We Wanna Thank Snoop Dogg!
Updated: Aug 31, 2019
28 years ago, Snoop Dogg was introduced to the world by Dr. Dre in their song Deep Cover and he was known as Dr. Dre's newest protege. With the help of his longtime friends, Warren G and Nate Dogg, the collaboration of Tha Dogg Pound (Daz and Kurupt), The Lady of Rage, RBX and his sensei, The D.O.C. who thought him how to put his verses together in a rap song, Snoop Dogg was featured on Dre's first album "The Chronic" in 1992, and in 1993, he released his first debut album "Doggystyle" which is considered one if not, the biggest hip-hop debut of all time, all of that happening under the roof of the powerful label Death Row Records. Year after year, throughout every coast in the rap game and around the world, Snoop Dogg gained the ultimate respect from everyone and he has collaborated with a lot of artists and musicians. His music catalog speaks for itself and after receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Snoop Dogg has released his 17th album, "I Wanna Thank Me" on August 16th, 2019. The album which is released under EMPIRE and Doggy Style Records, features Swizz Beats, Slick Rick, Chris Brown, YG, Nate Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and more. The production comes from DJ Battlecat, Jazze Pha, Rick Rock, Fredwreck, DJ Mustard, DJ Green Lantern, Russ, Swizz Beatz, and others. With 17 albums, let's see if Uncle Snoop can still hold it down.
The album begins with the song "What U Talkin' Bout" where Snoop raps about his level in the hip-hop game being so high, you better address him on some serious business. "So Misinformed" is where Snoop Dogg decides to address the current problem in the United States of America which is racism. With the help of Slick Rick and a sample of Bob Marley and The Wailers "Get Up, Stand Up", Snoop raps about the misinformation that the people have regarding the 400 years of slavery of black people and he states that black people should stand up together of their love and pride of being black. In other words, Snoop is fed off of the racist USA president known as Donald Trump and he just wants people to connect and to love each other. The next song is called "Let Bygones Be Bygones" produced by DJ Battlecat. Snoop raps on this song about his time on Death Row Records, the good, the bad and the ugly, his relationship with Suge Knight and he is aware that Suge wanted to harm him in the past and that other people see Suge as the biggest idiot on planet earth and he deserves the bad karma happening to him right now but Snoop says he's cool with Suge and that if it wasn't for Suge Knight, Dre and D.O.C., there would be no Snoop Dogg or Death Rown Records. R.I.P. 2 Pac, Nate Dogg & Ricky Harris. Then we have "One Blood, One Cuzz" which it's a song about the Bloods and the Crips being unified together to make peace and be one. Snoop explains that it happened back 1992 after the L.A. Riots and it happened again this year after the death of Nipsey Hussle who wanted to invest and do good for his neighborhood, Slauson. "Countdown" is produced and features Swizz Beatz who did a good job on the production on the beat which it gives you that 1992 west coast vibe with a little twist of Eazy-E's "Boyz-N-Da-Hood". Then we have the song "I C Your Bullshit" followed by "Turn Me On" produced by Jazze Pha and featuring Chris Brown. What a good collaboration between the king of the West and the king of R&B, and with the production of Jazze Pha, the song makes you want to dance for real and it reminds me of Snoop Dogg's "Sign" featuring Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson. So when you hear this song being played at a bar or a club, grab the hottest girl you see and ask her to dance with you!
With 7 tracks done, "I Wanna Thank Me" is enjoyable to listen to and a lot of positive messages from Tha Doggfather. The song "Blue Face Hunnids" is featuring YG and Mustard, and with production from DJ Mustard, Snoop and YG rap about the gang banger lifestyle and their luxurious life. With the help of YG, Snoop never lost his rapping skills of how to keep it gangsta. "New Booty" is not to be misunderstood of a song being about girls, but about a young man who has to be careful of how he acts in the streets or else, he'll be a nice present for some long-time inmates when he gets caught and thrown in jail. Then we have "Take Me Away" featuring Wiz Khalifa and Russ, and the song is basically about weed but it's still a nice beat to listening too and Russ did a good job on the hook. Following that song is "Do It When I'm In It" featuring Jermaine Dupri, Ozuna & Slim Jxmmi and it's produced by JD himself. We also have the songs "First Place" featuring Tdot Illdude and "Focused" which samples H.E.R.'s "Focus". Then we have the song "Rise To The Top" featuring Swizz Beatz and Trey Songz. The beat has a nice and smooth instrumental and with the help of Swizzie on the beat and the hook, who else knows how to talk to please the ladies like Snoop and Trey Songz.
The second part of the album felt more like a party anthem with a couple of fillers. The 15th track of the album is "Wintertime in June" featuring the late and legendary Nate Dogg. I was expecting more from the song because Nate was on it but it wasn't that bad to be honest, and both artists sang the song in a good vibe with production from Fredwreck. Then we have an interlude called "Doo Wop Thank Me" featuring The HamilTones. Following that is the song "Main Phone" produced by the legendary Bay Area producer Rick Rock and featuring Rick Rock himself and Stressmatic. The beat has a nice bounce to it and with Rick Rock on the hook, Snoop's flow made the song even better. "Do You Like I Do" featuring comedian Lil' Duval has that 90s throwback New Jack Swing vibe like the Teddy Riley and Bobby Brown days thanks to the production from DPGC veteran producer, Soopafly. The song also interpolates a line from Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit" featuring Snoop Dogg, Daz, Kurupt, and Jewell. The next song called "I've Been Looking For You" got my ears deceived because I thought the song was produced and featuring Pharrell but I was off. It features Eric Jaye and it's produced by DJ Green Lantern. The instrumental is good and smooth and the song interpolates Roy Ayers "Everybody Loves the Sunshine". "Little Square UBitchU" featuring Anitta is the song I least preferred in the album, and then there's the song "Ventalation" featuring RJmrLA, $tupid Young and Azjah. At last and not least, we're at the final song "I Wanna Thank Me" featuring Marknoxx and produced by west coast heavyweight producer, DJ Battlecat. The album couldn't finish any better because Battlecat did a perfect job on the production making it make G-Funk to the full effect, and I love how the instrumental changes 3 times and for the better during the song. The song starts with Snoop's Hall of Fame speech thanking himself as he raps in the entire song about his legacy and accomplishments. The song samples Snoop Dogg's "Ain't No Fun" and Tha Eastsidaz "Gd'Up", and interpolates Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode".
"I Wanna Thank Me" may not be his top 5 best albums, but alongside with his last album "Neva Left", those 2 albums been the Snoop we always knew and loved. The upsides of the album were the dedication to Nipsey Hussle, never giving up on making the black neighborhoods better and a toast to black excellence. With the help of a lot of hip-hop heavyweight producers, the production was well done, I just wished that DJ Quik and Dr. Dre would have been part of it. The downsides of the album, there were too many featuring artists, that always been a turn off to me, no appearances from Daz and Kurupt and a bunch of filler songs as well. Let's not forget that Snoop made the album for himself, and his way of recording an album in the studio is always about having fun and I felt that in his way of rapping on the album. All I can say is that since 1991, Snoop's flow and rapping skills have never faded away and he's making himself feel immortal and we can thank Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, The D.O.C. and Master P for giving this legend we call Snoop the chance and opportunity to be who he is today. Thank you Snoop.