Snoop Dogg is not a very nice guy, 'specially if you're a girl. He represents a violent kind of sexism that really can't be read any other way. Song titles like "Bitch Please" don't conceal clever ironies, they're meaner than the title: "Bitch please / get down on your m**herf***king knees"? Get the picture? But despite - or because of - their foulness, these songs are undeniably catchy - Snoop Dogg was The Man back then.
Though the albums that the hit songs on The Best of Snoop Dogg are taken from didn't go straight to number one or sell nearly as well, it's still very tight stuff.
He's the voice of the bad guy and it's always worth knowing your enemy, if he's entertaining, or important in the development of a musical form. And Snoop Dogg is important. Although Gangsta is a little less fashionable (or defining of the musical style at least) than it was back then, many would say that 50Cent represents a much better and more ethical incarnation of Snoop Dogg - the guy virtually invented being an ex con as a publicity move.
Although the continued message of violence, sexism and homophobia becomes exhaustingly unpleasant by the midway mark, this is not a bad album in its genre - in fact, if it were an actual album and not a best of, it would be pretty good.
But it's NOT what it says it is, proving that labels really matter sometimes. The trick would have been to cleverly name this Released, or something indicating post-Death Row label days. Because what's really here isn't the best. It's the best of what came after Death Row, and though there are 19 tracks, all of them good enough, this is definitely not everything you were warned against.
- Jean BarkerWHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID"...while there are usually a few unavoidable omissions on these types of albums, some of the joints kept on/left off here are simply inexplicable. Take your pick: Woof, Gin & Juice II, G Bedtime Stories and Loosen Control could've all been cut from this. Obvious replacements include: Hoes, Money & Clout, Ghetto Symphony, Set It Off and G'd Up, just to name a few."- Aaron Cameron for Insidepulse.com
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