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Snoop Dogg – Ego Trippin’: Album Review
Written by The Theorist (K.E.H.)   

hip-hop reviews Blending old-school soul samples, contemporary R&B vocals, live instruments, and chest-banging drums, Snoop Dogg’s ninth album weaves music like Beethoven’s masterpiece—the Ninth Symphony. In the intro to this 21-track epic Snoop said, “The only thing I love the most is making music.”  He wasn’t kidding.


Thanks to his talented all-star team, including writers and producers like Prince, Teddy Riley, Terrance Martin, Raphael Saadiq, Snoop pulls out R&B scores like, “Waste Of Time,” while the country-sounding track “My Medicine” will have Garth Brooks asking Snoop to pass the mic.
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After the low-key street vibe “Neva Have 2 Worry” where Snoop drops some “real” commentary about himself with a melodic swagger, and “Cool,” a Prince-like throwback to the 80s, Snoop takes us to the club with “Sets Up.” Warning: This beat will make you do the things you only do in front of your mirror.

Contrary to typical images, the gentleman in Snoop is revealed when he humbly confessed, “I miss your breakfast in the morning” in the affectionate song “Why Did You Leave Me.” But Snoop isn’t getting all teary-eyed; he reminds us that he “Can’t Say Goodbye” to the blocks and streets that made him. His patriotism to the hood is accompanied with delicate piano phrases on top of swelling string arrangements and uplifting gospel-esque background vocals to end the album like an inspired Sunday morning service.

Rooted in Hip Hop, Ego Trippin’ is filled with the language of the streets—which unfortunately means there are words off-limits to minors among other justified gripes from parents and teachers. But keep in mind that this album steps forward musically and follows the path of an artist in love with music.

Download:  “SD Is Out”  “Neva Have 2 Worry” “Sets Up”  “Deez Hollywood Nights” “Can’t Say Goodbye”

 

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