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No Limit Top Dogg
     

No Limit Top Dogg

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by Snoop Dogg
 

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The second album to come out of Snoop's fortuitous association with Master P's No Limit dynasty has him sounding ruffer than ever. Refreshingly retro, TOP DOGG replaces the boilerplate bounce of most No Limit productions with a sleeker sound rooted in the laid-back G-ride and classic funk samples of Snoop's first outings with

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The second album to come out of Snoop's fortuitous association with Master P's No Limit dynasty has him sounding ruffer than ever. Refreshingly retro, TOP DOGG replaces the boilerplate bounce of most No Limit productions with a sleeker sound rooted in the laid-back G-ride and classic funk samples of Snoop's first outings with Dr. Dre. "Buck 'Em" sees Dre complement Snoop's elastic drawl with the minimalist beats and dark guitar samples he used on Eminem's SLIM SHADY LP, while cuts like "Buss D'Rocks" and "Gangsta Ride" will bring back fond (if foggy) memories of the days of gin and juice. Most entertaining are Snoop's homages to his vocal hero Slick Rick: the Cinderella spoof "Snoopafella" and "G Bedtime Stories" are hilarious story raps that, along with some wacked-out cameos from the No Limit goon squad (Mistikal, Silkk the Shocker, C-Murder), add lightness and levity to the deepest, most bumpin' record he's made in years.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As time keeps on slipping into the future, it becomes apparent that Master P's greatest gift is marketing, particularly when his advertising masquerades as liner notes. Witness P's work for Snoop Dogg, once considered the brightest rapper of the '90s but now merely a general in the No Limit army. The Master began plugging Top Dogg, Snoop's second No Limit release, in the liners for his label debut, even mentioning a release date only months away. Clearly, Snoop had indeed been placed on the No Limit production line, and there was every indication that from now on, Snoop would churn out moderately enjoyable, Dirty South-lite records crammed with cameos and appropriated hooks. Turns out he had a trick up his sleeve, because Top Dogg is about as individualized an album as possible under the No Limit precepts. Since the outset of his career, Snoop has shown a fondness for early-'80s synth funk, and for the first time, he lets that form the basis of an album. And while there may be a bit too much recycling for some tastes, the end result isn't just the freshest-sounding Snoop album since his debut, it's easily the freshest-sounding No Limit album. Unfortunately, it's still a No Limit album, which means it runs way too long and is filled with superfluous, even irritating cameos, and also that Snoop is content to haul out low-rent gangsta clichés. Since he's a gifted rapper, he makes the dope 'n' crimes, sex 'n' violence rhymes go down easily (compare his delivery to some of his guests if you have any doubts), but his lyrics just aren't as clever as they were five years earlier. But records don't have to be deep; they can be appreciated as a pure sonic experience, and taken on that level, Top Dogg satisfies.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/1999
Label:
Priority Records
UPC:
0049925005226
catalogNumber:
50052
Rank:
32099

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Snoop Dogg   Primary Artist
Dr. Dre   Track Performer
Warren G   Track Performer
Stevie Blacke   Strings
Mystikal   Track Performer
Suga Free   Track Performer
Raphael Saadiq   Track Performer
Mia   Track Performer
Xzibit   Track Performer
Nate Dogg   Track Performer
Fiend   Track Performer
C-Murder   Track Performer
Silkk the Shocker   Track Performer
Sylk-E. Fyne   Track Performer
Sticky Fingaz   Track Performer
Goldie Loc   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dwayne Cornelius   Engineer

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No Limit Top Dogg 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ICPForever101 More than 1 year ago
amazing from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Album is great, one of the best cds ever to be put out on No Limit, this cd shows all of you that thought Snoop fell off when he left Tha Row that hes back and still on top. Signing Snoop was one of the best bussiness decisions Master P ever made. Much love to the No Limit Army, and Tha Row.