Paid tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$

Paid tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$

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by Snoop Dogg

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With his latest disc, hip-hop's most lovable gangsta, Snoop Dogg, proclaims that he's Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss. He beat a murder rap, escaped the clutches of friend-turned-foe Suge Knight's Death Row Records, and had a brief stint on Master P's No Limit label, but now Snoop is steering his own ship. The canine rapper celebrates his new artistic freedom with


With his latest disc, hip-hop's most lovable gangsta, Snoop Dogg, proclaims that he's Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss. He beat a murder rap, escaped the clutches of friend-turned-foe Suge Knight's Death Row Records, and had a brief stint on Master P's No Limit label, but now Snoop is steering his own ship. The canine rapper celebrates his new artistic freedom with perhaps his most ambitious album to date. Surprisingly, the disc (which was executive-produced by Snoop) doesn't include any tracks by his mentor Dr. Dre. Dre's shoes are ably filled by the Neptunes, DJ Premier, Hi-Tek, and others, who weave a masterful mix of G-funk and old-school soul and hard-hittin', East Coast–flavored tracks. Highlights include the playa's ballad "Ballin'," which features the legendary R&B group the Dramatics, and "Beautiful," on which a refreshed, freestyle-sounding Snoop rhymes over the Neptunes' sunny synth chords and a cameo from Gap Band frontman Charlie Wilson bumps up the chorus. The disc is a little long at 20 songs, but Snoop sounds like he was having too much fun making the record -- which includes guest shots from Jay-Z, Ludacris, Redman, and his Long Beach brethren Nate Dogg and Warren G. -- to think about editing. While he is obviously large and in charge, Snoop should have used some self-restraint on the funky "Pimp Slapp'd," on which he disses Suge Knight and his former homie Kurupt. But for the sake of rap fans, who have lost far too many of their heroes to senseless violence, let's hope this is one battle that stays on wax.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Though Snoop Dogg never slipped from the charts, Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ smacks of a comeback, and it's a great one. After finally being released from No Limit (he's still distributed by Priority), Snoop Dogg drafted a set of great producers for his sixth album, as well as a varied cast of featured guests capable of drawing in just about every segment of the hip-hop audience. Still one of the smoothest rappers around and the bemused observer of all around him, he slips on the tried and true pimp and godfather personas, but also has the nerve to feature an X-rated sex romp ("Lollipop," with Jay-Z and Nate Dogg) directly after a tender anthem to love and marriage ("I Believe in You") -- and sound extremely convincing with both. The pair of tracks produced by the Neptunes ("From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" and "Beautiful") are the highlights, two of the best they've done since their commercial breakout. Hardcore fans of rap, though, will want to skip ahead to "The One and Only" for a perfect meld of West Coast and East Coast -- the first meeting of Snoop and DJ Premier on wax. (Premier also turns in a hilariously cartoonish production for "Batman & Robin.") Yes, there are a few missteps: The G-funk roll on a few tracks sounds a little dated, and Bootsy Collins impersonator Mr. Kane makes a few embarrassing appearances ("Stoplight" is a bland, unnecessary update of Parliament's "Flashlight"). And two other remakes sound OK, but won't have a long shelf life. The first is virtually a cover of Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full" called "Paper'd Up," and it's immediately followed by a redo of Robert Palmer's Jam & Lewis anthem "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" ("Wasn't Your Fault"). You've got to be a strong figure to keep together an album this long and this rangy, but Snoop Dogg is up to the task.
Rolling Stone
At once fly, fierce and skilled, he's a purebred off the leash. Anthony Bozza
Vibe - Matt Diehl
1/2 His wordplay is still as nimble and quick as ever, giving the beats a beat down with newfound urgency.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Snoop Dogg   Primary Artist
Jelly Roll   Background Vocals
Ronnie King   Hammond Organ
Marlon Williams   Guitar,Musician
Fredwreck Nassar   Flute,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
B Real   Conga
Christian Olde Wolbers   Bass
Eric Johnson   Bass
Traci Nelson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Sholar   Guitar
Mamie Gunn   Background Vocals
Shy Felder   Vocals,Background Vocals
Brian Horton   Flute
E-White   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Snoopy Collins   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

L.J. Reynolds   Contributor
DJ Hi-Tek   Producer
Dave Aron   Engineer
Ron Banks   Contributor
Keith Clark   Producer
DJ Premier   Producer
E-Swift   Producer
Meech Wells   Producer
Robin Hill   Sample Clearance
Jelly Roll   Producer
L.T. Hutton   Producer
Fredwreck Nassar   Producer
Eric Roinestad   Art Direction
Pharrell Williams   Instrumentation
Neptunes   Producer
Chad Hugo   Instrumentation
Battlecat   Producer
Nancie Stern   Sample Clearance
J. Smith   Producer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Joe Ceballos   Coloring
James Rainey   Sample Clearance
Josef Leimberg   Producer

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Paid tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$ 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ICPForever101 More than 1 year ago
this music rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This must be the best Snoop Dogg album since Doggystyle, all together a mellow album, some pumpin beats but this is a album u can chill to in ur room, dream away and wish to god u had some chronic! Snoop delivers some awsome rhymes, one thing that i missed was Dr.Dre, thoug they had some beef, nothing can beat a Dre&Snoop combo. Well, after listing to the album one time this is my review!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of Snoop's best. The only thing missing is that Dre wasnt on the album. He'll always sound like a dope rapper no matter how old he gets. Best songs r "Long Beach 2 Brick City", "Spotlight" and "From tha Chuuch to tha palace".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the cd wuz PIMP'D OUT.From Tha Chuuuh To Da Palace Iz Da Best song because of tha Ghetto Beats.I gave 5 starz.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mmm...a new Snoop album without the help of Dr Dre or Master P! I have always been a big fan of Snoopy and this album more than confirms my belief...that he is still up there as one of the top ten greats, past and present. Many have said this is his greatest work since Doggystyle - not true! It is as good as Doggystyle, but he has also done great things since his official debut. As with this latest effort, Tha Doggfather represented a departure from working with Dr Dre and, whilst I rate the good doctor very highly, I think that album was Snoop at his purest and best. Tha Cost is excellent, no doubt about it. Whilst they make a great team, I believe it is Snoop who will have the greater clout in years to come. He has his corporate head on and it seems to suit him very well indeed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the WORST Snoop CD's ever made. He totally did a 360 and went from Gangsta to this whack 70's Pimp style. His rhyming is not there, his beats never even were there. It's just whack. I don't recommend this CD to anyone. Stick to Doggystyle. That was a masterpiece....
Guest More than 1 year ago
a small change for snoop dizell which is good for his tenure. tracks with pharrell definately moving them from 8 to 80 blind cripple and carazy! add it to your stacks if you got em!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought Doggystyle back in 97 (yes, many years after its release), I was completely blown away at the talent of this man and his flow is silky smooth yet so powerful. I have followed his career ever since then, watching him turn from gangsta (Doggystyle) to sell-out (The Game is to be Sold Not to be Told) to pop (pretty much everything else) and now he's finally back at the level he wants and deserves. This album is definitely the Snoop he wanted to be, and you can tell that he had fun making this album. There is also a lighter sense in his voice, like 10 years of burdens lifted off his shoulders as he now raps with the freedom of his own label, pace, and cost. There is only one song that sucks (but I'm not sure which one, because I only listen to this in my car, so I when I hear it start, I skip it. I think it's 16), and Dre is missing. Other than that, this album is perfect. "One and Only" is my favorite song. I dare say "Pimp Slapp'd" is pretty bold, dissing Suge Knight and Kurupt (and I think Xzibit, too, but I wouldn't know why). Snoop has definitely paid the cost to be the boss.