I know a lot of people are going to exaggerate how good this album was; I can't blame them. After the last few years of straight garbage from Snoop Dogg, it's amazing to here such a solid effort from the Doggfather, and fans are going to have a tendency to state this album is hotter than it is. No disrespect, but this album is not a five; I've only given out fives to albums that are consistently dope from start to finish, and while this album has some dope joints spread throughout, there are a couple missteps. That's more than a bit expected with 21 tracks; if Snoop had cut off a few of the weaker tracks, then yes, I'd reward this album with a five. As it stands, this is a very, very solid four stars.
Snoop has honestly been the posterboy for emcees who left money overwhelm them, and their artistic freedom. The last album I truly enjoyed from Snoop was released when he was still a puppy; Tha Doggfather was, while dissapointing, the last album that displayed any of Snoop's often self-obscured talent. Everything that he put out on No Limit dissapointed me(including the Last Supper), and he wasn't exactly making any strides with Star Trak either. Just when it appears that even some of his most devoted fans have given up on Snoop, he comes back with such a well-rounded album.
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, first and foremost, has some of the sweetest beats you'll find on any hip-hop album this year. The first nine tracks, all produced by a wide range of emcees, including Timbaland, Dr. Dre, Fredwreck, and Battlecat, among others, are all sincerely engaging pieces of music that'd keep your attention no matter who's spitting over them. LAX is, unfortunately, a very dissapointing track from Battlecat, and neither Snoop Dogg or Ice Cube can carry the track above average. 10 Lil' Crips is insanely hard for a Neptunes joint, and Snoop continues to flow breezily over the track with his refocused sound. Round Here samples the same Dido song that was used for Eminem's Stan, but this somber track still succeeds with its melancholy backdrop, and Snoop's introspective rhymes. The next few tracks are all 'take your pick' types of cuts, in that they may appeal to some heads more than others. However, I think we can all agree that the standout cut, "Imagine," featuring Dr. Dre and D'Angelo is nearly enough reason to warrant a purchase of this album.
While Snoop is admittedly still overrated, one can't deny the dopeness that this album excretes. If you've been waiting on an album from Snoop that you can nearly bump from start to finish in the new millenium, this is the closest thing to it. Sadly, however, at Snoop's age, there is no room for improvement, so this will most likely be his last great album. If Snoop were to retire after this album, he'd go out on a relative high-note; and if he happens to stay in the game for a few more years, than I'll be checking out his next release. Either, with Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, everyone's a winner. Pick it up.