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Multi-Platinum award winning rapper Snoop Dogg returns with his eighth solo LP, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. The hard-hitting album is one of the most highly anticipated new albums of the year and will continue to solidify this hip hop icon as one of the most influential musical entertainers of today. After releasing a string of hit records on his last effort that carried a more commercial sound, such as the #1 mega-hit 'Drop It Like It's Hot' featuring Pharrell, the rapper decided this time around to take it back to the basics back to the hood. Producers who collaborated on Tha Blue Carpet Treatment include multi-Platinum hit makers Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Rick Rock, Pharrell, among others; along with guest appearances by artists such as Dr. Dre, Stevie Wonder, Ice Cube, The Game, R. Kelly and E-40.
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment finds Snoop employing his usual impressive lineup of collaborators and strutting his way through a by-now standard litany of libidinous, gang-bangin' boasts. But when your record is packed with this much veteran savvy and smooth flavor, the pride comes naturally. Snoop has been g-funky as hell for a long while, but "Crazy," with its hypnotic keyboard loop and silky flow, is impressive even for him. It's a trickle of light to counter the equally accomplished but darker "Vato," a fever-dream street duet with Cypress Hill's B Real. Traces of Doggystyle-era gangsta show up as well; the laconic flow of "Candy (Drippin' Like Water)" for instance, featuring E-40 and MC Eiht, is as instantly appealing as anything on that seminal debut. It must be said that whatever Snoop Dogg releases at this point in his career competes with his overwhelming celebrity and cartoonish, pimp-maestro image, and that makes it hard to take him seriously. But here, even a too-obvious, potentially disastrous song like "I Wanna F*** You" manages not to be ridiculous. If that's not the mark of a true star, I don't know what is. --Matthew Cooke
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Lots of Snoop's influences shine through here with flavors of Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, Parliment, Leon Hayward and even Stevie himself appears on "Conversations" - a monster track that finished this great album off leaving the listener wanting more!
This is, in my opinion, as good as it gets and Snoop has proven, yet again that he rightly deserves to be at the very top of the industry. The boy's got serious game.
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This album is full of laced beats and good rhymes. "Think About It" comes off real strong from Snoop laced with a dope beat. The radio hit "Thats That..." with R. Kelly gives listeners a nice R&B tune to listen to. As well as the other hit "I Wanna Love You" with Akon, another hit for this album.
As I said in my title, this is what "Cali Iz Active" should have sounded like. That CD was so horrible and failed to follow it's concept. This album followed what that concept should have been. Most of the guest appearances are form Cali. "Candy" would feature Goldie Loc, MC Eiht, E-40, and The Dogg Pound, and a real nice tune to ride to. "LAX" with Ice Cube is another standout tune that featured a sample from Biggie's "Going Back To Cali" in the hook. I'd say for some reason, my favorite song is toward the end with "Imagine" with Dr. Dre. and D'Angelo. Possibly because that piano laced throughout the song. Snoop would close the album with "Conversations" with Stevie Wonder, showing off that he's trying to get his mind right. Other guests include The Game, B-Real from Cypress Hill, George Clinton, and Kam (where the hell have YOU been Kam???).
Although this is a good CD I've heard from Snoop in a minute, it still has some rough parts. "10 Lil' Crips" sounded kinda weak to me. And I wasn't feeling the song "Beatin' Up On Yo Pads" although it's a positive song about him coaching and playing football, but it's a good song, so I'll make it my honorable mention track.
If you heard that this album was his most consistant since "Doggystyle", you heard correct. We're more than aware that he's not going to drop another one of those albums, but this is a real good one from Snoop. If other west coast artists drop albums like this, we might have the West Coast making a comeback. And being a fan of West Coast rap music, I am more than ready for it. If you thought Snoop fell off, well he gives doubters "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment".
Guest Appearances: A-
Musical Vibes: B
My Favorite Tracks From This Album: Think About It, Thats That..., Candy (Drippin' Like Water), Gangbangn 101, LAX, Which One Of You, I Wanna [Love] You, Psst!, Imagine, Converstions
Honorable Mention Track: Beatin' On Yo Pads
And it kind of happens again with the Blue Carpet Treatment -- but not until a little after the mid-point of this album. At the jump, the Album is charged with smooth fire that is complimentary of Snoop's voice and flow. The moment "Think About it" rolls in my hopes went up and I thought this album was going to put all the others before it to sleep! "Crazy" has a crazy smooth beat. "Vato" has one of the most unique exotic electric sounds I've ever heard in a hip-hop song. And it seems like this energy keeps pushing onward and upward... until Tracks 14 thru 19, all of which --on a sliding scale of quality -- seemed to be below par. Well...actually, track 18 "Pump up your Pads" is an endearing track. I don't care for the beat, but lyrically -- as always -- Snoop can take any topic and make it sound good. Even if it's about young ball players.
And then comes the save: "Imagine." This is by far the most memorable track on the whole album. Unlike most hip-hop songs where it takes a few listens before the meaning behind the lyrics step forward, Imagine manages to resonate from the very beginning. It's one of those songs where you don't just hear it, you feel it.
I have to say also that Snoop's new mission of peace makes for much more compelling material than some of his other work. His more soulful songs bring me back to "Lil' Ghetto Boy" from the Chronic. A lot of hip-hop artists have tried to inject positivity into their rhymes and failed, mostly because they couldn't make hope and optimism as addictive as their gangster tales. Snoop on the other makes you feel like you can still have a cool swagger and still get warm booty without all the mean-mugging and gangster thuggin'. Even his more relaxed visage on the cover works much better than the wrenched up face I've seen on his other album covers. His image and his lyrics seem to project a more natural Snoop -- a perfect image since being laid back comes natural to him.
As far as the five iffy tracks on this album -- whatever. You still have 16 really solid tracks remaining. I hope this isn't our last Snoop album. If anything I think this is proof that Snoop and Doc in the studio one more time will give us another good hit of the Chronic before the Detox.
The disrespect from Lil' Snoop is the catalyst for Snoop Dogg's latest album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. The title naturally comes from his affiliation to his former gang the Crips who get their own song on the Neptunes produced 10 Lil' Crips. To give his advisories equal airtime, Snoop brings in The Game, a Blood to spit a couple verses on Gangbangin' 101. Longtime producer Dr. Dre shows up behind the boards on four songs and Dre's old running mate Ice Cube drops a couple verses on LAX. And no Snoop album would be complete without a hook from Nate Dogg who lends his trademark baritone for Crazy while Tha Dogg Pound and Kurupt also show up on the album. New collaborators the Neptunes actually deliver a banging track, one of the few this year, and is only heightened by having B-Real of Cypress Hill on the hook.
Snoop Eastwood embraces the new school too as he brings in Akon, who seems to show up on all rap songs lately despite having a voice that sounds like nails on a chalk board, for two songs but he's not as bad as the sorry Jamie Foxx appearance. Damien Marley brings some dancehall to the Timbaland produced Get a Light, another stand out track. Snoop also brings in a catchphrase maker in his own right E-40 for Candy but the two can do much better than the over obvious double entendres that show up on Candy. And regardless of his falling out with Jay-Z, tha Doggfather still collaborates with R. Kelly, straight from the closet, for That's That (Expletive Deleted) which humorously samples the best line from Coming to America.
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment though is way too long at seventy-eight minutes. Plenty of mediocre tracks could have been cut to make a much more complete hour length album. Then they stuck some of the best track at the end including the introspective Imagine which sees Dre step out from behind the boards and takes the mike and D'Angelo on the hook. For the closer, Snoop brings in the legendary Stevie Wonder to rework Have a Talk with God into Conversations. So many rappers sneak in a religious song at the end of their albums, imagine is one would fill up a album with songs like this instead of re-treading the "G" that has overtaken the genre foe over fifteen years.
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.
This cd is certainly not all gold, but its a far better reach to the old days then anything hes dropped since his "no limit" run began.
It's got more then enough tracks for old school fans to find a few hot cuts no matter what you like. And maybe new fans will like all the stars who joined in on this album, though personally I would like to see about 1/2 of them cut. The simple fact is snoop only needs DRE to make pure gold and the song "Imagine" proves it. That song alone makes this album worth the 10 dollars I spent.
So if you used to like snoop then please, BUY THIS. You'll get your money's worth and finally be able to play some new snoop while you roll around town.