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Friday, January 29, 2016

8 "Newer" Snoop Dogg Tracks That Don't Suck Too Much

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Snoop Dogg has lost his bark.
  • Snoop Dogg has lost his bark.

Let's be honest, the caliber of Snoop Dogg's music has gone majorly downhill in the last dozen or so years. Snoop Lion experiment aside, his once-minimalist gangsta-funk rap has evolved (or rather devolved) into a tangle of genre-straddling tracks and albums that never fail to sound hokey and unoriginal. Seriously, listen to some of his recent stuff and it's like the guy has lost all creativity and originality. His songs have an uncanny sonic and stylistic resemblance to the kind of stuff that his featured artists would make, not what he would make. Case in point: His song X with Damien Marley is, whatdoyouknow, a reggae-esque jam.

Because of Snoop's willingness to let his collaborators dictate his music, he's done everything from hyphy, funk, soul, trap, pop, R&B, jazz, and crunk. And while breadth and variety are laudable traits for one's music, not everyone can pull it off (hence why they're so laudable when people do). The 45-year-old may have been great back in the '90s and early aughts, but his music is too schitzo and unpredictable these days. 

Snoop is coming to the X on X, which is why we're on the topic of him in the first place. It got us thinking: Aside from Tha Doggfather, Doggystyle, R and G (Rhythm and Gangsta), and Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Bo$$ (arguably his four best albums), has he dropped anything good and worthwhile since then? We started combing through the archives, listening to all of Snoop's albums post-2004 and realized that he has dropped a few solid tracks since then (check them out below and notice that we could only find eight).

Of course, none of them rival the hits on either of the aforementioned albums, but that's just how it goes. You peak, then you plummet, and if you're lucky, sometimes you peak again. Given the number of albums that Snoop's dropped since his Best Of album came out in 2005 (a total of six albums, including 2015's Bush), it's clear that Snoop is hoping for a comeback. Maybe if he stuck to his lane and made the type of music he originally became famous for he'd strike gold. In other words, stop being a poser, Snoop Dogg. You're a rapper, not a pop/trap star, R&B crooner, funk master, reggae dude, or soul singer. 

Snoop Dogg plays at 8 p.m. at the Regency Ballroom on Tuesday, Feb. 2. More info here

1. "Back Up"

2. "Ridin' In My Chevy"

3. "Press Play"
4. "Eat a D**k"
5. "Imagine" featuring Dr. Dre and D'Angelo
6. "Vato"
7. "House Shoes"
8. "That's That Shit" featuring R. Kelly

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