (and actors for that matter) tend to believe their own hype. But even The Beatles never had the audacity of naming one of their albums "The Masterpiece". But that being said, while "masterpiece" might be pushing it, the simple fact that I was able to listen to it from start to finish without cringing too much speaks volume about Snoop Dogg's work here.

Like any rap album that hopes to have any "street cred", this one is filled with sexual and "gangsta" references and non-stop dropping of the standards of rap vocabulary, more precisely the usual "shit", "ho", "bitch", "ass" and the unforgettable "nigga". But lame lyrical content aside (is it even called lyrics in the rap world?), there are some pretty good collaborations to be found here and some excellent beats too. 'Bang out', although it doesn't feature much Snoop Dogg, gives a rather weak beginning to the album a foundation to stand on. 'Promise I' shows some originality, showcasing a nice R&B groove that borders on jazz. The collaboration with 50 Cent, 'Oh no', possesses the characteristic that most good rap songs have: a great sample. 'Signs', a song that features Justin Timberlake, almost sounds like a Bran Van 3000 song with Snoop making an appearance. It has a pretty nice disco vibe. The album closer, 'No thang on me', is one of the strongest cuts here, and like 'Promise I', has a style that clearly shows some jazz influences.

But for all its strong moments, this album also features some ridiculous, pointless cuts. 'Drop it like it's hot' has to be one of the most annoying songs ever, no matter how popular it is. 'Step your game up' and 'Can you control your hoe' sound like their words were lifted right out of an Eminem album, but the music lacks the urgency of Eminem's. All in all, Snoop has managed to come up with a few good cuts here, but he has failed to support with quality "filler" material. Still, the record has enough to stand on its own.

3/10 (my taste); 7/10 (if I take an objective look at it)

By the way, as an add-on, let me here intrduce my good friend Huy with a contribution of his own for this review of Snoop Dogg's album:

"Snoop D. O. G. last joint was bangin yo......that shit be bringing down the crunk back to tha south side homies.......word. All my nizzles will be hearin that shit"


Alright... I feel like I just had an out-of-body experience. I never thought I would one day review a Snoop album. What wouldn't I do for my peeps? My ever loyal peeps... Anywhoo, check back tomorrow for my thoughts on Game 3 of the Oilers-Ducks series, as well as what I think we can expect from one of the biggest questions marks in the upcoming NFL season: the Philadelphia Eagles. Will the the departure of Terrell Owens hurt their offense, or will they be able to bounce back? I say they'll bounce back in the biggest way... See you Tuesday.

17 Comments:

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Eminem has a sense of urgency because Snoop's gonna kick his mangy-ass, and he's afraid like a little ho.

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

OK, guys, good stuff, I like it...
Dwarf, that's a solid effort, you're a step closer to getting your dream job at "Teen Cosmo"...

Huy, it's also good, although a bit short. And it's not "D.O.G", but rather "D.O. dable-G.". Whatch and learn from the Master.

Your reviews were so convincing that I went out and bought the album (yes, I am THAT rich). I will listen to it and will let you know if you were talking crap or not.

 
At 5:50 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

I just want to point out that if I write little comments in 2-3 shots instead of one big comment, it's because its good publicity for Dwarf - if you see that there's 4 comments, you might think there is more than 1 person replying and so it looks better...

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

And another one to increase the number comments... feel the love...

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Huy, just to make sure you get it, when I wrote "dable-G", I meant "double-G", but with a cool accent. And Huy, please find me the artist who is doing the title song for Miami Vice. This will be your Task of the Day.
If you don't do it, either you are a looser, or you do not read the comments on the Dwarf's musings and therefore you deserve to burn in hell.

 
At 6:01 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

You know, this site is pretty cool. I went to check out the Dwarf's profile, to see if he had put a picture of David Hasseloff. Unfortunately, not.

Anyway, you can link on his favorite movies, and you can see other people who like it. For example, "toilet_duck" is a 23 year old male Capricorn living in Tennessee, who also loves "Chasing Amy". And Gurilla Bush is a 22 year old student who lives in Naples, Florida.

Maybe you knew, maybe you didn't. Anyway, I think it's pretty cool and people should react to my comment.

 
At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Huy said...

Ok, the only information i could gather on the Miami Vice score was that the Rza is the producer. Since you (veillotron) are the original G, i assume you know the Rza is the MC for the now defunct Wu Tang Clan. BTW, i ain't your Biz-notch, so google it yourself next time!!

and also, i do read the Dwarf's blog, which DOES make me a loser.


and finally, i'm not surprised he doesn't have a David Hasselhoff pic.........Dwarf is more of a John Tesh guy.

 
At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Sweet LP said...

Hello kids.

I heard of this blog from a close relative. I was told it was a must. From what I read so far it looks fine. That Dwarf guy raises a few good arguments.

I must say that the church talk was a little long and I couldn't care less for the cd reviews.

Now that Veillotron guy, could somebody shut him up? His comments are a complete bore and I find his use of the English language to be sometimes offensive.

Huy, don't follow on his Miami Vice request. I fear he want's to make you his "protege" (a.k.a. bitch). I have a really bad feeling about that dude.

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Sweet LP?
Whoz this clown? Watz his beef?
Doz Sweet LP Stands for Sweet Little Piece of Shit?
Nobody comes to my blog and insults me! I know you'll say its the Dwarf's blog, but since he's my biyAtche, it is technically mine.

Anyway, Sweet LP, Huy has already responded to my request, so
a) read the comments properly before writing anything - you will come out of this exercise looking more intelligent
b) Huy is my biyAtche

Secondo, Veillotron has been making some pretty good comments - I dare you to step to the plate and be as Intelligent, Insightful, Instructive and Entertaining as I have been... We can talk trash, but let's see if you can carry it...

Tertio, if you find my language offensive, just get your mangy-ass outta da kitchen - plain and simple.

83 Respect/Representz

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger Veillotron said...

serieux, pourquoi tout le monde ecrit en Anglais?

 
At 8:34 AM, Blogger Veillotron said...

By the way, have you guys heard anything on the PS3? It is supposed to be much better than Xbox 360? (don't worry, Sweetness, we still love you and I will get an xbox 360 - I am moving in my new house in a month now, 23 June 2006!)

 
At 8:35 AM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Oh, if nobody noticed, "Snoop Dogg - Rythm and Gangsta: The Masterpiece" has generated more comments than any other articles.
Respect.

 
At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Huy said...

Veillotron vs Sweet LP.....

my goodness, this could turn out to be the bloodiest brotherly rivalry since Kane vs Taker


btw, who are you calling your biyacth brit boy? are you typing this with your tea in hand with the pinky up???

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Kane vs. Taker? C'mon!!!
It's more like... Christian and Edge (me being Edge, of course)

And yes, I did wrote those lines sippin' some good ol' Earl Grey... but that doesn't change the facts.

 
At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Sweet LP said...

I just found out that veillotron is not a dude, it's a damn blog virus. It keeps posting non-sense messages over and over until it completely takes over the blog. It is THE equivalent of trash mail. I call for an intervention of the Great Dwarf before his blog becomes a world of ashes...

On the ps3 subject, the impressions from the last E3 were not so great. The better reviews were for the next Nintendo and the the line of games coming up for the 360 (check out ign.com).

Remember, life is like a box of smarties.

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Huy said...

va tu falloir acheter un disque dur separe comme pour le x-box 360???

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger Veillotron said...

Ok, bon, alors c'est le Xbox360

 

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