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Snoop Dogg – Ego Trippin’ March 2, 2008

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Snoop Dogg, for me, has been one of the most consistent hip-hop artists out there at the moment and always seems to deliver albums of quality with singles that end up having big impacts on the charts such as, in recent times, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “That’s That Shit”. Snoop again doesn’t disappoint with this, his ninth album of his career “Ego Trippin'”. After the initial success of the first single from this album “Sexual Eruption” (titled “Sensual Seduction” in the edited version) which featured the quite brilliant old skool video as seen below, it seemed possible that Snoop Dogg would go back to experimenting with different genres such as R’n’B and soul/funk as was the case with the album “R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece” as opposed to the straight out gangster-rap work of his previous LP “Tha Blue Carpet Treatment”.

For some part, this is true – the track “Cool” is a straight out nostalgic funk tune with a buzzing beat and “My Medicine” is a tribute to Johnny Cash which crosses into the Country genre with a classic folk guitar lining the entire track. Not with the best results it has to be said. Also, with no Dre productions in this release you’d be worried about whether this album would turn out to be another experiment in genre-crossing with mixed results. Luckily though this doesn’t turn out to be the case as a series of producers including Teddy Riley, Rick Ross and DJ Quik (who also reportedly mixed the entire album) helm the desks to keep Snoop close to his gangster-rap roots. The Neptunes also lend a hand to produce one of the tracks that I will share with you now which seems tailor-made to be another single released. It features the typical head-knocking beat as you’d expect from the Neptunes, and Pharrell’s rhythmic ad libs lining the hook.

Snoop Dogg – Set’s Up (Feat. Pharrell)
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This second track has a fun, juvenile sound to it which knocks well and also seems one like a track that is enjoyable enough to cross into different audiences if ever released as a single.

Snoop Dogg – Deez Hollywood Nights
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R.A. The Rugged Man February 25, 2008

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This dude is one crazy mofo. Both mentally and the skills he has on the mic. )R.A. is a hip-hop artist who has one of the best flows I’ve ever heard from a rapper. Some of his tracks have literally left me with my jaw dropped. I’m going to share a few now with you that will no doubt give you the same reaction. People may be slightly familiar with him after he did a track with The Notorious B.I.G which was aptly titled “The Cunt Renaissance” and featured lines from R.A. such as “I’ll rip your cunts out with spoons”…yep, one crazy mofo. His claim to fame is that when Biggie was asked what he thought of R.A. during an interview, he simply responded with “I thought I was the illest”.

The first track I’m gonna share with you is called “Lessons” from his first and currently only album titled “Die, Rugged Man, Die”. This track is just an introduction to him where he spits about his life and the current state of his career, along with his brushes with fame including meeting the Neptunes before they blew up, chilling with Mobb Deep and witnessing Biggie break a toilet in a studio while “boning a bitch in the bathroom“:

R.A. the Rugged Man – Lessons
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This track is from the same album and features two other artists. The beat comes from a producer called Ayatollah and is great. R.A’s verse starts at 53 seconds so if you don’t want to listen to the whole track, you owe it to yourself just to check out his verse:

R.A. the Rugged Man – Chains
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And finally, this track is from an album which featured the Wu-Tang Clan members collaborating with various artists and is the one that left me with my jaw dropped to the lowest level. His flow is quite simply insane, and once again, even if you aren’t a fan of hip-hop, you will no doubt appreciate his rhythm and complex internal rhymes:

J-Live and R.A. The Rugged Man – Give It Up
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