Snoop Dogg leaves much of his gang-banging past behind him in favor of preened pimp posturing on his final album for No Limit Records, The Last Meal. Snoop's increasingly old-school pose suits his gracefully aging self well. Despite his former affiliation with Death Row Records and his much-publicized murder trial, Snoop never seemed like much of a thug, which is partly why hostile albums like Tha Doggfather (1996) and Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told (1998) seemed a bit forced. Contrarily, it seems more natural for him to rap about the pampered pimp life, as he does here on The Last Meal -- tall glasses of Hennesey, glistening pairs of Stacey Adams, overcast clouds of chronic smoke, hungry hordes of so-called bitches -- over truck-rattling G-funk basslines that lope along at a languid tempo. These impressive beats come courtesy of a similarly impressive roster of producers: second-wave G-funksters Meech Wells, Battlecat, Jelly Roll, and Soopafly, and brand-name hitmakers Dr. Dre, Scott Storch, and Timbaland. Among this roster, Timbaland certainly stands out, as do his contributions, "Snoop Dogg (What's My Name, Pt. 2)" and "Set It Off," which place Snoop in an uncharacteristically energetic context. He handles himself well on these bouncy songs regardless, yet seems more at home on Dre's smoother contributions, "Hennesey n Buddah" and "Lay Low." Beyond these four tracks, the remaining 15 are a mixed bag, most of them Crip-walking along at a stoned tempo, featuring soulful P-Funk hooks by Kokane and offering laid-back respite while this lengthy album moves leisurely toward its throwback album-capper, "Y'all Gone Miss Me." Following this misty-eyed finale, you're left with the thankful sense that Snoop has finally taken control of his career after succumbing to the oppressive fancy of Suge Knight and Master P ever since parting ways with Dr. Dre following Doggystyle (1993).
Performance CreditsSnoop Dogg Primary Artist
Lady of Rage Background Vocals
Jimmy Roach Bass,Guitar
Nate Dogg Background Vocals
Traci Nelson Background Vocals
LaTonya Holmes Background Vocals
Mica Fisher Background Vocals
Technical CreditsMick Jagger Composer
Master P Executive Producer
Dr. Dre Producer
Snoop Dogg Liner Notes,Reissue Executive Producer
Evren Göknar Reissue Remastering
Keith Richards Composer
Meech Wells Producer
Jelly Roll Producer
Carlos Stephens Producer
Frank Collura Reissue Producer
Fred Wreck Engineer,Pro-Tools
Calvin Broadus Composer
Senator Jimmy D Engineer
Colin Jahn Art Direction
Casey Wilson Producer
Aman Chaudhary Coloring
Kristine L. McCullen Reissue Design
Michael Elizondo Producer
Matt D'amico Reissue Producer
Clarence "Jimmy" Roach Producer
Daryl "Cuzzin Joe Cool" Daniel Illustrations
Rikki Higgins International Coordination
Studio Tone Producer
Maggie Schmidt Art Direction
Scott Storch Composer,Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tha Last Meal based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
This is one of my all time favorite cds of all time. A good cd to me is a cd that you can listen to all the tracks and you don't have to skip any songs and with this cd that is possible. Track after track will keep your head moving. Also featuring some of the greatest artist around right now such as Nate Dogg, Kurrupt, The Eastsidaz, Master P and more. My favorite song on the CD is ''Leave me alone'' or ''Set if off.'' Set it off features Eve, Ice cube, mc rhen and nate dogg. This is a CD for any fan of rap, even if you dont like rap I think you will enjoy this CD.
Smooth as can be with this lp. Big Snoop flows straight ol'g with this piece. Love the bangin ''Snoop Dogg'' song, it has one tight azz beat. Please pick this album if you want to hear another classic.
this cd is off the hizzel my nizzel. once again snoop dogg is back with is smooth rhymin with the help of Dr.Dre. BUY THIS AT ALL COSTS
This is a great album from Snoop!! It sounds great, and shows Snoop is still #1. It even has a track in which Master P say thank you to Snoop for all he has done for No Limit, and even though this is ''Tha Last Meal'' it's not tha last deal. Hopefuly this means P & Snoop will continue to work together. Be sure to buy this cd, & not download or get a burned copy of it, Snoop deserves that much.
I have all of snoop's albums and was really looking forward to this one, especially after Top Dogg which was blazing. However, once I heard this one, I was left wondering what had gone wrong. Dre's production here is mediocore, which was surprising after hearing his tight production off of X-zibits Rrestless LP. The only two good songs here were True Lies andLay Low, both which Dre produced, but Lay Low wasn't up to par with the stuff we are used to from the docc. Also, it is too bad Daz and Snoop don't get along, he could have produced some stuff here as well as Soopafly to make this a balanced album. Meech wells and Battlecat are too generic, that is, there beats are below average. Snoop's flow is great here though. Then, there is Kokane...People either love him or hate him on this album. And he is all over the sucker. I despised Kokane's whiny, worse than scratching on a blackboard, hooks. Snoop should have not put him on so many tracks. Timbaland's production isn't that great either, his previous efforts on Th e Lox's Ryde Or Die Chick and his own We At it Again are way better. No one is a better reviewer than yourself when deciding what you would like, so I would suggest listening to it first, then deciding and if you like what you hear than hook it up. I will be listening to doggy style, topp dogg and dead man walkin'.
ITS ALL ABOUT RAP&HIP POP MUSIC THIS IS THE KIND OFF MUSIC I LOVE TO HEAR AND THE REST OFF THE MUSIC CAN REST IN PEACE 6 FT. DEEP WITHOUT RAP AND HIP POP THEY IS ANYTHING .
ive got all snoops albums and i still stand by my opinion that doggystyle is his best work, although this album comes extremely close. After doggystyle i think snoop released a string of poor sounding albums with none of the flair we had previously heard on doggystyle but on the last meal we hear snoop getting back to his cool self. Snoop manages to bring back that G-funk style that we all thought was gone for good, the allready classic whats my name part 2 is fabulous, in some ways it beats the original with its relaxed beat and snoops fresh rhyme its one of the highlights of the album, a few other top tracks on the last meal are stacey adams, lay low, loosen control and ya'll gonna miss me but all the tracks are exellent. The last meals is a top album its features sum classy production, from the infamous dr dre and timbaland to the less recognized but equaly talented jelly roll and battlecat. The tracks are dope and i would definately recomend it to anyone.
If it's either his looks, phat beat or style you've got to admire the Dogg.Tha Last Meal is Snoop's most anticipated album since Doggystyle. His dope beats make this the rap album of the summer. So if u chillin' with your friends or having a party this is a must buy album.Masta P knew what he was doing when he hired Snoop. This C.D. is just more proof that the D-o-double-g is still at the topp of his game.Betta believe it!!!!!
As always Snoop has demonstrated to be one of the best artist out there..peace
Snoop Dogg is definetely is at his best in this album.
Snoop has done it agian by pleasing all his fans across the nation . His CD is a master peice , work of art . So if you enjoy listening to music that will get you ''krunked up '' this is the one .