“DOGGYSTYLE” SNOOP DOGG’S FIRST ALBUM AT 28 YEARS OLD

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On that date, in 1993, Calvin Broadus Jr. aka Snoop Doggy Dogg released his highly anticipated debut album Doggystyle on Death Row Records. This is the first long-running project by a solo artist for the label, which builds on the success of Death Row’s latest release, The Chronic, Dr. Dre’s album where many first heard Snoop. .

A street mirror album

Doggystyle, which was produced exclusively by Dr. Dre,Snoop’s mentor, revolves around the concept of the “dogg”. The album cover art (obviously) refers to sex position, and is also a pun on Snoop’s name. Technically, the cover art illustrates some lyrical quotes from George Clinton’s single, Atomic Dog, released in 1982. But the artwork also expresses Gangsta culture – self-indulgence; drugs, cars, sex and money. With such a monumental artist whose authenticity renders the streets of the West Coast overrun by gangs, this album is by far one of the most important of the 90s, even before the rivalry between the East Coast and the West Coast, which twitched two years later. This record is a pivot for the hip-hop community, 

To get off the beaten track

What appeals to this record is its realism, which is based on the rapper’s personal experience. Dre was making heart-breaking rhythms, and Snoop would sit there and write lyrics on the spot. The album is riddled with skits, as distributors demand a finished product. Dre finished the available songs, inserted the skits (in 48 hours) and sent the album. Eager not to stretch the G-funk even further, Snoop and Dre decide to produce layers in one beyond that of The Chronic . Therefore, Doggystyle is less focused on heavy, slow beats and more on high tempo tracks.

Some of the album’s flagship tracks include the X-rated track “It Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None),” with Nate Dogg, a childhood friend, and Daz and Kurupt, who come to form Dogg Pound, Slick Rick’s ode “Lodi Dodi” and the famous alcoholic anthem “Gin And Juice”.

And the numbers speak for it

Doggystyle debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 800,000 copies in the US in week one, making it the fastest-selling hip-hop album of all time. “Who Am I (What’s My Name)? is the first single from the album, and it reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R & B / Hip-Hop Singles, and No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles. It was certified platinum in mid-1994. “Gin and Juice” was released as a single on January 15, 1994, reaching No. 8 and No. 1 as the previous single.

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