Artist – Snoop Dogg
Album – Bush (2015)
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Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus Jr) is an American G-funk/hip-hop artist. Snoop made his debut into the public consciousness with help from N.W.A artist Dr Dre in his solo debut ‘The Chronic’, a classic hip-hop album to many nowadays. Snoop then released his debut and another classic staple in hip-hop history with ‘Doggystyle’. Since this Snoop has made a career for himself writing and performing his own material, featuring on songs by and bringing in many high profile artists including Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake to name a few. As well as this Snoop is quite well known for the amount of weed he smokes, including it somehow in the gigantic range of merchandise he has out. Snoop now adds to his large discography with the latest album ‘Bush’.
Although I am a massive Snoop Dogg fan, I’ve been unsure of the directions he’s taken in the last few years. From his very quick turn as reggae artist Snoop Lion to the questionable RnB albums he keeps releasing, this is all a far cry from his early and best work. This latest album is in the same vain as his newer material, such as ‘Sweat’, but further incorporating a soul and funk feel which adds groove, a requirement in a snoop track. Lyrically and vocal delivery wise I wasn’t interested really, the album includes small sections of snoop throughout, but nothing in relation to his often funny rap style in ‘Doggystyle’, more highly edited loops and chorus sections. The album was produced by Pharrell Williams, which you would be able to tell from the get go, including that funk style which relates extremely closely to his work with Daft Punk. The collaborations on ‘Bush’ seemed interesting at first glance, including Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani and Kendrick Lamar, yet the only artist that seems to have been used almost to full effect is kendrick, with a verse of his own to take on, the rest make no major impact.
I was quite disappointed in Snoops latest effort, but really he hasn’t done much musically of recent which has led me to believe this would be a return to form, ‘Young, Wild and Free’ was good and a song or two off of his reggae album were okay, but that’s it. I don’t think this album is terrible, its just not that interesting, amongst the rap/hip-hop albums that have been released so far this year (Kendricks, Action Bronsons, Earls).