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THE West Coast Classic
on June 7, 2004
Snoop Doggy Dogg took us on a journey in this record. He goes everywhere. All of the songs are great, and some don't get the props they deserve simply because they are next to the songs that are so revolutionary. Dr. Dre's beats and Snoop's style were a combination that has never been duplicated. The bar is set so high that Dre and Snoop haven't even been able to get back to this rare air.
A cocky young Snoop Dogg with a smooth style is your tour guide. This is the best Snoop. This is the realest Snoop. This is Snoop minus the bullsh *t He has no cornrows, no straightened hair, no funky experimental rap styles - only the Dogg. He does it so well. Not only are the songs some of the best ever, but Doggytyle's videos changed the rap music in a way that The Chronic's really didn't.
Back in '94, Snoop penetrated with "Gin and Juice". The song and the video are some of the best ever. I half-heartedly looked for the CD with no success. Nonetheless the song had a powerful affect. The video, even more so. The chorus and the beat is smooth as hell, and Snoop puts it down flawlessly. While it's just a party song, it's a fu* king anthem. Additionally, the video is still hilarious to this day. Snoop comes off as the ultimate g. It's also the first appearance of Lil' Bow Wow. (I only wish it were the last). I'm not going to diagnose it for you. If you don't get it, I don't know what to tell you.
"Murder was the Case" is the song where Snoop goes a bit further. The song is one of the greatest ever. It's my favorite song on the CD, and I would argue that Snoop never made it past this level. The beat is so ominous and the lyrics are tight. The ominous voice from the beyond and Snoop's cocky youthful rapping make this song one for the ages.
The "Who Am I (What's My Name)" video and the song come together as a package deal with the album. Using technology in a rap video was a huge step. This is one of the first truly advanced rap video. It features Snoop turning into a dog, and him running from the 'Doggcatchers'. The flashy in your face beat along with Snoop's mocking taunts puts him on the map. The song's beat is one of Dre's best ever (I just LOVE it), lyrics are meaningful, and the rhyming is tight as hell. This is simply an amazingly definitive song.
Those are all of the absolutely mind blowing songs. Other songs that would be considered major efforts if they were on other albums are: "Tha Shiznit", "Ain't No Fun", "Doggy Dogg World", and "Serial Killa". When I put this CD in I just sit back and let it play. It's an experience and it never gets old. This is my, rap_lunatic's, favorite album of all time. I look forward to so many tracks. There is never a time when I want to skip a few tracks ahead to get to the track I really want to hear.
I think this is stronger than Dr. Dre's "The Chronic", overall. I prefer this album to most anything. While there are absolutely no social value in this album, you can't blame Snoop for it. Snoop is not a political rapper. If that's what you are looking for on a Snoop's record, you don't feel him.
Doggystyle is just possibly the greatest album ever. All I can do is stand back and applaud this record. I still hear it blaring out of my car to this day.
So, if I have to tell you why you sould buy this album, you must be on an isolated island eating through raw fishes.
P.S. Snoop's underrated but very tight album, "Tha Doggfather", is also not to be forgotten.