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R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

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by Snoop Dogg

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Snoop Dogg has evolved from a gangsta rapper facing murder charges to an affable actor, entrepreneur, and all-around ghetto-fabulous celebrity. Despite his extracurricular activities, however, Snoop can only stay away from the recording studio for about as long as he can stop smoking weed. Thus, he delivers his seventh album, Rhythm and Gangster: The Masterpiece<


Snoop Dogg has evolved from a gangsta rapper facing murder charges to an affable actor, entrepreneur, and all-around ghetto-fabulous celebrity. Despite his extracurricular activities, however, Snoop can only stay away from the recording studio for about as long as he can stop smoking weed. Thus, he delivers his seventh album, Rhythm and Gangster: The Masterpiece, executive-produced by the Neptunes, who also helmed 2002's Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$, which spawned the melodic hit "Beautiful." This time around, the Neptunes place their otherworldly production stamp throughout, most effectively on the space-age beat box of "Drop It Like It's Hot." Only Snoop, who like his Huggy Bear character in the big-screen version of Starsky & Hutch suitably fashions himself a faux pimp, could wax philosophical about his blessings on "Ups & Downs" and then just a few tracks later engage in gutter sex talk on the Lil Jon–produced "Step Yo Game Up." Rhythm and Gangster isn't quite a masterpiece, but thanks to an eclectic array of guest collaborators -- including rap brethren 50 Cent and Nelly, funk pioneer Bootsy Collins, and pop stars Justin Timberlake and the Bee Gees -- it's certainly a lot of fun. Alvin Aqua Blanco

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Internet leakers caused the release of R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece to be pushed up a week, but that just means the world got to bask in the excitement of Snoop's great return for seven extra days. Upon its release, the ultrahot production team the Neptunes' contribution to the killer lead single "Drop It Like It's Hot" had been duly noted, but lost in all the chatter was how inspired and on-fire Snoop sounds. Any fan keeping up with his street-level mixtape series Welcome to the Chuuch could tell you something new and fresh was brewing, and 2002's Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ was excellent, but Snoop's let his fans down before and two years off could mean trouble. Not to be, since Rhythm & Gangsta is right up there with his best while being riskier than anything before it. New sounds like tongue clicks, smooth jazz guitars, and a bit of Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle" give Snoop a brand-new sonic palette to work with, and he's more than ready for it. The up-tempo "Signs" with Justin Timberlake is glittery disco fun, but it ain't gonna keep Snoop from being himself. He's hardcore throughout the album, an album that's got plenty of street and commercial appeal and all the difficulties that comes with it. The numerous youngsters who can't stop singing "Drop It Like It's Hot" are going to freak their parents out with this one. "Can You Control Yo Hoe" is a tough stunner with an inescapable, loopy hook, but Snoop's challenge to the homies is rather disturbing. "If she won't do what you say, why aren't you slapping her?" is the song's direct message that can't be easily brushed off as metaphor, and it's the one that's gonna send mom and dad back to the record store, fuming! Recommending such an album that gets viciously misogynistic -- elsewhere too -- is difficult, but Snoop is fierce throughout Rhythm & Gangsta and putting "Masterpiece" in the title isn't hyperbole.

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Release Date:
Geffen Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Snoop Dogg   Primary Artist,Rap
DJ Pooh   Vocals
Treasure   Vocals
J.A. Black   Vocals
Ricky Harris   Vocals
Craig Love   Guitar
L.T. Hutton   Vocals
Soopafly   Vocals
Daz   Vocals
Anthony Donelson   Guitar
Ron Browz   Keyboards
Shon Don   Vocals
Kamasi Washington   Horn Section
Quaze   Percussion,Conga,Background Vocals
Keyshia Cole   Vocals
Mike Chav   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Arrington   Composer
Snoop Dogg   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
B. Collins   Composer
L. Jane Givens   Composer
Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor   Composer
M. Jones   Composer
J. Peter Robinson   Art Direction
R. Simmons   Composer
K. Walker   Composer
Cam Wilson   Composer
J.A. Black   Composer
Priest Brooks   Composer
Steve Baughman   Engineer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
L.T. Hutton   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Soopafly   Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Alchemist   Producer,Audio Production
Neptunes   Audio Production
Chad Hugo   Composer
Warryn Campbell   Programming,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Anthony Mandler   Art Direction
Sha Money XL   Producer
James Todd Smith   Composer
Ron Browz   Producer
Shon Don   Engineer
Bruce Buechner   Engineer
J.C. Lopez   Composer
T. Martin   Composer
Black Jeruz   Producer
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Mister Cartoon   Logo Illustration
Nate Oberman   Engineer
Mike Chav   Engineer
Sean Cooper   Sound Design

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R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ICPForever101 More than 1 year ago
this music snoop dogg makes is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Snoop's best effort in a long time. Im really feelin the new album, and Snoop sounds fresh over some dope production. The sounds and vibe on "R & G" is like no other. Musically, this could be Snoops best album. Next to his debut "Doggystyle". - Chuuch
Guest More than 1 year ago
Snoop Dogg's CD to me, shows a better Snoop rapping and production wise. Now, with Star Trak; his music sounds more deeper and fitting Snoop's style of rapping perfectly. Overall, Snoop and Pharrell need keep the chemistry coming. My favorite songs are #'s 1-4 & 12.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the reason why it is so bad is that its produced by the neptunes. They tried to make sound like doggystyle with its g funk but they cant do that. only dr. dre can. drop it like its hot was a great song, so was step you game up. I dont understand why he put justin timberlake on the album. No one cares about a white guys in gangsta rap (cept for eminem and some others in the underground). If snoop reads this please call up dre and ask him to give some beats or join is record company. that way you can go back to the good ol days with that g funk bring another song like gin and juice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cant believe someone actually said this album wasnt tight!, Snoop shows hes very versatile with the old school beats and all, so I find it hard to knocc it, the dogg is still on top, and all these nay-sayers are just HATERS- stop hatin and gv props when props are due- you cant make the same music on every album, that shows no skills!!!-(ask master p, no limit, and cash money bout dat- ya heard!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's rare that I give albums 1s, but, wow, I really have to say that this album blows. What makes this album so bad is that it has too much R&B influence on it. If I remember correctly, Snoop Dogg was a RAPPER. Songs like "Let's Get Blown", "Ups & Downs", and "Perfect" just make you want to either snap the disc in half or throw it against a wall hoping that will shatter the disc. Even with "Drop It Like It's Hot", I still have to give this album a 1 out of 5 because it's just that bad. On some songs, Snoop actually gets as compassionate as Nelly, who he actually features (to my surprise) on "Girl Like U". An even bigger surprise is that he features Justin Timberlake, yes, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE on "Signs".What the hell happened to the classic Snoop that we all loved, the one who rapped about hood life with Dre? I'm pretty sure we all miss that Snoop. Whenever I think of this album, a few questions run through my mind: "Why the hell does he feature Nelly and Justin Timberlake? One pansy R&B singer/rapper, and a pop singer that no one likes? And he calls it 'Rhythm and GANGSTA.'" Something sad is that I can hardly finish listening to a song; usually I cut songs off in the middle of them. The only song I can entirely tollerate is "Drop It Like It's Hot". After listening to this album, I seriously feel like snapping this disc. God this album pisses me off. Anyone who's a fan of real hip hop will stay away from this album. I was actually listening to this garbage while typing this review. I could say more about this album, but I don't think anyone wants to read a 5 page essay on how bad something is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago