Album Review: Snoop Dogg – Bush

Bush by Snoop Dogg

#aotd is Bush by Snoop Dogg. This album is much more funk than the hip-hop sound we have come to expect from Snoop- actually hold up. What have we come to expect from Snoop Dogg? Sure he certainly made his name as a Hip-Hop artist but is that really what you can call Snoop Doggy Dogg in 2015? A Hip-Hop artist? No way. Snoop Dogg in 2015 is a cultural icon, a caricature of what it means to be chilled-out and to truly do whatever you want. So what does Snoop bring on this new album “Bush”? In short, fuck all, but he isn’t the star of this show by any means. The real pro on this album is Pharrell, whose amazingly crisp and funky production makes this album one of the most polarizing listening experiences I have ever had. On one hand, there is this awesome funky production which makes songs like “Peaches and Cream” and “So Many Pros” such memorable jams but on the other hand Snoop Dogg delivers constant half-assed flows and awful lyrics. It feels like Pharrell slaved away at this album trying to make it sound as crisp and appealing as possible and Snoop was like “thanks bruh” then just smashed out his bars in like 20 minutes with a smoke break. Snoop’s charisma is entertaining when he is actually rapping but most of the time he is singing and I don’t think you need me to tell you Snoop Dogg isn’t a very rad singer. The guests on this album are decent for the most part, with Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder and Charlie Wilson all being used to great effect but Gwen Stefani and Snoop Dogg’s duet track “Run Away” is easily the worst thing on here because of the total lack of chemistry or enthusiasm from both performers. If you can switch your brain off for a while I recommend this album just because of the great instrumentals but don’t go into this looking for a Snoop Dogg album because his performance cripples the entire experience.
Rating: 2.6/5

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