Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle” Album Celebrates 20 Years

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November 23, 1993: The rap game was changed forever as then named “Snoop Doggy Dogg” released a West Coast Staple and Hip-Hop classic titled “Doggystyle”. A whole new movement and way of life was being represented in hip-hop and the energy behind this album and the Death Row engine was one of a kind and possibly nothing quite like it will ever be seen again.

Raunchy, Rude, Explicit, Violent, SUPER GANGSTER! The Doggystyle album was truly a 1 of 1 for its time and present day all you have is a lot of cats trying to capture what was in this album.

Gin and Juice, Murder Was The Case, Who Am I [What’s My Name] and Ain’t No Fun  were are some of the biggest records in Hip-Hop and content wise some of the most unlikely radio smashes but it was indeed accomplished.

Snoop’s signature flow, the videos and phrases like  “You don’t love me, you just love my Doggystyle” along with Dr. Dre’s production makes Doggystyle hands down one of the best solo debut albums EVER! Snoop was the cool sounding dude that you KNEW your parents wouldn’t let you listen to…but on the low…They bumping it SUPER HARD as soon as you leave.

With all due respect to N.W.A and Ice-T, I have to say, In my world, True Gangsta Rap starts with Snoop’s debut. Snoop was the first cat to pick a side [Red or Blue], rep a flag [Blue, Crip] and stand on it and bring it to mainstream media [Threw up the fork EVERY CHANCE he got]. Let’s be honest a lot of cats was repping Crip on the low or trying to really be about real Cripping because of Snoop and this album. Let’s also not forget it was Snoop that Brought the Chronic, 40’s, Flannels, Dickie’s and Chucks to “The Chronic” Album….Doggystyle was the Chronic of steroids! Also lets be clear, Snoop was the anchor of Death Row. Pac was already out and making hit records and B.I.G hadn’t dropped Ready To Die yet. Snoop is the original reason why the West Coast was considered a real threat to EVERYBODY in music on wax or in the streets once he broke onto the scene.

Respect to Snoop Dogg..The first Superstar Gangsta on Wax. Doggystyle is a must for any collection and was released, accepted and respected in a time when the West Coast wasn’t really considered a  Powerhouse in Hip-Hop and it changed the landscape of Hip-Hop Music Forever.

 

 

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