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<See more details below

Overview

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

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602498648414
catalogNumber:
000376302
Rank:
28097

Tracks

  1. (Intro) I Love to Give You Light  - Snoop Dogg
  2. Bang Out  - Snoop Dogg
  3. Drop It Like It's Hot
  4. Can I Get a Flicc Witchu/Every Dogg Has His Day (Interlude)  - Bootsy Collins
  5. Ups & Downs  - Snoop Dogg
  6. The Bidness  - Snoop Dogg
  7. Snoop D.O. Double G  - Snoop Dogg
  8. Let's Get Blown  - Snoop Dogg
  9. Step Yo Game Up  -  Trina
  10. Perfect  - Charlie Wilson
  11. Wballz (Interlude)  - Snoop Dogg
  12. Fresh Pair of Panties On  - Snoop Dogg
  13. Promise I/Say What Again (Interlude)  - Snoop Dogg
  14. Oh No  - 50 Cent
  15. Can U Control Yo Hoe  -  Soopafly
  16. Signs  - Justin Timberlake
  17. I'm Threw Witchu  -  Soopafly
  18. Pass It Pass It  - Snoop Dogg
  19. Girl Like U  -  Nelly
  20. No Thang on Me  - Bootsy Collins

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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
Sean Cooper   Sound Design
Chad Hugo   Composer
J.K. Simmons   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
Mister Cartoon   Logo Illustration
Nate Oberman   Engineer
Mike Chav   Engineer

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