This post is co-written by my friend Jeff
Artist: Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre
Day Performing: Sunday
Genre: Hip pop
Who? Both artists are key figures in West Coast hip-hop, popularizing G-Funk music, a style of rap music that emphasizes heavy synthesizers with slow, heavy beats. Dre’s exceptional production ability has also led to the success of artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg, and can be viewed as “an obsessive-compulsive hermit still working on his follow-up to a record released a decade ago”… while Snoop as “an emcee who puts out an album every once in a while to meet the costs of his expensive weed habit.” All jokes aside, the Doc and Dogg absolutely owned the early-to-mid-‘90’s, at least on the West Coast. Cranking out hits and knocking off rappers from their pedestals, Snoop and Dre are a force to be reckoned with.
1999 The Chronic
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Nuthin But A G Thang (video)
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Still D.R.E. (video)
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - The Next Episode (video) - omg. seriously. sex. badadadada
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Bitches Ain’t Shit
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Let Me Ride
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Fuck Wit Dre Day
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Kush (video) - New off Detox. But seriously… what is Akon doing here?
Reviews of The Chronic
“…With its stylish, sonically detailed production, Dr. Dre’s 1992 solo debut, The Chronic, transformed the entire sound of West Coast rap. Here Dre established his patented G-funk sound: fat, blunted Parliament-Funkadelic beats, soulful backing vocals, and live instruments in the rolling basslines and whiny synths. What’s impressive is that Dre crafts tighter singles than his inspiration, George Clinton — he’s just as effortlessly funky, and he has a better feel for a hook, a knack that improbably landed gangsta rap on the pop charts. But none of The Chronic’s legions of imitators were as rich in personality, and that’s due in large part to Dre’s monumental discovery, Snoop Doggy Dogg. Snoop livens up every track he touches, sometimes just by joining in the chorus — and if The Chronic has a flaw, it’s that his relative absence from the second half slows the momentum. There was nothing in rap quite like Snoop’s singsong, lazy drawl (as it’s invariably described), and since Dre’s true forte is the producer’s chair, Snoop is the signature voice. He sounds utterly unaffected by anything, no matter how extreme, which sets the tone for the album’s misogyny, homophobia, and violence. The Rodney King riots are unequivocally celebrated, but the war wasn’t just on the streets; Dre enlists his numerous guests in feuds with rivals and ex-bandmates. Yet The Chronic is first and foremost a party album, rooted not only in ’70s funk and soul, but also that era’s blue party comedy, particularly Dolemite. Its comic song intros and skits became prerequisites for rap albums seeking to duplicate its cinematic flow; plus,Snoop and Dre’s terrific chemistry ensures that even their foulest insults are cleverly turned. That framework makes The Chronic both unreal and all too real, a cartoon and a snapshot. No matter how controversial, it remains one of the greatest and most influential hip-hop albums of all time.”
Worth seeing? (IMHO) Hell yeah. What better way to end the weekend by seeing two prominent figures of West Coast culture? (And don’t forget that they will be performing on the 4/20 weekend.. not sure if that was intentional.) Having gone through Snoop Dogg and Dre’s setlists of last year, it seems like they will probably be performing just their familiar, big hits from their older albums. Snoop has only had a handful of mediocre hits since Doggystyle (Jeff’s opinion… I still love Drop It Like It’s Hot LOL). Dr. Dre’s much-anticipated final studio album is in its so-far ten year production process and he recently announced he was taking a ‘break’ form music. Nonetheless, The Chronic, 2001, and Doggystyle are all regarded as timeless classics in the hip-hop community. And who knows… maybe headlining Coachella means that a release of Detox is on the horizon?