Snoop Dogg, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (Geffen, 2006)
Snoop's last album was 2004's Neptunes'd out R&G the Masterpiece. As I recall, it did well enough, but there may have been some concern that Snoop had gone soft after that shit he did with Justin Timberlake. Hence this follow-up finds Snoop rapping over harder-sounding beats and working with a wider palette of collaborators.
George Clinton mumbles some shit about smoking weed, and then Snoop spits a pretty retarded verse about all the blue shit he keeps in his house.
THINK ABOUT IT
Another intro of sorts. It's like one long verse, over some laid back, pimp-sounding shit. Snoop blazes it pretty hard, at least by Snoop standards.
This beat is a little creative for my liking, but Nate Dogg's chorus is his most inspired in ages. I about shit my pants the first time I heard him sing, "Walking doooown the avenuuuue."
The Neptunes-produced lead single, with B-Real as the Mexican fellow on the chorus. I'm still not that crazy about it, but I have come to appreciate the "run nigga, run" part. I find myself mumbling it to myself under my breath at the BGM.
One of the other singles - presumably, the one for the bitches. Not generally my kind of thing, but R Kelly's chorus is just brilliant and the beat kinda knocks for an R&B joint.
CANDY (DRIPPIN' LIKE WATER)
Sounds like something that got left off of the last E-40 album (complete with requisite Digable Planets sample). In a good way, of course.
GET A LIGHT
Surprisingly hard-sounding, in a Neptunes sort of way. I don't know that it fits so well with the more pop-ish first six tracks, and the Damian Marley's chorus is kinda retarded, but otherwise. . .
The one with the Game. Both Snoop and Teh Ghey go pretty hard on their verses, but this beat doesn't really do it for me at all. Kind of a waste of Game verse, IMHO.
Ah, Snoop Dogg over Dr. Dre production. It's like chocolate over peanut butter even when it's only kinda good. Nhjic.
The chorus for this is just retarded. You wish someone would stop these d-bags from fucking with Biggie's corpse like this.
10 LIL' CRIPS
The hardest Neptunes beat evar. So hard in fact it's actually kinda retarded. Snoop goes kinda "loco" on it though.
Holy crap, it's that Dido song Eminem sampled for "Stan!" (And, notably, not the classic Counting Crows record.) Um, why? Supposedly Dr. Dre is responsible for this.
A BITCH I KNEW
Kind of a retro West Coast vibe. Snoop raps about some broads he used to bang. This could've been left off of here.
A weed carriers track. Skip!
WHICH ONE OF YOU
This group, Nine Inch Dix, had a song on that Doggystyle Records compilation from a year or so ago that was fucking hilarious. I don't like this one as much, but it's basically the same kind of thing.
I WANNA FUCK YOU
The one with Akon, which has also been on the radio now for a minute. Best Akon record evar?
Somebody stop Jamie Foxx already.
BEAT UP ON YO PADS
What the fuck is this, a PSA for little league football? In the middle of the goddamn album? Why?
The Warzone, anyone? Me neither.
The one with Dr. Dre (rappin') and reclusive cracked out '90s R&B relic D'Angelo. The production is brilliant. I could've done without Dre's clumsy-sounding verse, but I'm a hater like that.
Somehow this manages to distill everything that is truly awful about Stevie Wonder's oeuvre. It's actually kinda impressive in a way.
COMMENTS: Tha Blue Carpet Treatment is kind of a mixed bag. It's got a solid core of pretty good songs, but it's over-long and the second half in particular gets bogged down with weed carrier beats and verses, and ill-advised song ideas. Still, the best 12 tracks on this > Kingdom Come.
BEST TRACKS: "That's That" "10 Lil' Crips" "I Wanna Fuck You"
BONUS VIDEO: Check out this clip for "That's That."