x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Snoop Dogg demonstrates why he's still strong two decades on

Released in the UAE to coincide with his concert on May 6, Snoop Dogg's Doggumentary album adds plenty of funk to his hip-hop style.

Snoop Dogg
(EMI Records)

It was last September that Snoop Dogg announced his 11th album would be the sequel to his groundbreaking debut Doggystyle. A few months later he scrapped the ambitious project, giving the album the stand-alone title of Doggumentary. A wise choice, as it is more a sprawling mixtape than his focused debut. With more than 20 producers and guest artists enlisted, this 21-track suite, released in the UAE this week to coincide with his concert on Yas Island, is a musical buffet, giving Snoop fans what they crave. G-Funk-era Snoop fans will be pleased with the opening salvo of Toyz N Da Hood, a largely instrumental funk workout led by Bootsy Collins, and the trunk-rattling bass of The Way Life Used to Be. Wonder What You Do, with its soulful, summery chorus by Uncle Chucc, continues Snoop's knack for finding a great pop hook. For the more experimental, try Wet. Its ebbing drums recall his previous hit Drop It Like It's Hot. Snoop acts more like a compère than the star of the show, allowing his guests a generous amount of time on the mic. But when he takes charge, as in We Rest in Cali, his silky drawl is a reminder of why he is still strong two decades on.

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