The Score: Snoop Dogg, "Doggumentary"

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 1:50PM

Written by J. Bachelor

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LA Times 3/4
Spin Magazine 5/10
Soul Culture 3/5
Planet Ill 2.5/5
The 411 7/10

Proving that every dog does indeed have its day, rap veteran Snoop Dogg has chosen this day to release his 11th studio album, Doggumentary.

Snoop's latest offering will go head-to-head against fellow weed champion Wiz Khalifa's  album, entitled Rolling Papers, which also hits stores today.

Spending two decades in the game, accumulating legendary status, dropping numerous albums and a line of 'adult entertainment' DVDs, its hard to imagine Snoop Dogg still having a hunger to create a new album in 2011. His latest offering, Doggumentary, stands as the Dogg Father's 11th studio album and is the sequel to 1993's classic Doggystyle. Going through his prestigious catalog, you'll be hard to find an album without any notable highlights. But will there be enough vintage Snoop performances on hand to ensure the follow-up to one of Hip Hops seminal albums goes without disappointment? (Soul Culture)

Snoop assembled a team of certified hitmakers to handle production for The Doggumentary.

Setting the bar high, Snoop Dogg considers his 2011 release Doggumentary the sequel to his classic 1993 debut album, Doggystyle. The album features production from the likes of Swizz Beatz, DJ Khalil, and Scott Storch.(Future Shop)

Artists such as Young Jeezy, R. Kelly and West Coast wordsmith E-40 were called in to work alongside The Doggfather.

To its credit and detriment, Snoop's 11th studio album takes this big-tent approach. In addition to cameos from R. Kelly, Young Jeezy and E-40, Wiz Khalifa, and Devin the Dude, there's even a T-Pain-aided synth-rap that samples "The Situation" by Yazoo. Yet the most prominent collaborator is Parliament/Funkadelic legend Bootsy Collins, who appears on two tracks and in the process provides an artistic compass.(LA Times)

Late last year, Snoop leaked the single, "Wet", in anticipation of performing the track at a pre-marriage celebration for Prince William.

There have been rumors that Prince William would like rapper Snoop Dogg to perform at his bachelor party; if such talk turns out to be true, Snoop is ready. The rapper has a new song that he says is fit for the prince. "When I heard the royal family wanted to have me perform in celebration of Prince William's marriage, I knew I had to give them a little something," the rapper said. "'Wet' is the perfect anthem for Prince William or any playa to get the club smokin'." (Wall Street Journal)

Critics agree that although Uncle Snoop is one of very few hip-hop artists that can successfully blend gangster with pop, Doggumentary struggles to recapture the bite that made the flow of his earlier years seem like a walk in the park.

Doggumentary is as indistinct an album as Snoop has ever crafted. It shows not an ounce of growth, and uses its slick production as a subterfuge to mask just how uninspired it all is. It's not without its moments, but they are too few and far between to truly recommend this album to anyone but lifelong fans. Doggumentary serves as a reminder that Snoop has long entered that dreaded stretch of his career where he merely goes through the motions slavishly while relying on past achievements and notoriety.(Planet Ill)
After finishing all 21 tracks, the album is somewhat inconsistent which is fitting as Snoop tries to take us through his career, which has had its shares of ups and downs. Snoop drops a lot of mediocre tracks but also provides some great bangers in the form of "Boom" and "Gangbang Rookie". He also experiments with his sounds which sometimes works and sometimes is disastrous. It is a good thing that Snoop changed the title from Doggystyle 2, as fans of the original would have been disappointed, with this album being less gangsta and more G-funk/pop friendly. The album works for what it is and that is a toned down, more mass marketable Snoop Dogg, so the majority of his fans will likely still be waiting for the day when he finally returns to that original, more gangsta doggy-style of rapping.(411 Mania)

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